Striving to answer the question most commonly asked by sufferers of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity:
Is It Truly Gluten Free?
By visiting this site, it likely means one of three things:
- You have celiac disease, or suffer from gluten sensitivity in some form.
- You have chosen to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle for health, or other reasons.
- You have family or friends who fall into one of the above categories.
Being here also implies that you are probably looking for answers regarding the often confusing world of gluten-free food. I would venture to guess that every person who has ever tried to adhere to a gluten-free diet, either for themselves, or for a loved one, has more than once, asked the question “Is it truly gluten free?”
In Short, we’re here because gluten is a problem.
In my particular case, I fall into category 3 above. My incredible wife of 22 years (as of 2019) was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2001, amid a period of time where her health seemed to be in a free-fall. Additionally, my oldest daughter was diagnosed in 2015. In the intervening years, I couldn’t even begin to guess the number of times that we have asked “Is it truly gluten free?”.
Odds are, you can probably relate. Whether it was attempting to select foods while grocery shopping, or prior to eating a food product whose gluten content seemed ambiguous; or, whether it was after such a product had been consumed, resulting in multiple hours spent in the bathroom or doubled over in agony; you have likely experienced the frustration of being unable to get reliable answers to this seemingly simple question.
This frustration lies in the ongoing inability to definitively answer that question: “Is it truly gluten free?”. Every gluten-free-diet adherent knows, and follows, what I refer to as The Gluten Algorithm. This is my tongue-in-cheek way of referring to the process of elimination that you follow in order to determine whether a food is gluten-free or not. The problem is that this procedure is often incapable of providing solid guidance on food choices for gluten-sensitives. Not because the procedure is inadequate. But rather, because the information provided by manufacturers is inadequate, and sometimes inaccurate.
This is my attempt to help.
That’s where I believe this website, “Is It Truly Gluten Free?“, can help. My objective is to test as many food products as possible for gluten content, using standard gluten test kits, and then post the results for all to see. By doing so, I hope to help you make more informed food decisions.
However, simply posting the results of a single gluten test for any given food product is not particularly helpful. Testing products for the presence of gluten is somewhat limited in its usefulness because in a given test, only a small sample of the food can be tested. If that small sample tests gluten-free, that simply means that the sample didn’t contain gluten. What about the remainder of the food that didn’t make it into the sample? Additionally, what about the thousands of other packages of that product sitting out there on grocery store shelves? How do you know if they’re all gluten-free? Well, the short answer is that it’s not possible to determine whether a product is always gluten free. However, to help overcome this limitation, I will be testing food products multiple times–MANY times, in fact. By performing multiple tests on each product, we can then obtain a clearer, and statistically more accurate view of whether the food is truly gluten-free or not.
If you’re like me, you’re tired of asking “Is It Truly Gluten Free?”, to no avail. If you’re looking for a way to determine, with better clarity, what foods are safe for you and/or your loved ones, check back here often. You can also subscribe to email updates (by entering your email address in the sidebar or footer) and/or follow IITGF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or YouTube for frequent updates on foods as they are tested.