Giveaway: GlutenTox Test Kit!


Unpacking the 2 test kit, which contains everything you need.

Unpacking the 2 test kit, which contains everything you need.


If you’ve been reading a while you know by now how important it is to stay away from gluten, especially if you have celiac disease! There is a lot more to it than just making sure your food doesn’t have gluten containing ingredients – you also need to be sure that it hasn’t been contaminated. Fortunately, home test kits for gluten are available and today is your chance to win!


The GlutenTox Kit

The GlutenTox kit & the mushroom I tested

I like GlutenTox because it allows you to choose how sensitive of a test you want to run. Some people find that they are sensitive to gluten at levels far below the widely accepted 20 ppm. Others don’t feel many symptoms but know damage is being done and don’t want to take their chances. Testing can also be valuable if you are trying to figure out other food sensitivities.


I recommend getting a kid to do the shaking for you.

I recommend getting a kid to do the shaking for you.

Whether you are testing a product labeled “gluten-free” or a raw ingredient that could have been contaminated in a bulk bin, packaging facility, or by roommates, GlutenTox can give you peace of mind. I’ve heard of people using the test kits in restaurants, but honestly, it seems kind of impractical to me. It might make sense to do it the first time you visit a particular restaurant you plan on visiting regularly.


Taking a sample with the pipet provided.

Taking a sample with the pipet provided.

GlutenTox sent me a two-pack to try it out for myself. (I was not obligated to give a positive review or do a giveaway). I decided to test a mushroom I bought at the store and an egg from our hens. I’ve been curious about these foods because I’d heard rumors that mushrooms are often grown on straw and contaminated. I also wondered about our eggs, since we do have straw in the coop and the feed that we use contains gluten. Both eggs and mushrooms sometimes upset my digestion, so I thought I’d see if gluten was involved.


Test in progress

Test in progress

In retrospect I wish I had done one of the tests on something I *knew* had gluten – just so I could be sure the tests would give a positive result. As it turned out, both my mushroom and my egg were free of gluten cross-contamination according to the tests I ran. Both my tests came back negative at the 5 ppm level. Since Kid2 hasn’t felt sick from eating those foods (though he’s not a big fan of mushrooms), I feel pretty confident the tests were accurate.


Instructions and the home test stick with a negative result.

Instructions and the home test stick with a negative result.

The kits reminded me a lot of a pregnancy test. Basically, you grind up your sample, mix it in the solution, then apply a little drop of the solution to the test stick and wait five minutes for your answer. One line means the test is working, two lines means the test is working and you have a positive result.

This post is part of Allergy Free Wednesdays, Freaky Friday, Monday Mania, Traditional Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday.

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