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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

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In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


Is Fireball Gluten Free? Yes! I tested it.

February 6th, 2014

Since my Nationals tennis victory, Fireball has been stalking me at parties. Each time I encounter it, I grab my iPhone and search for “is Fireball gluten free” and find a heated debate. So, I decided to test it using my Elisa test kit, which is accurate down to 10ppm.

Yes, I realize this has nothing to do with web design, but I only have one blog 🙂

Here’s the test happening:

photo 1

And here are results:

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The second strip is the test strip, in between the Negative and Positive guidelines. So yes, according to this test, it is officially gluten-free, which for most countries is 20ppm, but this test is accurate to 10ppm. Granted this was a test of one sample, and may not be representative of all samples.

So this post is for all of you who have googled “is Fireball gluten free” and found many folks saying yes, or no, but no one has actually tested it.


J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

5 Responses to “Is Fireball Gluten Free? Yes! I tested it.”

  1. Amanda Says:

    Technically, it is not gluten free if it contains ANY trace of gluten, period. For people like me who react to ANY trace of gluten, this would be misleading, as many products are that are also labeled as GF. I do appreciate the fact that you did this test, though. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just very frustrating to see GF on things that truly are not gluten free. If you add water to gas, about 2 cups worth, do you think your car will run smoothly? No. Why? Because it is contaminated fuel. See my point? Thanks for the information and help though.

  2. zz Says:

    2 cups in 10 gallons is ALOT different than 20ppm. That’s 20 gluten molecules per 1 million total molecules. aka nothing.

  3. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Actually, “technically”, gluten free is defined at 20 PPM or less. There is no such thing as zero in chemistry, there’s just acceptable limits. So “gluten free” is indeed not zero, but 20ppm or less. Same in the US as in Canada as in Europe. It’s the current accepted standard. And adding 2 cups of water to your gas tank is not the right analogy. A 20 gallon gas tank is about 2560 oz, and so 2 cups is 16 oz, so that would be 16oz/2560oz = 1%, which is way way way way over 20ppm, which is 20 parts per million.

  4. Alana Says:

    I think it’s cool you did the test and I appreciate it. It’s “gluten free” based on the FDA standards. Those with true Celiac will know whether or not they should partake in the beverage. If your so sensitive that even 20ppm will corrupt your system you are pretty much on a regimented diet and should know your limitations. Ie: my limitations; cross contamination (cooking in the same pots and pans etc) doesn’t bother me but gluten in shampoo does as well as hair dye. The sad thing about this illness is that no one knows the exacts… Yet. We are still trying to figure it all out. It takes people like you who are willing to go the extra mile, test it, and post results. It’s one thing to just blog about it every day and “guess” if it’s gluten free. It’s another thing to actually be scientific about it and test it with real results. A++ I appreciate it and I’m officially pulling my bottle out of the pantry and partaking in a shot! =) cheers to you random person on the Internet!!!!

  5. Jill Olkoski Says:

    🙂 Thanks Alana – it’s this kind of comment that makes me happy. Cheers!

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