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Ox on the Roof added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsArgo/kingsford Corn StarchHi, all! I have been doing very well lately and got unexpectedly zapped. I knew it was actual GLUTEN because I had neuro symptoms, not just GI (ex. I had periphrial neuropathy in one foot for half a day and I was very dizzy - sure signs of gluten for me). The ONLY thing I had eaten differently was some gravy I had made with corn starch, and there was no possibility of cc because it was made in my kitchen with my dishes. Because Argo Corn Starch specifically states "cornstarch is a gluten-free product" on their label, I had a hard time figuring out what had made me sick. But I decided to email the company anyhow. Here is their response:
October 1, 2012
Thanks for contacting ACH Food, Inc.
Argo Corn Starch is produced in a facility where dairy, eggs, soy, wheat and coconut are also present. (Wheat is the only gluten product in our facility.) Generally, the corn starch is run on its own equipment; if there is an occasion where a product containing wheat would be run on the same equipment, we perform a thorough clean-out procedure between operations to prevent cross-contamination. While our facility is not certified gluten-free, we do everything possible to ensure there is no cross-contamination in our gluten-free products.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have other questions.
We appreciate your interest and hope you will continue to enjoy our products.
ACH Food, Inc.
I don't want to cause paranoia, and some people may not be sensitive enough for this to matter. But I thought I'd share since the reply was surprising.
(On a semi-related side note, how difficult do you think it would be to remove wheat from a line that runs very powdery products like cornstarch?)
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Ox on the Roof added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping WithIs There A Lab That Tests Food?I searched the forum but did not see any previous posts with this particular question.
My short question:
Is there a lab that will test FOOD for gluten?
My long question:
I am a self-diagnosed Celiac via diet (bloodwork was negative and I did not have a scope run before going gluten-free - LONG story, involving some BAD doctors!). My illness began way back in May of 2009. In ignorance I went "sorta" gluten-free just over a year ago, and then got extremely strict with other foods and stopped eating out completely about two months ago. I've been feeling MUCH better, too. The only grain I've eaten is rice. No dairy, soy, nuts, not even ready-made cereals like Chex. It's mostly just been meat, veggies, fruit, potatoes, and eggs. Whole foods.
Earlier this week, my husband bought me some Food for Life gluten-free English Muffins. I ate one Monday night and was horribly sick on Tuesday and Wednesday. Just today I am starting to feel better. I Googled and searched this forum for info about Food for Life and was not thrilled with what I found.
This may be a crazy idea, but I was thinking that if I could have one of the remaining muffins tested, and it contained gluten, I'd have a definite answer.
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Ox on the Roof added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping WithIf You Need A Laugh...My mom called and told me to look up John Pinette on YouTube. I am glad I did because today has been rough and I needed a good laugh! This is a short stand-up clip about Celiac (although the comedian was told he has a "wheat allergy") and it is completely clean (my children watched it with me). If I have posted in the wrong place, feel free to move it.
John Pinette: Still Hungry
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Ox on the Roof added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping Withgluten-free/lf Cookies...but They Made Me Sick?Hey, all!
I have been very strict with gluten-free and LF lately, and was craving some kind of dessert. So I double-checked the ingredients in Hodgson Mill gluten-free cookie mix and then made a batch. I am 99% sure that these cookies made me sick, as I was monitoring everything else I ate. And I ate one again this afternoon to confirm.
So here are the ingredients I used. Any ideas on what secondary intolerance I may be looking at?
Brown Rice Flour, Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Amaranth Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum, Flake Salt
I added Best Life Buttery Spread, which boldly claims to be gluten-free and LF:
WATER, NATURAL OIL BLEND (SOYBEAN AND PALM FRUIT OILS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% SALT, PROTEIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, MONOGLYCERIDES OF VEGETABLE FATTY ACIDS, SORBITAN ESTER OF VEGETABLE FATTY ACIDS, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, DL-a-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), BETA CAROTENE COLOR, VITAMIN D3, LACTIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA TO PROTECT FRESHNESS.
I also added Crisco shortening:
SOYBEAN OIL, FULLY HYDROGENATED PALM OIL, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM AND SOYBEAN OILS, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, TBHQ AND CITRIC ACID (ANTIOXIDANTS).
And some pure Nestle cocoa powder and granulated white sugar.
Thoughts? I am wondering about the soy, although I've never noticed having trouble with it before.
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Ox on the Roof added a topic in Celiac Disease - Related Disorders & ResearchLactose Tolerance TestI had a lactose tolerance test run today and it was a nightmare! I had to drink Lactulose. As I understand it, Lactulose is a synthetic sugar derived from lactose, used for constipation. When used as a laxative, you normally have a tablespoon, but I had to take 75 mL (a little over FIVE tablespoons). Needless to say, I was running to the bathroom constantly. And I had to be stuck every thirty minutes for four hours, plus the control stick and one blown vein (duh, after ten, who wouldn't blow a vein?), for a total of TEN sticks. Now, hours later, everything I am eating is still rushing through and my stomach sounds like I have some kind of underwater creature in there!
If you have had this done, is Lactulose what you had to drink? I am paranoid that the lab ordered LacTUlose instead of lactose and that the test won't be valid, after all this! But since it is derived from lactose, maybe it's the right thing.
Everything I've read online about this tests just says that you have to drink something "containing lactose," so I thought if someone on here has had this run they might know exactly what they drank.
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Ox on the Roof added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping WithDiagnosis...Well, guys, it looks like gluten wasn't the main problem. I had a 6-hour glucose tolerance test run, and the results showed that I have Reactive Hypoglycemia. Basically, my insulin doesn't know when to stop. I don't know if this is an isolated problem, or if this, combined with the vitamin deficiencies, are a result of some overarching problem. But at least I can figure out a way to stop shaking in the mornings. Going gluten-free helped somewhat because I reduced my carb intake.
My test results (if anyone cares):
Baseline, fasting: 74 (reference range 65-100)
After which I downed 100 g of glucose drink
One hour: 88 (60-110)
Two hours: 78 (120-200)...when the glucose should have hit, I was going DOWN
Three hours: 61 (60-140)
Four hours: 48 (60-110)...the doctor said most people pass out when they get this low
Five hours: 65 (60-110)
Six hours: 74 (60-110)
So that's that. I'm officially off the gluten-free diet, although I'll pretty much be gluten-free anyhow because I can't have a lot of carbs unless paired with lots of proteins. I have to meet with a dietician because I have NO idea what to eat anymore.
I also wanted to thank all of you who have helped me navigate the diet these past two months. You have all been encouraging.
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