Mitigating arsenic related health problems in Bangladeshi populations by introducing high-selenium lentils into the everyday diet

  • Lentils
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Judit Smits

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Calgary - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine


To perform a double-blind, randomized controlled trial to determine whether incorporation of high-selenium lentils into the daily diet, providing at least the recommended daily allowance (US-FDA RDA) of selenium, can decrease the body burden of arsenic, evident by higher arsenic excretion in urine and/or feces and decreased deposition in hair, when compared to the treatment group on low-selenium lentil consumption.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2016 - 2019