“GLUTEN-REMOVED” BEER MAY BE UNSAFE FOR PEOPLE WITH CELIAC DISEASE
A new research study conducted by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, indicates that beers labeled “gluten-removed” may not be safe for those with celiac disease. A first of its kind, the pilot study, “The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional and Gluten-Removed Beer,” was published online by the Journal of AOAC International, and was conducted by GIG at the University of Chicago’s Celiac Research Center. It used blood samples from individuals with celiac disease to see whether the proteins in gluten-free beer and gluten-removed beer were recognized by antibodies that were already present in the blood. It was found that no blood samples reacted to the gluten-free beer. However, a percentage of blood samples did react to the gluten-removed beer.
All I can say is… finally. This first of it’s kind study finally gives us some objective scientific based information on this subject. My hope was that this type of study could validate the safety of gluten-removed beers, unfortunately it seems the opposite is true.
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