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I have allergies to corn and soy along with everything else. Does anyone know if a person can usually tolerate ingredients like xanthan gum, soy lecithin and citric acid since they are so refined and processed? Every time I attempt to buy something prepackaged, invariably it will have at least one of those items on the list and I have been putting it back on the shelf.

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I'm not sure about xanthan gum....is that corn derived?

Citric Acid is corn derived and a source of hidden msg.

Whether they are safe depends on your intolerances. I'm intolerant to soy and avoid all forms of it.

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Thanks! Yes, xanthan gum has something to do with corn. It's grown on it, I think. My doctor wanted me to take phosphatidyl choline from soy lecithin and soy lecithin seems to be in nearly every food I look at, as well.

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I have allergies to corn and soy along with everything else. Does anyone know if a person can usually tolerate ingredients like xanthan gum, soy lecithin and citric acid since they are so refined and processed? Every time I attempt to buy something prepackaged, invariably it will have at least one of those items on the list and I have been putting it back on the shelf.

I have allergies to corn and friends who have allergies to soy. None of these are safe.

Xanthan Gum - is grown on corn/corn sugars. It is supposed to be processed so much that no corn is left, yet many people react to it.

Citric acid: This is made from corn. Despite its processing corn protiens are still present. It is a huge problem.

Soy Lecithin - Every soy allergic person I have talked to reacts to this. So I'd advise you against it.

Another problematic ingredient for severe and sensitive corn allergic: Ethyl Alcohols (used in vanilla, vanillin, and natural and artificial flavorings).

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Where can I buy a safe natural vanilla extract? Frontier Natural Products sells one called bourbon vanilla. Would that qualify as safe?

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Where can I buy a safe natural vanilla extract? Frontier Natural Products sells one called bourbon vanilla. Would that qualify as safe?

I don't believe the Bourbon one is safe.. Frontier makes an alcohol-free vanilla which I believe is still safe. Its pretty expensive so I've just gotten to make my own.

2 cups Vodka (potato vodka - Luksusowa) and 2 vanilla beans - let sit 4-6 weeks before use.

Btw the homemade vanilla makes a pretty good vodka on ice drink.

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Wild Oats sell the regular alcohol free vanilla for $9.99 last I knew. I stocked up on it when it dropped to that price. Was $14.99 before that. It has been $9.99 for 6 monthe to a year.

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Thanks for all the great info everyone! I think I'll steer clear from all of them, just in case.

By the way, do you split those vanilla beans to make it more potent? I don't usually buy much liquor. If I can't find that brand, does it state "from potatoes" on bottles, or do you just have to know that? I appreciate the recipe. I made vanilla 25 years ago, but used bourbon. Thanks for reminding me that I can make my own. :)

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Thanks for all the great info everyone! I think I'll steer clear from all of them, just in case.

By the way, do you split those vanilla beans to make it more potent? I don't usually buy much liquor. If I can't find that brand, does it state "from potatoes" on bottles, or do you just have to know that? I appreciate the recipe. I made vanilla 25 years ago, but used bourbon. Thanks for reminding me that I can make my own. :)

You can split the bean. I just cut the beans in half. If I want somethign a bit more "vanilla" such as something I want to really taste like vanilla (as opposed to the vanilla in a chocolate cake per se) then I'll squeeze a bit of the goop (seeds) from inside the bean into what I'm making or cut the bean in half and scrape some out. I don't remove my beans after the 4-6 week brewing period. I just keep them in there to use again and again or to have handy to scrape out the middle should I want it.

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Thanks for all the great info everyone! I think I'll steer clear from all of them, just in case.

By the way, do you split those vanilla beans to make it more potent? I don't usually buy much liquor. If I can't find that brand, does it state "from potatoes" on bottles, or do you just have to know that? I appreciate the recipe. I made vanilla 25 years ago, but used bourbon. Thanks for reminding me that I can make my own. :)

Oops I totally forgot about the alcohol. Most vodka's will say which they come from. Luksusowa is the only potato vodka brand that I know the name of. If you can't find where it says, don't buy it. A lot of vodkas are made from wheat, rye, etc which I don't know about gluten-status on those.

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Thanks!

I just looked on the Enjoy Life site. As a company they are VERY conscious of nearly every allergen imaginable. They list their products as corn free. And yet, xanthan gum is in nearly all of them. They claim that there just isn't any way for corn elements to be there after processing. Do MOST of you with corn allergies have a problem with it, or just a very few? I don't get immediate symptoms, so I have no way of knowing without a long tedious experiment with myself.

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Thanks!

I just looked on the Enjoy Life site. As a company they are VERY conscious of nearly every allergen imaginable. They list their products as corn free. And yet, xanthan gum is in nearly all of them. They claim that there just isn't any way for corn elements to be there after processing. Do MOST of you with corn allergies have a problem with it, or just a very few? I don't get immediate symptoms, so I have no way of knowing without a long tedious experiment with myself.

It depends on your sensitivity. If you are having problems and want to heal fully, then don't chance the Xathan. You can always add it back later and test it.

Most of the people that I talk to find they do better without the Xanthan gum. You will hear from companies all the time that "blank" is so processed it no longer is an allergy problem. But when people can taste test and pick out which have processed corn derivatives and which dont.. well we start to doubt the 'processing'.

I won't lie to you, there are some who have no problems with Xanthan. Just as there are some who say they have no problems with citric acid. But for me, I have a hard time believing that. As citric acid will immediately render me useless. But Xanthan gum is a bit quieter. It causes a queazy feeling at first like something isn't setting well, then within 24 hours my skin will develp cystic acne.

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But Xanthan gum is a bit quieter. It causes a queazy feeling at first like something isn't setting well, then within 24 hours my skin will develp cystic acne.

Oh my goodness--this could be it! I've been eating something with xanthan gum in it lately. The last time was Monday night--I had indigestion all night and didn't sleep well or much at all, really. My face is also breaking out a little bit--around my nose. Thanks :)

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