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Review of GlutenTox Home Test Kit from Biomedal Diagnostics

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Product Review GlutenTox Home Test Kit Biomedal Diagnostics

GlutenTox Home Test Kit

© 2011 Teri Lee Gruss

The Bottom Line

GlutenTox Home is a new test kit that quickly and safely analyzes foods and drinks for gluten - at home. The kit is designed to test for gluten in wheat, rye, barley and oats, at levels from 20 ppm (parts per million) down to 5 ppm. This is great news for people that are ultra-sensitive to the toxic effects of gluten.

Since the FDA has yet to set guidelines for gluten-free labeling, using the GlutenTox Home kit provides those with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance an easy way to safely avoid gluten in foods that may be cross-contaminated with gluten.

Pros

  • Test results help you safely avoid gluten cross contamination in foods and drinks
  • Antibody tests for toxic fraction of gluten in wheat, barley, rice and even oats
  • Adjustable sensitivity - Test for 20 ppm or 5 ppm in foods and beverages
  • User-friendly instructions
  • Test results in 20 minutes

Cons

  • Each time you use the test it costs between $12 and $14, plus S/H
  • The test kit cannot analyze foods that contain chocolate

Description

  • GlutenTox Home, Biomedal Diagnostics, Seville, Spain. Distributed in the U.S. by Emport, LLC, Pittsburg, PA, 412-447-1888.
  • GlutenTox Home test kits are available in a 2-pak or 5-pak kit, available online in the U.S. at their website.
  • Biomedal Diagnostics, the maker of GlutenTox Home is endorsed by the Spanish Federation of Associations of Celiac Disease Sufferers (F.A.C.E).

Guide Review - Review of GlutenTox Home Test Kit from Biomedal Diagnostics

GlutenTox Home is a new test kit that allows people with Celiac disease and gluten-intolerance to quickly and safely test foods and drinks for the toxic fraction of gluten. GlutenTox Home test kits are made by Biomedal Diagnostics in Seville, Spain and are available in the U.S. online at GlutenTox Home.

How does the GlutenTox Home test kit work? GlutenTox Home uses an antibody called G12 - an anti-gliadin antibody that reacts to prolamins in grains: gliadin in wheat, hordein in barley, secalin in rye and avenin in oats. These are the prolamins (proteins) that can trigger an auto-immune response in people with Celiac disease and gluten-intolerance.

The GlutenTox Home test kit has "adjustable sensitivity" which means it can detect levels of gliadin (a toxin fraction in gluten) from 20 ppm down to 5ppm. If you react negatively to very low levels of gluten, follow the test kit instructions for testing at 5ppm.

Because the FDA has yet to establish guidelines for the labeling of gluten-free foods, gluten-free consumers are continually at risk for inadvertent exposure to gluten when consuming foods cross-contaminated with gluten - in fields, during harvesting and when processed in facilities that also process grains that contain gluten.

In 2010 researchers Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, Anne Roland Lee, MSEd, RD, LD and Thomas Grace published the findings of a study designed to assess potential gluten contamination in single-ingredient grains, seeds and flours considered "inherently" gluten-free but not labeled as "gluten-free." What did they discover? 32% of samples tested actually contained gluten levels ≥20 ppm.

I used the GlutenTox Home test kit to test for gluten cross-contamination in a "masa harina" corn flour product used to make homemade tortillas. The product packaging was labeled "Corn - A Gluten-Free Food." It was not labeled "Certified Gluten-Free," the official gluten-free labeling designation of the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which tells consumers that the product has been independently tested for gluten.

The GlutenTox Home test kit instructions are very user-friendly. I used a kitchen timer to conduct the test and would recommend using one to precisely follow timing instructions. I tested my masa harina sample to 20 ppm, the amount of gluten that the European Union allows in products labeled gluten-free and the limit that the FDA will likely allow when they get around to ruling on this important labeling issue.

Test results appear as colored lines on a plastic test stick. My test results showed that my food sample contained less than 20 parts per million of gluten, a level that most (but not all) Celiacs and people with non-Celiac gluten-sensitivity can consume without ill effect.

When using the test kit to analyze a food for someone that is extremely sensitive to the toxic effects of gluten, follow the kit instructions for testing the sample to 5 ppm. This simply involves adding specifically more of the prepared sample to the dilution bottle.

According to the manufacturer, the GlutenTox Home test kit is not appropriate for testing foods that contain chocolate.

The user-friendly GlutenTox Home test kit was developed by Biomedal Diagnostics, based in Seville, Spain. Biomedal is endorsed by the Spanish Federation of Associations of Celiac disease sufferers (F.A.C.E).

GlutenTox Home test kits are available in the U.S. at their website.

Have more questions about the GlutenTox Home test kit? Visit their FAQ page.

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Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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