Posts Tagged ‘gluten free’

Packaged Food – High Risk for Cross Contamination of Gluten

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

A new pilot study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds a that high number of “gluten free” products are cross contaminated…

Twenty-two inherently gluten-free grains, seeds, and flours not labeled gluten-free were purchased in June 2009 and sent unopened to a company who specializes in gluten analysis. All samples were homogenized and tested in duplicate using the Ridascreen Gliadin sandwich R5 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with cocktail extraction… Nine of 22 (41%) samples contained more than the limit of quantification, with mean gluten levels ranging from 8.5 to 2,925.0 ppm. Seven of 22 samples (32%) contained mean gluten levels >/=20 ppm and would not be considered gluten-free under the proposed FDA rule for gluten-free labeling. Gluten contamination of inherently gluten-free grains, seeds, and flours not labeled gluten-free is a legitimate concern.


J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Jun;110(6):937-940.

This pilot study demonstrates a major problem for those following a gluten free diet.  A random test showed that as high as 41% of shelf based products had enough gluten cross contamination to create a health problem for those with gluten intolerance.  Gluten Free Society has always recommended avoiding packaged processed foods for the following reasons:

  1. You cannot control what manufacturers will put in their products.
  2. Packaged processed foods are contradictory to good health.  (Considering that going gluten free is a mandatory decision to restore health, processed gluten free products will not help you achieve this)
  3. Cross contamination is a major issue.
  4. The so called “gluten free” grain substitutes have not been adequately studied to be recommended as staple foods in the diet, and many studies show them to be detrimental for those with celiac disease.

Bottom line:

Don’t fall into the false mindset that eating processed foods labeled “gluten free” are actually gluten free.  Don’t think that eating unhealthy processed food is going to help you re-establish or maintain your health.

Gluten Free, Grain Free Meeting Scheduled!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Gluten freeGet ready to be fed!  We are having another gluten free/grain free meeting on Saturday, January 16th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  We will be meeting at the First Colony Library on Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, TX.  The physical address is:

2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Dr. Osborne will be speaking on some new research and will be taking your nutritional questions.  Please come and join us for food, fun, and friendship.  No entry fee required.  Bring friends and family and help us educate the world about gluten.

We ask participants to bring a grain free dish.  Please bring copies of the recipe as well.  Many of our attendants have food allergies.

Please RSVP by calling 281-240-2229 or by responding to the email invitation.

Gluten Sensitivity – Who should be tested?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Gluten freeTheir is a great degree of confusion as regarding individuals who should be screened for gluten sensitivity/intolerance?

Because research has shown that as many as 40% of all Americans may be gluten sensitive, and that 1 in 100 have a severe form of this sensitivity causing the the autoimmune intestinal disease, celiac sprue, a case can be made that everyone in America should be screened for gluten sensitivity.

However, there are people with various risk factors or diseases that are at greater risk of having gluten sensitivity who should undoubtedly be tested.

These conditions include:

• Microscopic colitis (inflammation of the colon)
• Relatives of those with celiac disease or gluten-sensitive individuals including
• Chronic diarrhea of unknown origin
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Hepatitis C
• Liver disease of unknown origin
• Dermatitis herpetiformis
• Diabetes mellitus
• Degenerative disc disease
• Colon Cancer
Thyroid disease
• Psoriasis
• Any autoimmune diseases (common ones include):

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Dermatomyositis

• Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
• PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
• Asthma
Migraine Headaches
• Osteoporosis
• Iron deficiency
• Failure to thrive (FTT) or short stature in children
• Down’s syndrome
• Mothers of kids with neural tube defects
Female infertility (includes those with multiple miscarriages)
• Peripheral neuropathy
• Cerebellar ataxia (unexplained dizziness)
• Seizure disorders
• Psychiatric disorders (Schizophrenia and bipolar)
• Depression
• Alcoholism
• Autism

DNA - Science

Genetic Testing for gluten intolerance is available here.

Learn more about gluten intolerance/sensitivity here.