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GlutenTox Home Test Kits and a Giveaway!

I am very excited to share today’s product review with you!  While we were perusing the vendor fair at the GFAF Expo in Chicago, my friend Wendy of Celiacs in the House and I stopped by the GlutenTox Home booth and had a great conversation with Catherine Torgler, PhD of Biomedal Diagnostics, the developer of the new gluten home test kit.

The GlutenTox Home Test Kit is a rapid and user-friendly test for the detection of gluten in food (with the exception of chocolate) and drinks which has an extremely harmful effect on people who suffer from celiac disease and non-celiac gluten-sensitivity.  Catherine went on to explain the new G12 antibody:

“The G12 antibody can specifically recognize a fragment in the 33-mer peptide of gliadin (part of the gluten complex). This 33-mer fragment is resistant to enzymatic digestion and is responsible for the onset of celiac disease.  This same antibody is also capable to recognize varieties of oat that can trigger a reaction in celiac patients, the kit is therefore also a good tool to ensure the oat a celiac is about to consume is harmless.”  Click here to learn more.

Because the FDA has yet to finalize the proposed standard for gluten-free labeling (currently less than 20 ppm of gluten), we, in the gluten-free community are left on our own to determine if 1) a product contains gluten in one of its many hidden forms and 2) if the product has been exposed to gluten via cross-contamination.

For people who experience swift and obvious reactions to gluten exposure, they have the (albeit back-handed) benefit of knowing which products to stay away from, but experiencing that kind of pain is no doubt something one would rather not endure.  For people like myself, an atypical celiac who does not experience any obvious physical symptoms from accidental glutenings, it’s a dangerous game of Russian Roulette not knowing exactly what is in your food…100% of the time.  I do get routine annual blood tests to monitor my compliance with the gluten-free diet, but a year of unknowingly consuming gluten, even trace amounts, can have devastating consequences.  Trust me when I say that zero symptoms does not mean the same thing as zero damage (I unfortunately have the blood tests to prove it).  Personally, I’m a big advocate of the 3-tier system that Rodney Ford, MD, MB, BS, FRACP proposes, but I digress. :-D

Remember, whether a product contains 1 ppm of gluten or 20 ppm of gluten, it still contains gluten.  We are all different and therefore it is difficult to know what is the absolute upper threshold of daily gluten intake that is safe for everyone with gluten intolerance.  For me and mine though, I’m a zero gluten gal (at least I try to be) and that is why I’ve been moving my family more towards a whole foods diet, with only the very rare, occasional use of prepackaged gluten-free products (versus the other way around, which is the way it used to be for us).  For a good article on how much gluten is considered “safe,” Nancy Lapid wrote an article about it here on About.com.

So, until there are there are some clear and strict federal guidelines in place for products labeled “gluten-free,” the GlutenTox Home Test Kit is a great resource to help identify gluten-free products which are truly safe.

The following is information from the GlutenTox Home website:

Test Sensitivity

Aligning with Codex Alimentarius Commission, GlutenTox Home can detect gluten in food at 20 parts per million (ppm). Additionally it can detect gluten in food at 5ppm for those who need a stricter gluten-free diet.

Technology

GlutenTox Home contains a new antibody called G12. It was developed to specifically recognize the toxic fraction of gluten present in wheat, barley, rye and oat that triggers the auto-immune response in celiac patients. The specificity of this technique prevents accidental ingestion of food that contains these cereals.

GlutenTox Home and Oat

The new technology used in GlutenTox Home can be used to differentiate between beneficial oat varieties that are safe for celiacs.  Read journal on oat study here: (link to journal)

Up until recently, GlutenTox Home has only been available in Spain and other parts of Europe.  Emily Kaufman has brought GlutenTox Home to the United States via her company, Emport, LLC.  In addition to selling the kit online, Emport, LLC is working with retailers to place GlutenTox Home on store shelves nationwide.

GlutenTox Home is available for purchase online at: www.glutentox.com

More information about GlutenTox Home is available at: www.glutentoxhome.com

Emily kindly gave Wendy and I each a complimentary GlutenTox Home test kit so we could do this fun experiment for you.  Last week, I asked my readers on Facebook which products they would most like for us to test and those products were: Post’s Fruity Pebbles cereal (which is now labeled gluten-free), General Mills Chex cereal, Crunchmaster crackers and Annie’s Gluten-Free Bunny Cookies.

You asked and we obliged!

Here are the logistics:

The following is a little photo tutorial:

Smash up your sample with a clean crushing device (I used my sauerkraut pounder), my first sample was the newly gluten-free Fruity Pebbles Cereal (above photos).

Measure out 2 level spoonfuls (provided in test kit) of your sample into the Extraction Solution (above photos).

After vigorously shaking the sample in the Extraction Solution for 2 minutes (it is important to have a stop watch handy…yes, there’s an app for that!), allow the solution to rest for 5 minutes, until the sample has settled to the bottom of the container (above photos).

To test your sample to 20 ppm, use a pipette to place 2 drops of the Extraction Solution (bottle with the yellow cap) into the Dilution Solution (bottle with the blue cap).  To test to 5 ppm, you would add 8 drops instead of 2.  Shake gently for 15 seconds then open the package containing the test…it looks like a pregnancy test (above photos).

Using a new pipette, place 5-6 drops of the Dilution Solution onto the test strip, then set the stop watch for 10 minutes and wait.

This would be a good time to catch up on your favorite magazine that has been collecting dust for a while.  Or, call your mom to say hello, nevermind, save that call for when you have at least 30 minutes to spare. ;-)

I think I was more nervous about these test results than I was when I was anxiously awaiting to find out if Sam and Luke were on their way, LOL!

One line, not two…guess what honey?  We’re not pregnant! (Sorry, couldn’t help it). ;-)

Had there been gluten present, the sticks would have had a pink line show up next to the blue control line.  Neither test had a pink line so…

My box* of Post Fruity Pebbles passed the “20 ppm (or under) of gluten” test!

My box* of General Mills Honey Nut Chex passed the “5 ppm (or under) of gluten” test!

*It is important to note that there’s always the chance of variation from lot to lot with any given product, and so the test results really can’t count as any sort of official certification (or condemnation) of a product.

The following are Wendy and Shelby’s test results:

From Wendy:

Shelby and I decided to test Annie’s Gluten-Free Bunny Cookies because I used them to decorate Easter cupcakes and someone on the Celiac List-Serv had asked about cross-contamination issues. Holidays seem to be the times I get caught with a new item that I haven’t properly researched. The bunnies tested negative with the 5 ppm test.

I also chose the Crunchmaster Crackers because I felt I was reacting to something in my diet and with so few processed foods and not eating out, the crackers were on the very short list of possible suspects. Crunchmaster tested negative at 5ppm also.

This points out that what is making a lot of us react and then wonder about gluten, is not really gluten, but other things that we are sensitive to. Looking at the lists of ingredients in both these products I see corn, soy, sesame, oils, tapioca, gums, and starches and other gluten-free whole grains. It seems like the longer we are gluten-free, the more things we find are causing reactions. The GlutenTox test helped me to rule out gluten as the issue and to look deeper into the ingredient list to start to find other foods and ingredients to avoid.

Heidi here, Emily informed me that the GlutenTox Home test kits are a qualified medical expense for anyone with a health savings account, so long as the patient is using it to mitigate symptoms of a diagnosed illness and can provide proof of diagnosis if asked.  For more information, contact Emily Kaufman at: emilyk@emportllc.com.

If you order a GlutenTox Home Test Kit during the month of May, you can get a 10% discount using the code GFMAY upon checkout.

Emily has kindly offered to give one of my readers a FREE GlutenTox Home Test kit! 

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment!

*Entries limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

Bonus Entry Opportunities (these are strictly optional, but should you decide to do any of them, please leave a separate comment for each task you complete as this is how I keep track of entries, thank you).

  • Share the link to this giveaway on your Facebook Page
  • Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (be sure to include @adventuresgfmom in your tweet so I know you did this)

I will announce the winner on Friday, May 13, 2011, Good Luck! :-D

 

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Comments

  1. Kristina says:

    This would be a very helpful tool to have! I was interested especially in the Crunchmaster crackers, since that is the only 1 of the 4 products I have tried and consistently eat. Thanks for the good info and the post!

    I "liked" Celiacs in the House on Facebook.

  2. Jenni says:

    Oh this is so cool!

    I already 'Like' Adventures… on Facebook :-)

  3. Tracy says:

    Thanks for doing this! I can't use the gluten free Fruity Pebbles because of the artificial dyes but I use Cocoa Pebbles and a few of the Chex cereals on a regular basis so it's nice to know that these big companies can be trusted.

  4. jessia chapman baldw says:

    That's so cool!

  5. Amy says:

    This is really interesting! Thanks for sharing your findings!

  6. Emily K says:

    Heidi, I'm so glad you got negatives! And I LOVE the photos!!

  7. Lisa G says:

    I like you on facebook!

  8. Lisa G says:

    I would love the test kit, although I think it would be addicting I would be testing everything!

    • I hear ya Lisa, LOL! I already told my husband that if we manage to have any money left in our flex spending account at the end of the year, I'm stocking up on these tests! :-D

  9. carmen mccoy says:

    Wow, how cool is that? I had no idea there was a way to test foods for gluten at home!

  10. Patti S says:

    Thanks for sharing your results. This was a fascinating topic to read about. In your article how could you resist not writing BACK-ENDED right here.

    "For people who experience swift and obvious reactions to gluten exposure, they have the (albeit back-handed) benefit of knowing which products to stay away from, but experiencing that kind of pain is no doubt something one would rather not endure."

  11. Becki Nelson says:

    This is great news! I am excited to try it!

  12. Becki Nelson says:

    Not sure if my first post came in. I think this is a great idea and I too, think I would become addicted to testing food and drinks!

  13. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for reviewing this product, I had not heard of it and now I will definitely be purchasing it.

  14. Rochelle says:

    This would be huge help!!

  15. Niv says:

    It would be good to have one of this around. Keeping fingers crossed :-)

  16. missy says:

    Cool! I liked Celiac in the house and Adventure

  17. Kim says:

    This is a great site! Thanks for reviewing this product.

  18. Alta says:

    This is so cool! Love it. Now, if only it was convenient to use it when eating out…where most of my "glutenings" occur!

  19. Suz Reagan says:

    I "liked" Gluten Tox Home on Facebook. I cannot wait to try this out on the Fruity Pebbles & Cocoa Pebbles snack bars. Austyn reacts within 3 bites to both each time.

  20. Suz Reagan says:

    "Liked" Celiacs in the House on Facebook.

  21. Suz Reagan says:

    I already "Like" you on Facebook – does that count? : )

  22. Suz Reagan says:

    Following GlutenTox on Twitter

  23. Suz Reagan says:

    Following @midlife_celiac on Twitter.

  24. Suz Reagan says:

    Following Adventures… on Twitter.

  25. Debi says:

    Great post, Heidi and Wendy! I'd be testing everything, too. Can you say, OCD? lol It's the only thing that kept me away from getting the test kit.

  26. Alicia says:

    I'll keep my Chex in the pantry…..Thank you so much for doing this:)

  27. Jenny says:

    Awesome post Heidi! I can't wait to get my hands on one of these, would love to use it to test gluten free foods at school, especially when I get into my food biology courses. (I'm secretly a science nerd, grew up wanting to be a pathologist)

  28. Jenny says:

    I of course follow you on twitter

  29. Jenny says:

    I follow Celiacs in the House on Twitter also

  30. Jenny says:

    I follow GlutenTox on Twitter also.

  31. Alicia says:

    I "like" Gulten Tox Home on facebook.

  32. Jenny says:

    I like Adventures of a gluten free mom on facebook

  33. Jenny says:

    I like Celiacs in the house on facebook

  34. Jenny says:

    I like GlutenTox Home – North America on facebook also.

  35. Alicia says:

    I already like you on facebook…..you're my guide and inspiration :)

  36. Jenny says:

    Mentioned on my fb page (creative cooking gluten free)

  37. Jenny says:

    Tweeted about the giveaway (@Creatively_GF)

  38. Lisa says:

    I waited eagerly, holding my breath, for the results of the Pebbles. Sometimes I really need to be able to give them to my daughter. I do mostly give her whole foods, but sometimes…

    Anyway I follow you (everywhere). LOL!

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Yippee!! I am so happy to have found your site! I now like you on FB and would LOVE to win this kit…we are new to Gluten free eating as only one of my four children (my 5yr old daughter) is having issues with Gluten…learning as I go! :)

  40. Jeri says:

    This looks like a very useful tool. I especially am interested as I don't have symptoms from eating gluten so wouldn't know otherwise. I hear there will be gluten free Rice Krispies coming around June. Hopefully, Kellog's will be as diligent as Post and General Mills appear to be in your tests.

  41. Rebekah says:

    Sounds interesting! THanks for sharing! :)

  42. Deanna says:

    I'd love to get a free test kit! Thanks for sharing your test results.

  43. Cindy says:

    That sounds like a useful tool to have on hand – but I really hope the FDA passes a resolution soon to require companies to test and label for gluten.

  44. Elizabeth says:

    Interesting! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  45. We would LOVE to try this out!

    Thanks!

    Nichole

  46. Janet says:

    I wish I'd had something like this to test some cosmetics that I think made me sick a few months back. There was no ingredient list on the product itself (it was on the packaging that had been thrown away months before). Trying to get a straight answer out of the manufacturer was a lesson in frustration as they couldn't give me a definitive yes or no on whether there was gluten in the product since some of their ingredients come from third parties with "proprietary" formulations.

  47. Janet says:

    I "Like" GlutenTox Home- North American on FB

  48. Janet says:

    I "Like" Celiacs in the House on FB

  49. Janet says:

    I "Like" Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on FB

  50. Janet says:

    I follow GlutenTox on Twitter

  51. Janet says:

    I follow Celiacs in the House on Twitter

  52. Janet says:

    I shared this giveaway on FB

  53. Kristin says:

    I already like you on facebook

  54. Jennifer C says:

    I'd love to try this out. Thanks!

  55. nicole martin says:

    I love it and want/need one so bad! I get canker sore so bad with even a trace amount of gluten..My son get very bad tummy issues:(

  56. Jennifer says:

    I follow you on FB.

  57. Jennifer says:

    Would love to win this! :)

  58. Emily Noe says:

    Would love to win :)

  59. No Gluten Here says:

    This would be a great test for my teenage daughter (4 of us are gf in family) to use in an experiment to teach/show her friends about gluten and her issues with possible hidden gluten in products. I would be so excited to win this for this reason!

  60. Vivian says:

    I follow you on facebook. With 3 kids 7 year old 4 year old and a baby, with one of my children being autistic this tool would be wonderful to be able to check things on the spot. It gets so hectic in this house, and since my son has been on the gluten free diet he has been able to look me in the eyes for the first time. Keeping gluten out of his diet is my number one mission. :)

  61. Alena Mack says:

    I saw them at GFAF Expo as well! Looks like a great product. So great that you actually got to test it out!

  62. Jessie says:

    This would be very interesting to win and try out!

  63. Jessie says:

    I like Adventures of GF mom on facebook!

  64. Christy G. says:

    Amazing how far technology has come!

  65. Susan says:

    This looks like a great product. I would love to test something that I've eaten a couple of times and had reaction to. The photos show two sets of testing equipment – is that correct? I'm glad it works and shows that we are able to trust companies when they say that their products are GF! (Of course, there's always the danger of cross-contamination somewhere down the line.)

  66. Diamond says:

    I might be too late, but thought I would add my comment into the mix, just in case I'm not.

  67. Carla says:

    I just found your blog because of rockin' gluten free. great content!

  68. healing123 says:

    Thank you for your resourcefullness and equiping others to combat the gluten. Thanks!

  69. Jesica says:

    This is so awesome!

  70. Tina says:

    This would be great to use at my son's science fair to show the different products that are or are not gluten free along with information on Celiac disease.

  71. Christy says:

    I could soooo get some great use out of this. I'd love to check some things in our gluten shopping guide that are now marked as gf but possibly contaminated from the assembly line.

  72. Jenna says:

    I've just started following the Celiacs in The House blog, and I'm going to subscribe to yours too.

  73. tookie says:

    Just received this e-mail today 05/22 and it ended 05/13. Why am I getting e-mails after it is over.

    Thanks. Love your sigh.

    • I'm so sorry Tookie, my RSS feed was down for nearly a month, so my email updates were not going out to my subscribers (unbeknownst to me at the time). I just had my feed fixed yesterday and apparently, it sent out updates for all the posts I had made during the time period when my feed was down.

      Best,
      Heidi

  74. alicia says:

    I have missed your give-away but I wanted to thank you for this wonderfully informative post. A friend of mine sent me a link to your site today as our family is gluten free due to our little boy's issues with gluten (we didn't have him tested for celiac as you have to be eating a gluten-filled diet for that). so glad i found your blog and these magnificent test strips. i had NO idea anything like this existed and am giddy with bliss!

  75. mareymercy says:

    Oh dear. I foresee myself testing everything in my house with this. LOL. That said, you hair is adorable!

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