Elisa EZ Gluten Test Strips

February 11th, 2010 by Jean Duane

Is there gluten in that food? Now, we can find out once and for all. Elisa Technologies, Inc (www.elisa-tek.com) makes ?test strips? so we can test foods, that we suspect may have caused a reaction. The EZ Gluten Test strips can detect gluten in foods up to 10 parts per million. According to the brochure in the test strips ?persons with gluten sensitivity have a heightened immunological response to ingested gliadin and glutenin.? In America, gluten-free is defined as 20 parts per million. (In other countries, ZERO parts per million are tolerated in processed foods.) So packaged foods labeled ?gluten-free? may contain gluten, and may be causing you to have reactions.
The tests are easy to use. According to the directions, a food sample is ground to a fine consistency, and the ?gluten extraction solution? is added, and then mixed. Mix for 2 minutes. Set the vial down and let it settle for 5 minutes and then transfer drops (using the transfer pipette) to put 10 drops in the test tube and insert the EZ Gluten test strip with the arrows pointing down. Leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes and compare it to the pictures.

Elisa Technologies EZ Gluten Test Strip

Elisa Technologies EZ Gluten Test Strip

It is as easy as checking the pH in the hot tub.
Considering the inconvenience, the intense itching, lack of sleep (due to itching), calls on the doctor, trips to the pharmacy and the frustration of having a reaction, I can easily justify the price of these strips. Now I can test foods that I eat regularly to be sure I?m not inadvertently eating gluten.
I stumbled upon a website that shares results of the EZ Gluten tests. It is a site for people who feel they react to foods that are labeled gluten-free, but that still contain some gluten. The site is called www.glutenzap.com. I plan to share my results on that site and I would encourage you to do so as well. Together, we can share the costs of the tests, and share the results with each other. We?re in this together!
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