A Moment with Michele | Gluten Free Labeling

A Momeent with Michele

Occasionally I have people tell me that they are not feeling better after starting a gluten free diet. I strongly recommend a consult with a registered dietician , joining a Celiac support group and seeking out gluten free Facebook  pages. It generally takes a while to eat GF without making mistakes. I will caution you to read ALL labels. Companies are cashing in on the Gluten Free craze by labeling any naturally gluten free product as  “certified gluten free” Because the products do not contain gluten in their original form, it does not mean that there has been no contamination along the way. Food can become contaminated during harvesting, transportation, production lines etc. Some products are accidentally labeled GF then recalled. Under the GF label, foods may contain up to 20 ppm of gluten, which is deemed ” safe” for Celiacs.

Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC is a good resource and a great place to ask questions and find out if a product is actually gluten free.

Below is a little information about Gluten Free Watchdog but visit their website for more details and testing results.

“Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC was founded by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, to make state-of-the-art gluten-free food testing data available directly to you, the consumer. Contamination of naturally gluten-free grains and flours with wheat, barley, and rye is a concern to many people who must eat gluten free. In a study conducted by Tricia Thompson, Anne Lee, and Thomas Grace, 32% of the naturally gluten-free grains and flours tested contained gluten in amounts greater than 20 parts per million. Gluten contamination can occur in the fields where food is grown, in the trucks and railcars where food is transported, and in the processing and manufacturing plants where food is made ready for the consumer. It is our hope that Independently testing labeled gluten-free products and making results publicly available will allow you to feel more confident in the products you buy. Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC tests labeled gluten-free foods. All results are posted, regardless of findings. See the FAQ page at  for information on testing protocols.”

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