Gluten free diet elimination tests can be helpful if done properly, but they can also be misleading if your food is cross-contaminated with gluten.
In short, this means that you may go on a gluten free diet, only to conclude that it doesn’t do anything for you and stop.
But what if the reason the diet didn’t work was because it wasn’t really a gluten-free diet?
If you are eliminating gluten from your diet to see if you have a gluten allergy or some other gluten sensitivity other than celiac disease, you have to go by how you feel to decide if the diet is working.
If you have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, then you will have been told that a gluten-free diet is mandatory.
If you aren’t getting the results, then you can assume gluten isn’t your problem.
But you might be wrong. Why?
Gluten Free Diet and Cross-Contamination
The gluten free diet elimination test only works if you truly are on a 100% gluten-free diet.
Cheating on you diet is one issue I won’t cover in this article, since you will know yourself if you are cheating or not.
The problem, the big unknown, is how “clean” your food really is.
There are several stages along the way from food production, packing, processing and delivery where the seemingly pure and gluten-free food can get cross-contaminated with gluten.
We’ll have to assume that the farmer’s field is clean. There is always a chance that the farmer’s seed is not pure, and that the odd wheat kernel could have made it into the seeding hopper. Even if this does happen, you’d have to be unlucky to end up with one of 25 wheat grains from an entire field of some other crop.
With many crops, rice for example, this isn’t even an issue since rice and wheat grow under different conditions.
Is Gluten-Free Really Working?
Is your gluten free elimination diet really working?
If you aren’t getting results from your diet, you may think gluten is not the problem, that you don’t have a gluten allergy, or that your celiac test was wrong.
Before jumping to this conclusion, be sure that the food you’re eating really is truly 100% gluten-free.
This article is part of a series about gluten cross-contamination.
What are your experiences with a gluten-free elimination diet and cross-contamination?