Here at Purium, we are sensitive to the needs of customers who are unable or choose not to use products containing gluten.
While most of our products are gluten-free, we do have a few products that contain gluten (such as Biome Medic).
To ensure the safety of our gluten-sensitive community, we follow a strict protocol to avoid cross contamination.
Read on to learn more!
Why Would Someone Not Want Gluten?
Anyone with gluten sensitivities or allergies cannot ingest gluten without suffering from uncomfortable (or even deadly) reactions. Conditions include Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and more acute sensitivities.
Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disorder that can cause someone to have an adverse reaction to gluten. This is because their immune system can “flare up” due to a protein found in glutenous products.
According to the Mayo Clinic, eating gluten can damage the intestinal health of those with Celiac disease. Furthermore, it can cause diarrhea, fatigue, nausea and stomach pains.
But if you do not have a gluten sensitivity, should you avoid gluten? That is a question that is ultimately up to you!
Even though the gluten-free movement has made mainstream waves, there are still a lot of misconceptions floating around in its wake. To help smooth the ripples, we did some research on the myths and facts.
MYTH: “Wheat-free” equals “gluten-free”
FACT: Products with “wheat-free” on the label should be free of wheat, but likely contain barley or rye — otherwise, the company would label them “gluten-free.” “Wheat-free” label notations are helpful for people who suffer from wheat allergy, but unfortunately can be confusing for people who follow a gluten-free diet. Just remember to look for the words “gluten-free,” not “wheat-free.” – Jane Anderson at Very Well
MYTH: Gluten makes you fat
FACT: The number one myth registered dietitian Kristen Kirkpatrick hears in her office is that cutting gluten will help people lose weight.
“Gluten does not make you fat,” said Kirkpatrick, who manages wellness and nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic. “Calories make you fat regardless of where those calories are coming from, whether they’re coming from brown rice, which is gluten-free or a wheat bagel.”
In fact, sometimes gluten-free bread can have 30 more calories than regular bread, Kirkpatrick said. And if you eat more calories in a day than you use, the extra calories will be stored as fat, she said.
“Some gluten-free foods contain extra sugar or calories to make them more palatable – to make up for the loss of the gluten,” said Dr. Kelly Thomsen, a gastroenterologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
That said, since people who go gluten-free need to do some extra label-reading, it can help them make better choices overall and ultimately lose weight, Kirkpatrick said. But it’s a secondary factor. – Sydney Lupkin at ABC News
MYTH: It’s impossible to dine out when following a gluten-free diet
FACT: Although dining out while following a gluten-free diet can be tough, it is possible.
“The questions to ask at a restaurant depend on what’s being ordered,” Begun says. “The important thing to remember is to ask about each and every ingredient in the dish, as the menu usually only lists some ingredients.”
It’s also important to ask how the dish is being prepared: Was the same oil, for example, used to fry the French fries and the mozzarella sticks or onion rings? If that, that could lead to a classic case of cross-contact. And don’t forget to ask about the surfaces, equipment and utensils the dish came in contact with – for example, was the same surface used for the gluten-free wraps used to make the whole-wheat sandwich? Looking ahead at the menu also helps alleviate some of the stress when dining out. It takes time and some practice to know which questions are the right ones to ask. – Tory Amidor at U.S. News
Testing for Our Gluten Free Products
In order for a product to be considered gluten free, its raw material must meet strict guidelines.
While our facility does handle gluten, we have a strong allergen program to prevent cross-contamination, which includes a rigorous cleaning program. When manufacturing a gluten-free product, equipment is swabbed and tested for allergen residue.
The raw materials in a gluten-free product are tested for gluten and must be less than 20 parts per million (ppm). Our quality assurance team tests gluten internally and we have dedicated many resources to ensure our gluten intolerant community can feel safe using a designated Purium gluten free product.
Shopping Gluten Free with Purium
We make it easy for our gluten-conscious community to purchase gluten-free products on our website. You can identify a gluten free product on our products with a “badge” denoting a piece of wheat crossed out. Check out the image below for an example.
Plus you can use our easy Quick Shop tool on iShopPurium.com.
To find our Gluten-Free product on iShopPurium, you can use the “Quick Shop” option: https://ishoppurium.com/collections/quick-shop
Click Filter by Diet and then check the Gluten Free box. Here is example of how to use our tool below:
Biome Medic & Gluten: What to Know
Biome Medic is one of our most popular products and for good reason! Our Biome Medic has transformed the lives of so many.
An exclusive and proprietary formula filled with all-natural ingredients was awarded a Gold Seal by the Detox Project as a glyphosate detox solution.
We have combined three unique ingredients to support the rebuilding of a compromised micro biome.
- A PATENTED SUPER PREBIOTIC
From a fraction of wheat germ which is proven to specifically support the rebuilding of the aerobic bacteria colonies that trigger our immunity.
- HUMIC ORE AND FULVIC ACID
To help feed vital minerals directly to the gut and chelate away toxins that together allow the villi to regenerate strength and grow back
- LACTO SPORE L sporogenes
This is THE specific bacteria that the microbiome uses to Eliminate TOXINS and stop the poisoning of your body.
One of the main ingredients, digestive wheat germ, contains a minute amount of gluten; therefore, the product is not considered gluten free. You might wonder why we would still include the ingredient if it is not gluten free. The reason is because it is so powerful!
The digestive wheat germ is sourced from organic food grade ingredients and can be beneficial for the overall gut microbiome.
In a study conducted regarding gluten in Biome Medic, the conclusion was “one would have to ingest almost 10 pills per day to be exposed to the same amount of gluten contained in a single serving of gluten free pasta, and over 500 pills to reach the threshold established in the American Society for Clinical Nutrition study from 2007.”
So, should you use Biome Medic if you have a gluten sensitivity? That is a question to discuss with your medical professional. If you would like to avoid Biome Medic due to gluten, we recommend combining:
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