Mushrooms NOT ALWAYS Gluten Free

17 Jan

So, I came across this from About.com:

Question: Are mushrooms gluten-free?
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Papa Smurf?

Answer: Plain mushrooms ought to be gluten-free — after all, they’re a fresh vegetable, right? But unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story for mushrooms if you’re particularly sensitive to trace gluten.

You see, mushroom spores are grown on gluten grains — most commonly on rye, but also on wheat and occasionally on a combination of the two grains. And this cultivation method leads to some gluten cross-contamination on the finished fungi…

The author goes on and informs us that washing and treating the mushrooms would likely reduce the 20 PPM (Parts Per Million) threshold required by US Labeling Laws to be “gluten free.”

As a patient and sure as hell as a doctor, I don’t like the statement: “washing my veggies will LIKELY result in reducing the ppm below 20.” I deserve to know if it does or does not.  The nutritional facts of what goes into my body need to be Black or White. I don’t care if I’m buying that from my local farmer’s market or from a national chain. I demand this as a consumer, a patient, and a doctor.

It’s imperative that federal food labeling laws regarding Gluten Free Foods become uniform and strongly supported by the varied patient symptoms, science, and medicine. And not be muddied by being in the Gray Zone.

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2 Responses to “Mushrooms NOT ALWAYS Gluten Free”

  1. walktx January 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Thanks for the heads up. I never gave mushrooms a second thought.

  2. wildninja January 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Hmm. I’ll be spending more time washing mushrooms now… I agree about food labeling laws. There is still much work to be done on that front, especially regarding gluten.

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