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Glutened From Alcohol In Chocolate
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Hi, 

 

I had a bad accidental glutening incident recently. I purchased a box of chocolate in Poland which looked safe to eat.  Stupidly, I assumed if there were gluten ingredients, that would be called out in the allergen warning. That turned out not to be the case, and I had a reaction.  My typical symptoms are usually a kidney or bladder infection, depression, anxiety, memory problems, issues with focusing and concentration. All of which I have been experiencing since I ate the chocolate. I'm not sure which ingredient is the culprit, but I'm guessing that a cheap, not fully distilled alcohol was used. Normally, I have no problems with distilled grain alcohols. Just wanted to pass my experience along and hopefully save someone else from the same mistake. I've listed the ingredients below.

 

-Marie

 

Ingredients listed as follows: sugar, corn syrup, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, alcohol, stabilizer (invertase), emulsifiers (soy lecithin, polyglycerol, polyricinoleate, and sorbitan tristearate), artificial flavors. 

 

Allergen warning states that it contains soy, and may contain traces of egg or milk. 

 

 

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Could be the corn syrup.

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That's some crappy chocolate!  Another reason to always stick with the good stuff. :)

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Well, as Tiffany said, those ingredients are not a high quality chocolate: FIRST ingredient sugar?

 

But there is nothing there that would cause me a gluten worry. Alcohol is alcohol. If it were not fully distilled it could not be labeled as simply alcohol. The soy might be the problem. HFCS is usually labeled as that, not simply as "corn syrup," and I don't know what the label rules are there. But you could have a corn issue in any case.

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