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Arsenic Might Poison You if You Don’t Eat Fat

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What they found was that a diet high in the fatty acids in fish oils was positively linked with arsenic concentration in toenails. So were rice and alcohol. On the other hand, vegetable and animal fats were not. So dietary fat may play a role in clearing the arsenic from our bodies.

The caveat is that diets were self-reported. Our memories can be fuzzy when it comes to details of what we eat. So the project lead, Prof. Kathy Cottingham, cautions:

While there may be a direct interaction between fats and arsenic preventing absorption or binding to keratin in nails, the results may simply reflect dietary preference, with people who eat a diet rich in fats not eating foods high in arsenic, such as rice.

Prof. Cottingham and her colleagues are carrying out similar studies with children. Their results will give us more insight into the interaction between what we eat and how much arsenic remains in our bodies.

In the meantime, the study is one more confirmation that reasonable amounts of healthy fats play a role in our health. They might even protect us from arsenic poisoning.

Citation: Associations between toenail arsenic concentration and dietary factors in a New Hampshire population
Joann F Gruber, Margaret R Karagas, Diane Gilbert-Diamond, Pamela J Bagley, M Scot Zens, Vicki Sayarath, Tracy Punshon, J Steven Morris and Kathryn L Cottingham; Nutrition Journal 2012, 11:45 doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-45

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10:37AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Scary.......

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

EARTH CRY video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jppmMcjgWS0

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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