How to Stop Gluten Contamination

How to Stop Gluten Contamination {Links Resource}

You are living gluten-free… right?

icon_utensilsYou changed
your diet.

icon_blenderYou changed
your kitchen.

icon_hatYou changed
your menu.

icon_eyeYou changed
your makeup products.

But how do you know you’re really living gluten-free?

Are you still experiencing strange symptoms—GI distress, brain fog, fatigue, skin issues?
Do you still not feel like yourself but can’t put your finger on why?

Are you doing everything “right”? Maybe, but maybe not.

Accidental gluten contamination
(AKA cross-contamination or cross-contact)

is one of the most difficult and most important aspects of living gluten-free to master. Getting “glutened” is usually the source of both acute and chronic symptoms in people who are strictly following a gluten-free diet.

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Yes, there are “experts” who will definitively tell you that you cannot get glutened through your skin, from distilled beverages, or from the protein that has degraded from that special manufacturing process.

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However, every person is different. What may gluten one person may not gluten another. The research of living gluten-free is still in its infancy. There are not sufficient tests or protocols or treatments (other than diet) yet. Hopefully, one day we will get there.

Not so long ago, people who tested negative for Celiac Disease were told that they didn’t have a problem with digesting gluten.

Now, there is evidence that Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and other gluten-related disorders not only exist but may be more prevalent in the general population than Celiac Disease (source). Researchers, doctors, and experts who speak to a spectrum of both symptoms and sensitivities are usually the most knowledgeable on the subject.

I cannot provide the answers for your individual situation—I cannot tell you if you will react to gluten in makeup or if sharing a kitchen with your non-GF roommate is a bad idea. What I can do is provide information about basics of gluten contamination, discuss possibilities for accidental gluten contamination in everyday life, and provide recommendations for minimizing accidental gluten contamination.


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I do not claim to have all the answers. I am still learning, too. Please feel free to participate in this discussion by commenting on any post, emailing me, or asking questions you are struggling to answer. As a community, we may be able to help find an answer with you (not for you!) to make sure you are living a truly gluten-free life.