FAQ: Test Preparation

Q: Can I use seasonings during the restricted diet?

A: Salt and pepper may be used in moderation.

Q: Can I use cooking oil (olive oil, Pam etc) during the restricted diet?

A: Yes, very small amounts of cooking oil are acceptable. The type of oil used isn’t as important as the amount of oil used.

Q: Can I chew gum during the preparation period?

A: No, gum is not allowed during any part of the preparation period.

Q: Can I smoke during the preparation period?

A: No, smoking should be stopped a few hours before the test.

Q: I forgot to follow the diet properly, will this affect my test?

A: Yes, improper diet will show up in the baseline sample of your test. Too high of a value usually means a retake is required.

Q: I did not fast for the full 12 hours, will this affect my test?

A: Yes it can. It could show a high baseline or inconsistent values throughout the test.

Q: I forgot to take the baseline sample, can I continue with the test?

A: It depends. If you remembered to take the baseline within 15 minutes of the substrate, continue as usual. Record the time when the substrate was ingested and continue with the recommended timing of the test. If it was longer than 30 minutes, the test must be redone.

Q: What happens if I vomited during the test?

  • A1: If it was early on in the test (2 or 3 tubes into the test), the test must be redone.
  • A2: If it was after tube #3, you will be fine; include a note explaining it in the test kit.

Q: What if I have to run to the bathroom during the test?

A: Mark down the time and leave a note in the test kit. This will affect your overall results.

Q: I sipped the substrate throughout the test. Will the test still be accurate?

A: No, the test must be redone.

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