GlutenTox Announces At-Home Gluten Detectors
They say variety is the spice of life. But is it gluten free?
We all have favorite brands that make gluten-free foods that we trust and enjoy (like Udi’s!). At the same time, there’s always something new to try; a snack that seems gluten free but isn’t certified, a new place to get gluten-free flours, a café that advertises its gluten-free menu, or even a friend who promises they’ve figured out how to feed you safely. With new foods, those first few bites can be nerve-wracking.
That’s a big part of why I’m so excited to bring GlutenTox Home to the U.S. It’s a simple, user-friendly test kit that detects gluten in foods, drinks and cosmetics. Because GlutenTox Home doesn’t require any special equipment, it’s perfect for use at home, school, and work or on vacation. It’s able to detect gluten from wheat, barley, rye and oat to a threshold of 5ppm or 20ppm (your choice), making it perfect even for those with very sensitive Celiac or sensitivities.
GlutenTox Home works because of a special antibody called G12, which was developed specifically to recognize the 33-mer peptide on the gluten molecule: precisely the part that’s toxic to people with Celiac disease. If the G12 antibody in the test stick finds any gluten, a red line appears (as many people have joked, it’s kind of like a pregnancy test). If there’s no gluten, there’s no red line. It’s that simple.
A few weeks ago, we introduced GlutenTox Home to the gluten-free community at the GFAF Expo in Chicago (where we also ate a lot of Udi’s products, since we were serendipitously located at the neighboring table). Amidst all of the hubbub, people told us about what they were planning to test. And what were people curious about? Popular answers were mother-in-law’s cooking, beloved cosmetics from companies that won’t confirm gluten-free ingredients, and – of course – beer.
To learn more about this gluten test kit, or to order your own (if you’re in the US or Canada), visit us at www.glutentox.com. If you’d like to watch a video showing how easy it is to use GlutenTox Home, check us out on YouTube.
Where do you think there might be gluten hidden in your home? If you’ve already tried GlutenTox Home – what did you test for gluten?
-Emily Kaufman @ GlutenTox