Last week we shared an image found on the website Pinterest with our Facebook fans and it generated lots of questions about Gluten-free labeled products. (Unfortunately, we don’t know the original source of the image)
The image said, “Warning! Your gluten-free food might not be celiac safe.”
You are probably thinking, how come gluten-free labeled products are not safe for celiacs?
We’ll go straight to the point and tell you why gluten-free labeled products might not be celiac safe!
Many foods labeled by the manufacturers as gluten-free, in fact, have small amounts of gluten that could trigger an attack in a susceptible person. (Food Renegade)
The FDA allows companies to label their products as gluten-free even if their products has some gluten in it. The maximum amount allowed is 20 parts per million (ppm) It might seem like it’s not much, but that can add up if you base your diet on processed foods that are labeled gluten-free that still contain traces of gluten.
Many manufacturers are stringent in their testing of ingredients and their isolation of the equipment they use for processing. Others are not. In fact, in North Carolina, a man was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison after he was convicted of buying regular bread and repackaging it as gluten-free. (Food Renegade)
Another fact you should keep in mind is that not all the foods being marketed as gluten-free are healthy. Some are high in saturated fat or cholesterol. Others may be high in calories but contain very little amount of nutritious elements.
Our belief is that you should avoid packaged food and eat more naturally gluten-free foods that are made at home or somewhere you trust won’t be contaminated. If you do consume processed gluten-free food, make sure to read the label very carefully!