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Arsenic Might Poison You if You Don’t Eat Fat

Arsenic Might Poison You if You Don’t Eat Fat
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Arsenic is the perfect poison. With no odor or flavor to tip off the victim, it is the murder weapon of choice for many crime writers. Traces of it are so widespread it is nearly impossible to avoid entirely. Now scientists say the more fat you eat, the less likely you are to end up with arsenic in your toenails.

Care2 bloggers have written about the naturally occurring chemical’s being identified in fruit juice, water, baby food, and chicken.

A study in 2008 connected high dietary fat with arsenic-induced liver fibrosis in mice. It warned that a diet high in fat could exacerbate the impact of chronic exposure to small amounts of arsenic. The problem is the chemical is impossible to avoid.

Arsenic contaminates the water drunk by millions of people around the world, but everyone eats small amounts daily. According to Web MD, it occurs naturally in soil, but the amount we ingest is increased by feed, pesticides and fertilizers used in agriculture and the pressure-treated wood found in fence posts that surround a lot of fields.

A new study published June 29, 2012, in Nutrition Journal focused on 25 to 74 year old residents of New Hampshire whose water came from groundwater wells. The Dartmouth College scientists took a close look at the link between diet and arsenic. They surveyed participants’ diets and collected toenail clippings and samples of household tap water. They tested the water and the toenails for arsenic.

Next: A New Look at Diet and Arsenic

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10:37AM PST on Feb 17, 2013


10:36AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

WOW funny to actually be told to chow down on some fat...Interesting,thanks.

4:22PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012


5:40AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Many of you didn't seem to see the vegetable fat part. You don't have to eat animal fat. I opt for vegetable fat. Avocados, and coconuts are 2 of my favorite high fat foods to eat.

1:13AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Unbelievable! Being poisoned every which way we turn! Thank goodness we are now an informed society. All these years it's been occurring but now we can say No More!

12:41AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

I guess some fat is needed by the body!

8:20AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Something fishy around here...

6:48AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

no one can eat no fat for long--needed for elimination...wonder why fish oils keep it in the body?

5:28AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

There's an effort under way by the 1% to dumb down the population by exposing it deliberately to toxic substances. If one can't think clearly, then one can't offer resistance to bad policies.

5:00AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Of the things people are dying from, arsenic seems a less likely threat from car accidents or as I recently read cat feces that elevates suicidal actions...

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