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Separate Gluten-Free Appliances: Are they necessary?

By January 19, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

A question that many new gluten-free eaters ask themselves.

Do I really need to go out and buy a new toaster? Will I really get sick from crumbs?

The above questions are asked at the same time that the overwhelming feeling of what has my life become? starts to set in.

Do you have a dedicated gluten-free toaster? I do. I went out and got one the day I went gluten-free. If I was going to do this whole change my lifestyle thing, I was going to do it right. That’s just the kind of person I am though. I don’t half-*** anything, so I definitely wasn’t going to cut any corners as I got myself healthy. No way, no how.

But, not everyone feels the way I feel. Maybe they don’t get the same symptoms from gluten that I do, and see this all as a bunch of jargon that their doctor told them. Maybe they just don’t want to go out and buy another appliance, or maybe they don’t have the extra funds to go purchase yet another thing for this diet.

I understand where you’re coming from if you’re on the fence. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have my own opinions regarding it all. We are all entitled to that, aren’t we?? I’m pretty dead-set on the dedicated appliance thing too, so when I decided to do the below experiment, regardless of the outcome, I knew it wouldn’t change my dedicated-appliance practices.

Does a non-dedicated toaster pose a serious threat?

What is GlutenTox? It is a kit that allows you to test for traces of gluten, whether it be 5ppm or 20ppm. I was given a couple kits from Emport LLC at the Celiac Awareness Tour in Cleveland.

I didn’t want to test actual food though, I wanted to test something that we all can relate to. So, the first thing that popped into my head was testing the gluten-eater toaster in my household.

If I toasted gluten-free bread in the gluten toaster, would it be contaminated?

GlutenTox Experiment

Experimentation Time

So here’s what I did:

1. Read the GlutenTox directions and got everything I needed: Gluten toaster, gluten-free bread, GlutenTox testing tubes.

2. Toasted a slice of Rudi’s Gluten-Free bread. Scraped as much of the top layers off as I could, which yielded one scoop of crumbs.

3. Put the bread crumbs to the test.

The Results

The test strip (which looked like a pregnancy test so I didn’t post any pics online…didn’t want people to get the wrong idea!) had a blue line across the middle. If a red/pink line appeared after 10 minutes, there would be traces of gluten found in the sample.

So I waited….

Ten minutes later the timer went off. What were the results?

NO RED/PINK LINE!

Not going to lie, I was kind of ticked off. Had I been taking unnecessary measures the past 3 years? Are my toaster-beliefs all a lie?!

These questions were running through my head as I wondered how I would write to all of you that the test was negative, and that the gluten toaster didn’t contaminate my bread. BUT, that’s when I realized that there’s still too many unknowns…

Did I scrape every part of the bread? Did every crumb make it into to the little test tube? If I didn’t scrape some tiny little space on the bread, I would still have ended up eating it, resulting in a gluten-induced illness.

Analysis

Even after analyzing the data I collected, I still wouldn’t use the gluten toaster. The threat is still there. I didn’t have a positive this time, but I might next time.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t get in bed with the Devil.

That’s my opinion. What’s yours?

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Celiac Awareness Tour

By November 17, 2012 Gluten-Free Experiences

Today I attended the Celiac Awareness Tour in Cleveland, OH.

The Celiac Awareness Tour has several stops throughout the country. Each stop has presentations by celiac disease experts, chef demonstrations and dozens of gluten-free food and beverage exhibits. You will find both local and national gluten-free food and beverage manufacturers at the event, and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

I was very excited for the Celiac Awareness Tour because I knew I was going to have the chance to connect with several people on the gluten-free diet, including attendees, speakers, and business owners. I love a good networking opportunity, so I got my G-Free Laura business cards ready to go.

When my mother and I arrived to the event we first got the lay of the land. There was a ballroom filled with gluten-free vendors where you could sample and purchase products, watch chef demonstrations, and then there was a separate room where the presenters would speak. We got our game-plan together, marking down which speakers and chef demo’s we wanted to see.

While walking around the ballroom, I was able to sample some new gluten-free products, and also taste some favorites that I already have highlighted on my website. It was neat to see others so happy about the product availability, and it made me appreciate the fact that I am able to review these products so often.

One new company I connected with is Savory Foods. I spoke with Chef Jean-Rene Renusson about their gluten-free pizza crusts and pre-made cookie dough. I thought it was great that the company offers cookie dough in a tub, and it brought back memories of elementary school fundraisers when I would sell tubs and tubs of what I now refer to as my poison. Savory Foods also had an awesome recipe for gluten-free stuffing as well, and I plan to highlight it on my Gluten-Free Recipes page for Thanksgiving!

I was very interested in learning about a company called GlutenTox. They sell test-kits that help you to identify traces of gluten in different products. I also was able to sit in on the company’s presentation and was amazed at all of the information I was not aware of! It seems crazy that I’ve been on the gluten-free diet for over 3 1/2 years yet there’s still things I have to learn! I plan to use the GlutenTox test-kits to identify the risks of contamination in shared kitchen products/utensils (i.e. shared toaster) and re-used pasta water. Keep an eye out for the post – it should be pretty interesting!

I also was able to have a conversation with Staff Physician in the Department of Gastroenterology, Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Abdullah Shtnawei. It was amazing that Dr. Shtnawei took the time to have a private conversation with me and genuinely cared about my questions and personal struggle.

Finally, I met Rebecca Black, a.k.a. Pretty Little Celiac! After having multiple conversations online through several different social media sites, I met Rebecca in person. It’s always interesting to meet someone who, although you have never officially “met”, you feel like you already know. Rebecca gave me a shout out to the audience and encouraged open conversation in her presentation. It was great!

Overall, the Celiac Awareness Tour was an awesome experience. It was the perfect way to spend my Saturday and I am very happy I decided to make the trip to Cleveland!

To see if the Celiac Awareness Tour is coming to a city near you, check out their website!

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