Have you been gorging yourself on sultanas lately? You might want to think again before pickup up a packet of the grape derivative product, with new research coming out of the Winslow Institute for Health Research suggesting that as few as 3 sultanas a day could have a wide range of effects on your wellbeing.
“It’s very worrying, and we’re surprised it’s taken this long for someone to do some research like this,” explains head researcher Max Bulson. “Even we were sceptical going in to this study, but the results speak for themselves, and we wouldn’t be surprised if supermarkets started pulling sultanas off their shelves soon.”
The problem, according to the researchers, is linked to the amino acids that make up the sultana. While these are also present in grapes, the drying process means that they make up a much larger percentage of the chemicals in sultanas, and combined with the tendency for people to eat many more of the dried fruits in a single sitting, the result is worrying. “The fact is we looked at cross sections of kidneys, livers and other organs of people who have died from degenerative diseases, and we found a large number of these amino acids had accumulated in their bodies, the same ones found in sultanas and other dried fruits,” explained the researchers. “While no direct link has been found between the two, we are strongly urging caution when it comes to the consumption of anything that contains these chemicals, until we know exactly the role they are playing in these people’s deaths.”
Asked whether he would suggest patients avoid dried fruits based on this study, nutritionist James Parks says that he absolutely would be avoiding them at all costs. “The risks are just too high,” he explained. “Until we can say with certainty that eating sultanas won’t affect people’s health, I think it’s just common sense to avoid them, and the fact is we just don’t have the evidence yet saying they are safe to eat. We might as well be eating uranium.”
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