Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tests Confirm Hemp Seeds To Be “Gluten-Free”…

Tests Confirm Hemp Seeds To Be “Gluten-Free”…

by Teri Wallace
As part of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance’s Hemp Foods Characterization Project we are hempy to share the test results, we often get this question is hemp gluten-free?
Gluten is a plant protein found in cereals, particularly in wheat. Wheat flour typically contains some 100,000 mg/kg, or parts per million (ppm) of gluten. Gluten is an allergen and affects people suffering from Celiac Sprue Disease. As for other oil seeds, the protein of hemp seeds does not contain this cereal protein – it is “gluten free”. However, some consumers of hemp food have recently asked for confirmation because a note (see below) on the web site of the Celiac Sprue Association suggested that traces of gluten had been found in hemp flour.
hemp (Industrial) No research on the dietary use of hemp for a celiac diet is on file in the CSA office. Should be gluten-free but sample of hemp flour tested ELISA 15 ppm gliadin [corresponds to 30 ppm of gluten] in 2001.
To confirm the absence of gluten in hemp seed products, two samples of hemp nut and one hemp protein, all produced in Canada, were tested for gluten as part of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance‘s hemp foods characterization project. In all 3 samples, testing by ELISA assay did not find gluten at the limit of detection of 10 milligram per kilogram (parts per million) (AOAC Method 991.19).
The World Health Organization defines food stuffs that do not contain specific cereals (wheat and all Triticum species) as “Gluten-Free” if they contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. These test results confirm that hemp seeds, nuts and protein powder are in fact “gluten free”.
The mentioned report on the Celiac Sprue Associations’ web site of gluten traces found in hemp flour can be attributed to contamination of hemp products during processing on equipment that had previously handled cereals.
Download Official Test Results (PDF file 80K)
Reference: http://www.hempreport.com/archive/2006_10_01_archive.html

6 comments:

  1. But its not gluten free if you are extremely hypersensitive.

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  2. I must be extremely hypersensitive. I have added hemp seeds and hemp milk to my gluten free diet about 3 months ago. I started experiencing diarhea and back aches again and I couldn't figure out why it was happening. I have had diarhea for about a month now and was starting to feeling very horrible. I finally figured out that the only new thing I had added to my diet was the hemp products. Yesterday I stopped using hemp milk for my coffee and cereal, and today is my first day of solid stools in a month. I also had no back pain in bed last night. I am going to stay off the hemp and see if this continues. Everything I have been reading says hemp is gluten free. Carey G

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  3. I am going to stop drinking hemp milk as well. I had introduced this milk to my diet 3-4 months ago. My hand joints started to be swollen and aching again and a redness returned to my face. I am suspecting that it is because of hemp milk in my diet.

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  4. they will have to start handling them better and test better.

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  5. what other gluten mimicking proteins might be in hemp seeds?

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  6. These comments surprise me if you are hypersensitive to gluten. You know from just having celiac you need to take control of what you touch, smell, taste etc, correct? Don't point the finger at advertising, as well all know there are cross contamination in most things. Waiting a month or two is your own fault. Take control of your life. You have the power and knowledge to do so. Take care!

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