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I have been warned that many rootbeers contain wheatgluten gliadens ?

How may this be so? The ingredients listed for rootbeers appear to be all the same.

Never have I seen a listing of wheatflour as an additive or ingredient of rootbeer softdrinks.

By what ingredient may some rootbeers, if any, be harmful to someone with gliaden intolerance?

Which brands of rootbeer do you know to contain wheat product or byproducts?

How do you know this to be true?

Has a rootbeer manufacturer or bottler or formulator disclosed the offending ingredient ?

Has a wheat gluten intolerant person suffered by ingesting a rootbeer?

What ingredients are the contaminants or are antagonistic to a gluten-free diet?

Thank you,

Jim Culp

GatorCity Florida


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Hi Jim,

I can't answer all of your questions but I can help you with a few. First off, the offending ingredients can be found in several forms, artifical flavors, natural flavors, caramel color, barley malt or extract, and also in modified food starch, one or all of these can be found in some rootbeers. I have found more diet rootbeers that are safe than regulars, but I know that there are a few regulars that are ok too.

My son did suffer a mild reaction after ingesting some regular rootbeer (I think it was IBC) but he seems to have no problems with the diet version.


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We drink Blue Sky Rootbeer with no problems. :)

(Where is that list of other gluten-free rootbeers? <_< )

This page, especially the footnotes at the bottom, may help answer a part of your questions. It really helped me see how some of the ingredients are made, and why they may not be gluten-free.



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