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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Help With Canned Beans!
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Hi, all!

I find myself repeatedly reacting to meals that contain canned beans. After I determined recently that I was also reacting to the brand of chicken broth (Imagine Foods--labeled gluten-free and No MSG/No HVP, but I still react to it every time) that I often use in the same recipes, I expected no further problems with bean dishes, but that has not been the case.

Does anyone have a brand of canned beans that you use with no problems? I have tried Hanover, Bush's, Westbrae Organic, and Eden (although I can't prove that I had a problem with Eden beans, so I should probably try them again). I haven't tried Cento or Whole Foods 365 beans yet.

Thanks for any suggestions!

--Sarah

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Those brands should be fine - but you may be having a reaction to the beans themselves. Have you dried soaking dried (and rinsed) beans to investigate that option?

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I have, but it's been a while. I think I still have some on hand, so I'll give it another go if I can get myself motivated. I'm in the grip of a mood swing at the moment (probably gluten-induced, although it's not entirely clear; but since I've been on mood-stabilizing medication practically all of my mood swings have been traceable either to gluten or to other very noticeable conditions causing significant intestinal impairment, like a gallbladder attack and subsequent flush or bacterial food poisoning).

I would like to find a brand of canned beans I can trust to be gluten-free, just for the convenience factor. I know the Westbrae beans have a slim but real chance of contamination just because I see that they also produce a canned "soup mix" that contains barley--and I can't see why they would use separate equipment for it. I don't necessarily react to beans every time I eat them, and there may be an undiscovered culprit in those meals I consistently react to. It's just so hard to tell sometimes!

Thanks for your quick reply. I appreciate it!

--Sarah

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Bush's beans are all safe EXCEPT thier chili magic line. Their plain beans are fine though. Hope that helps.

-Jessica :rolleyes:

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Bush's beans are all safe EXCEPT thier chili magic line.-

I just read this and out of curiosity decided to check the can in the trash. We had Bush Chilli beans over a baked potato for supper, with grated cheese, picante sauce, onion, YUM!! Loose stool this morning, and guess what. ING: Water, Prepared beans, Wheat Flour! 3rd Ing. I read somewhere that Bushes was gluten-free and didn't check the label. Keep reading those labels. Granny

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I use to be a dedicated VanCamps user, but have since switched to Bush's after learning VanCamps is NOT gluten-free. I do not have any reactions with Bush's. Plus they are really good ~ I like the variety with onion. Good luck!!

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Yep all of their chili beans have flour in them. They are part of the chili magic line.

-Jessica

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yep Jessica and Kimberly-

I love Bush's beans...of course, I stay clear of the chili beans though! ;)

Sarah,

As long as you are not allergic to the beans themselves, there are many brands of gluten-free beans that should be fine.

A tip I found helpful: Look for a brand that reads, "beans and water" or "beans, water, and salt" as the ingredients. Many canned veggies have multiple (harsh) preservatives. The number of preservatives in the cans don't bother some people, but you may be having problems digesting them.

Good luck to you...if you still have problems after avoiding gluten and preservatives (and if you're not allergic to beans), then as Tiffany suggested, fresh beans may be the way to go! (even though it is less convenient) <_<

Good luck! -Julie B)

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Does anyone have suggestions as to where to find fresh beans or gluten-free dry beans??

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Just checked this online on Bush's Beans website before checking the forum... getting ready to pop open a can, so I wanted to be safe!

As of 10/12/2008

http://www.bushbeans.com/products/productqa.php#glutenfree

Q: Are any of [bush's Best] products gluten-free? Which ones?

A: All of our Bush's Best products are gluten-free with the exception of Bush's Best Chili Beans, the four varieties of Bush's Homestyle Chili and Bush's Chili Magic

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I know this is an old post but I wanted to mention to the OP that I couldn't eat beans in any way, shape or form when I first went gluten free three years ago. I cautiously tried them again after about a year and found I could eat certain ones like Great Northern or pintoes but kidney beans would really bother me.

However, after three years, I can eat beans without any problems. I still don't eat kidney beans very often, just in case.

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Hi, all!

I find myself repeatedly reacting to meals that contain canned beans. After I determined recently that I was also reacting to the brand of chicken broth (Imagine Foods--labeled gluten-free and No MSG/No HVP, but I still react to it every time) that I often use in the same recipes, I expected no further problems with bean dishes, but that has not been the case.

Does anyone have a brand of canned beans that you use with no problems? I have tried Hanover, Bush's, Westbrae Organic, and Eden (although I can't prove that I had a problem with Eden beans, so I should probably try them again). I haven't tried Cento or Whole Foods 365 beans yet.

Thanks for any suggestions!

--Sarah

We use Eden Azuki beans and Best Choice for other types..and black beans I use a hispanic brand, I can cheack the brand but it may be a local brand.

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I eat the Westbrae organic pinto and red beans every day without any problems though I am not too sensitive. I used to eat the great northern beans but they would sometimes give me some bloating (probably not gluten related).

rob

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Hi, all!

I find myself repeatedly reacting to meals that contain canned beans. After I determined recently that I was also reacting to the brand of chicken broth (Imagine Foods--labeled gluten-free and No MSG/No HVP, but I still react to it every time) that I often use in the same recipes, I expected no further problems with bean dishes, but that has not been the case.

Does anyone have a brand of canned beans that you use with no problems? I have tried Hanover, Bush's, Westbrae Organic, and Eden (although I can't prove that I had a problem with Eden beans, so I should probably try them again). I haven't tried Cento or Whole Foods 365 beans yet.

Thanks for any suggestions!

--Sarah

Tonight I was going to make chili..I read the ingredients on the chili seasoning.contained wheat..I pulled out my chili beans..said it contained chili powder. I called the company and they said "Oh, Yes! If it doesnt contain wheat, barley or rye on the label it is gluton free!" I said "Yes, but it contains chili powder." "well, It must be gluton free." :huh: So in other words, I guess any chili beans have gluton? As far as regular beans, I have had no problem and I use Bushs all the time..just no chili beans..

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Chili powder is nothing more than ground peppers, which would be gluten-free.

Chili seasoning is a blend of chili powder with other ingredients, which could possibly include gluten. It could also be labeled "chili powder blend." In the US and Canada, wheat would have to be disclosed using the word "wheat."

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Slightly OT, but when I make beans from scratch I've discovered it's way easier to bake them in the oven. I cover them with several inches of water and put in a cast iron dutch oven, then bake at 325 for an hour and 45 or so. No need to presoak, comes out perfect every time. I always make extra and keep them in the freezer for recipes. So if you find out that you can tolerate them, super easy to make extra and keep around.

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Please see below email. Van Camp's Pork & Beans are fine to eat....

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Thank you for your email concerning our Van Camp's Pork and Beans.

We understand how important it is for people who have been medically diagnosed with gluten sensitivity to obtain accurate information about our food to help plan their meals and diets. And we continue to look for ways to meet the dietary needs of our consumers.

Since wheat is a major food allergen, if it is used in the product it would be listed in the contains statement following the ingredients list. The flour used in many of our products is wheat flour and you should avoid these products if you have gluten sensitivities. If any ingredient in the product includes rye or barley, it will be listed in parentheses immediately following the ingredient. Oats do not contain gluten, but they frequently have been exposed to wheat or barley and are not recommended for celiac patients. If Natural Flavors, Artificial Flavors, or Spices listed in the ingredients list contain wheat, rye or barley, these ingredients would be listed in parenthesis immediately following the ingredient. Some fermented or distilled products such as vinegar may be derived from wheat. Most of the vinegar in our products is distilled and through the distilling process protein gluten is removed.

Starting January of 2012, we began producing the following brands validated as gluten-free with gluten-free printed on their labels:

-Cocoa: Swiss Miss all varieties

-Egg Beaters: all varieties

-Tomatoes: Hunt's all varieties (excluding Pasta Sauces, Tomato Sauces and Ketchups)

-Orville Redenbacher's: all Ready to Eat varieties

-Pudding: Swiss Miss & Snack Pack, excludes those containing Tapioca

Below is a list of some of our other products that do not contain added gluten*

Category/Brand/Items

-PAM Cooking Spray: all varieties except PAM Baking

-Hebrew National: all items except Franks in a Blanket

-Wesson oils: all varieties

-Peter Pan Peanut Butter: all varieties

-Popcorn: Act II microwave, Orville Redenbacher jar and microwave, excluding Crunch n Munch and Poppycock

-Spreads: Parkay, Blue Bonnet, Fleischmann's and Move Over Butter

-David Seeds: all varieties

-Tomato Sauces: Hunt's tomato paste and sauces excluding pasta sauces

-Ketchup: Hunt's all varieties

-Reddi-Wip: all varieties

-Ro*Tel Tomatoes (excluding sauces)

*These items have been identified as not containing gluten. They are not currently routinely tested to affirm they contain less than 20ppm gluten for a 'gluten-free' claim.

We always advise consumers who may have sensitivities to recheck the ingredient list on each package. Products are oftentimes reformulated and the ingredients may change. If you have additional questions about your personal dietary needs, please consult your doctor or a registered dietitian.

I hope you have a great day!

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Chili powder is nothing more than ground peppers, which would be gluten-free.

Chili seasoning is a blend of chili powder with other ingredients, which could possibly include gluten.

It could also be labeled "chili powder blend." In the US and Canada, wheat would have to be disclosed using the word "wheat."

Actually, (unfortunately) what's often called Chili Powder usually has ground chile peppers, cumin, salt and other ingredients, such as this one:

http://www.mccormick.com/Products/Herbs-and-Spices/Spices-A-to-Z/Chili-Powder.aspx

They don't always add the word "blend" or "seasoning" to the label.

(Unless it's something like New Mexico chile powder, which is just ground chiles).

But you're right, the word "wheat" would have to be on there.

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My nutritionist recommends Eden...but I'm now off all beans which is a great tragedy in my life. *sob* She says I can trial them again in about 6 months. But on a positive note, dropping beans and corn seem to be helping with the pain issues I continued to have after going gluten-free!

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My nutritionist recommends Eden...but I'm now off all beans which is a great tragedy in my life. *sob* She says I can trial them again in about 6 months. But on a positive note, dropping beans and corn seem to be helping with the pain issues I continued to have after going gluten-free!

I have other food allergies besides being celiac. I use some Bush beans, but mostly Lucks, ( in the south) I do great with Lucks! Good luck! I know other beans have been mentioned (Eden) and they are gluten-free, however, the cost is much.

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Also know that bagged dry beans often are contaminated with grains - I have found that I have to pour them out, sort through them, and wash them thoroughly before cooking. They are transported and bagged in the same equipment as barley and other dry bagged products, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was some level of contamination in canned beans, where nobody is going to sort out the random grains.

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For what it's worth, my very sensitive husband has no problems ever with Eden or Westbrae (we like Eden because the can linings are BPA-free) --we read somewhere that canned beans should always be drained and rinsed before eating, so we do that, which may help with any possible slight CC.

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