The increasing number of gluten-free products on the market can be both a blessing and a curse. Yes, it gives us more options, but are those options truly safe and healthy?
Today the Gluten Free RN goes over the important questions to ask about the products you consume, explaining how the foods promoted by some gluten-free groups may be influenced by their corporate sponsors. She reminds us why we can’t simply trust the products labeled ‘gluten-free’ or ‘gluten removed,’ discussing the lack of oversight and standardization around classification and the cumulative effect of consuming a number of products that are just under the 20 ppm cutoff.
Nadine also shares a list of companies she trusts to consistently produce gluten-free products and offers suggestions around new food options we might explore. Listen in and learn to choose the nutrient-dense foods that will help your body heal!
The importance of questioning the source of your information
- Gluten-free groups take money from sponsors (corporations, pharmaceutical companies)
Why Nadine avoids the ‘gluten removed’ label
The questions to ask about gluten-free products
- Is it manufactured in a designated facility?
- From where do they source the ingredients?
- Do they batch test those ingredients?
The cumulative effect of eating many products just under 20 ppm
Reliable companies that consistently produce truly gluten-free products
The challenges faced by newly diagnosed celiac patients
- Feeling different
- Loss of convenience
Why Nadine avoids gluten-free breads
New food options to explore as a celiac patient
Why Nadine recommends reevaluating the foods you consume
- Ensure they are nutrient dense, don’t cause inflammation
Why you can’t trust product labels
- Corporations given six months to update after ingredients change
- Not required to test products labeled gluten-free (no oversight, standardization)
Nadine’s rules around choosing products
- Five ingredients or less
- Must be able to picture ingredients
The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America
Connect with Nadine:
‘Your Skin on Gluten’ on YouTube
Books by Nadine:
Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism