This is super easy and super delicious roasted chicken. Total prep time should be about 10 minutes. Cooking time is around 45 minutes. You benefit from a simply prepared dish with many healthy ingredients. Rosemary, for example, is a healing herb, which provides anti-inflammation, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. At the same time, garlic is also remarkably healing, providing potent immune-system boosting properties. This recipe is great for leftovers. You can double the recipe and have some on hand for upcoming meals.
Rosemary Tomato Oven Roasted Chicken
1½ pounds bone-in chicken pieces
6-8 medium tomatoes, chopped in halves
4-5 small purple onions, peeled and chopped in halves
If recent media reports are to be believed, going gluten-free might be a dangerous proposition. Why? Because doing so, according to a recent study published by Epidemiology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, might expose you to higher levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic and mercury.
The media has done a bad job of reporting on this study. But let’s give criticism where criticism is due, because the authors of the study also deserve some blame. After all, they chose the following title for their study: “The Unintended Consequences of a Gluten-Free Diet.”
Briefly put, the researchers, as well as the media, neglected to emphasize a critical point — “gluten-free” is not a diet because a diet should be defined by the foods it includes, not the foods it excludes. So-called “gluten-free diets” exclude of all gluten-containing foods, but this tells you nothing about what a “gluten-free diet” actually includes. It could be an extremely healthy Paleo diet, Primal diet, ketogenic diet, or another healthy diet that happens to exclude gluten. On the other hand, it could be a junk-food diet inclusive of lots of sugar, but without gluten.
To suggest that gluten-free diets have “unintended consequences” is to lump all gluten-excluding diets together — a great disservice to those who are trying to educate themselves about gluten and its risks.
Maria Argos, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and colleagues conducted the study published in Epidemiology in February of 2017. The researchers analyzed data of 7,471 individuals who were a part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2009 and 2014.
Among those individuals being studies, 73 people self-reported following a gluten-free diet. These people had blood mercury levels 70% higher than those who ate gluten and urine arsenic levels twice as high as those who ate gluten. The reason for these results, the researchers speculated, was that gluten-free dieters, by consuming gluten-free substitute products (gluten-free breads, cakes, cookies, etc.) end up consuming more rice and rice-flour. Rice plants are prone to accumulating heavy metals when watered with water containing those contaminants.
The bad reporting started with the title of the study, which seems to have been crafted for shock value. And as expected, the media took the bait, echoing similarly scary headlines, including the following:
The Chicago Tribune: “Going gluten-free might increase risk of arsenic, mercury exposure, study finds.”
The Sun: Think going gluten-free is good for you? You could be consuming twice as much ARSENIC
Fox News: Toxic metal at higher concentrations in gluten-free food?
What neither the researchers nor the journalists pointed out was that a “gluten-free diet” by no means necessitates consuming rice or rice flour. The Paleo diet, for example, is totally gluten-free, but doesn’t include rice. Therefore, the Paleo diet would not be associated with these “unintended consequences.”
There’s a lot of money to be made by discouraging people from abandoning gluten. Accordingly, there is misinformation and even disinformation about gluten-free diets and the health benefits of refraining from gluten. It’s fine to report the results of this study, but the researchers and reporters should have strongly emphasized that there are plenty of versions of gluten-free diets for which these “unintended consequences” would not apply. In other words, gluten-free can be extremely healthy. It simply depends on which gluten-free diet you chose.
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