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.
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.
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