I have had quite a few newer people from the TGF family – and some older ones – getting confused about what gluten free means recently, so I thought a quick reminder might help.
When you are looking at products like foods or toiletries, it is NOT enough for you to choose ones that say ‘gluten free’. You need to use your hidden grains lists if you are on the truly gluten free (in the ebook) and barrier plans (in the plan).
Traditional gluten free is gliadin free ONLY (wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats). If a product says ‘gluten free’, it just means it doesn’t have any of the 33-mer gliadin protein in it that is linked to coeliac disease to a specified amount at less than 20ppm. In other words, it can still contain starches and up to 20ppm gliadin in them. In some people, even this 20ppm is too high and they can react to other protein fractions as well as 33-mer gliadin.
The Trulyglutenfree approach is free from ALL grains to remove all glutens and not just gliadin. All grains contain some form of gluten and, since the majority of coeliacs do not heal their villi damage on a traditional gluten free diet, it’s vital in my view, to remove all glutens. Many people have the DQ1/3 genes rather than the coeliac DQ2/8 ones which suggest they are gluten sensitive in a different way. Many of those I have had contact with develop grain problems throughout life progressively. It is also free of dairy since this is the second most common allergen and it too can have an effect on repair and healing.
You can get full food lists and what to look for on labels in the TrulyGlutenFree ebook. This is most suitable for those who are gliadin free (traditional gluten free) but not feeling well or healing.
The Barrier Plan is free from anything that would stop your hyper-permeability and gluten damage healing. This is grain, dairy and legume free and free from any of the known foods that affect barrier integrity. This is totally unique and does not exist anywhere else. It is essentially based on the Primal, SCD and TGF diets with added research on specific barrier hyper-permeability issues. You can get full diet lists and details in the Barrier Plan. This is most suitable for those with multiple allergy whether or not you know it is related to gluten, those with inflammatory and auto-immune disorders (even though I have written it up so far for allergy, it’s the same plan required for all three).
So, hopefully that makes it clearer. It is important to read the info on this site and download the appropriate book or plan before you start purchasing stuff which is invariably unsuitable or you will waste your money.
Re toiletries, remember this articlewhere I mentioned Saaf skincare as the first TGF safe one I have identified? Some of the NAT origin ones are also ok. I am surrounded in my office by stuff to assess and am slowly getting there; it’s tough to find them. Here’s the reason why it’s important, too. If in doubt, check against your lists and ask me.
Hope that helps!