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Hi Dilettantsteph -- thanks for your reply.  I should clarify that I'm not posting here on this for me.  I'm posting this because a lot of folks online are suggesting just washing the beans to magically remove the gluten, while Jane Anderson is saying that trace amounts may remain.  I just want to point that out in case there are other sensitive folks like me out there wondering why they are sick.  I have a separate post (the one I linked to) on my own problems.  No one responded there and I suspect the sensitive folks don't check that forum too often.  But it's OK.  (You know, I actually did email Ms. Anderson on this a few weeks ago, but so far no reply.  Oh well. It's OK.)


Anyway, I think Jane Anderson meant that testing would still find the gluten:


However, informal experiments using home gluten testing kits show it's not that easy to get rid of the contamination — some seems to remain behind, despite your best scrubbing efforts.

The problem is, gluten is a very sticky molecule, and it's just not very responsive to washing. Friends who also happen to be scientists have experimented with this, and have found you can lessen — although not eliminate — the gluten cross-contamination in beans by washing them repeatedly in water with dish soap, and then rinsing.


Sounds like her scientist friends are actually doing the ELISA test here to confirm results. I ordered some of those tests and some certified gluten-free Eden Food canned beans, and I suggest anyone eating beans from any source other than one where they know how it was harvested (their own garden or a small farmers' they have spoken to) do the same, and not rely on just washing.

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edison grainery uses a dedicated facility, and test their legumes to <5 ppm. their other products are also tested.

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I know this is an extremely old topic, but I can attest that rinsing your beans many times isn't good enough, and no I can digest all kinds of beans fine even a huge quantity. I recently got cross-contaminated via dried black beans I ate. I search high and low for an alternative; since, i discovered that beans and greens peas are frequently cross-contaminated, and I found nothing except Edison Grainery which tests their products to 5 ppm. I am extremely sensitive though, so maybe some people can get away with rinsing their stuff. I know 20 ppm definitely wouldn't cut it. 

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