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Gluten free grains

Gluten-free grains

There are several gluten-free grains that have a similar nutritional profile as the gluten-containing grains, serving as good substitutes.

Mercury in fish

Mercury levels in fish

Large predatory fish, such as shark, swordfish, marlin, or king mackerel, contain more mercury in a small serving than the weekly maximum safe limit for most people. See the most recent data on the mercury levels in fish.

Are green potatoes toxic?

Are green potatoes toxic?

Green potatoes can be toxic. They may indicate a high level of naturally occurring toxic chemicals called glycoalkaloids. If this level is too high, it can result in consciousness loss and even death.

Do oats contains gluten?

Does oatmeal have gluten?

Oats are gluten-free, unless they were contaminated. However, a small amount of people with celiac disease have an adverse reaction to oats, but the cause is another protein, called avenin.

Can raw potatoes make me sick?

Can raw potatoes make me sick?

Eating raw potatoes can make you sick - they can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, flatulence and cramps. The reasons are the indigestible starch, the contamination of bacteria from the soil and the toxins present in some potatoes.

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