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Sources of Hidden Gluten & Cross Contamination

Gluten Free Doesn’t Always Mean Gluten Free

Research shows that gluten in doses as small as 20 parts per million (1 breadcrumb) can cause inflammation.  It has also been established that gluten antibodies can stay in your system for several months.  Sources of hidden gluten and cross contamination  are lurking everywhere.  In order to successfully navigate a healthy gluten free diet, you have to be well versed in finding and avoiding these exposures.

The following video will help you navigate some of the under recognized danger zones.

Restaurants are a Common Problem

More and more chain restaurants are attempting to provide a gluten free option. Dominoes Pizza, P.F. Chang’s, Outback Steakhouse, etc. Eating out at restaurants is one of the most common areas where hidden gluten or cross contamination exposure occurs. It is virtually impossible to ensure that all staff members are trained appropriately. I visited Outback Steakhouse several years ago because they advertise a gluten free menu. I asked the waiter about gluten and his response was – “what is gluten?” I know that many of you can probably relate to this as well. As a general rule of thumb, I recommend avoiding eating out as much as possible, because it is impossible to control the potential for exposure.

Exposure Goes Deeper Than Food Alone

Many people are not aware of the potential to react to gluten from non-food or air born substances. Handling wheat based dog foods, breathing in flour from the air in a bakery, kissing, and skin lotions are common examples where hidden gluten can be found.

Common Sources of Hidden Gluten and Cross Contamination

  • licking envelopes or stamps
  • sauces for meats, salads, etc
  • tooth paste
  • shampoo
  • frying oils
  • shared cutting boards or utensils
  • grain based sweeteners (i.e. malt, corn sugar)
  • Thickening agents used in processed foods
  • Medications

The list goes on and on and on. The bottom line is this – Be Careful and read your labels. Know what you are putting in and on your body. It is a good practice to follow whether we are talking about gluten or not, and if you want an extra layer of protection, use Gluten Shield. It was designed to help offset the damage from hidden gluten exposure …

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Always looking out for you,

Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior


9 Responses

    1. It’s full of information on gluten and what to avoid but not so much what you can do when you have more than one autoimmune condition Gerd and coeliac IBS insomnia anxiety and depression. Scottish and starving . Middle aged and usually set in my ways until I got the diagnosis of these all within 6mnth. last year

      1. I’m struggling with my disease and I have been clueing myself up and I know a lot about what is gluten but nothing about what isn’t. Your book was no help because I have Gerd. I’m struggling to find things to eat and drink and wash. I’m overwhelmed with information about gluten and know nothing about what I can eat that isn’t tasteless and boiled chicken.

  1. Communion and Passover, too. Make sure you have a GF version of bread or matzo for the ceremonies involving breaking of bread.

  2. Hi! Do you know certain brands of gluten free packaged foods that are truly gluten free? Processed in a facility that doesn’t process wheat or other gluten containing foods?

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