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Benefiber "gluten Free" Made W/ Wheat!


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#1 Sweetfudge

 
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 07:49 PM

Seriously, what the freaking heck????
I got a free sample in the mail today of the "New, Gluten Free" Benefiber. Right on the bottle, it says Gluten Free. So I looked at the ingredient list to see what was in it, and the one and only ingredient listed is wheat dextrin. Tell me how this makes sense? I was half tempted to try it out, but thought I'd talk to you smart people first and see if I'm the only one who thinks this is nuts :rolleyes:
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Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 08:56 PM

Does the new ingredient, Wheat Dextrin, have any ill effects on people who experience wheat allergies or wheat intolerance?
Benefiber® (N) Powder which contains less than 10 ppm of gluten, is considered 'gluten-free', based on the Codex Alimentarius Commission's proposed definition of less than 20 ppm. However, people who experience gluten intolerance should not consume any products, including Benefiber®, that contain any level of gluten unless otherwise directed by their doctor.

Above is on the Benefiber website under FAQ's -- it is the very last one. I wouldn't try it.....
Isn't this kind of like the Rice Dream Milk where they have a little gluten (barley wasn't it) in it but not over the limit so they can say it is gluten free?
What is up with these companies wanting to sell gluten free items but not thinking that a lot of people are sensitive to even a very small amount. It is nice though that they make the last comment in their statement about if you are gluten intolerant then you should not cosume the product.

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 09:01 PM

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:14 PM

yeah, kinda pisses me off. misleading people like that. i'm definitely going to be writing to the company.
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Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT
Gluten-free since June 2006
Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991
Dairy-free for good since summer 2008
Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008
Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(
Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 03:52 AM

Does the new ingredient, Wheat Dextrin, have any ill effects on people who experience wheat allergies or wheat intolerance?
Benefiber® (N) Powder which contains less than 10 ppm of gluten, is considered 'gluten-free', based on the Codex Alimentarius Commission's proposed definition of less than 20 ppm. However, people who experience gluten intolerance should not consume any products, including Benefiber®, that contain any level of gluten unless otherwise directed by their doctor.

Above is on the Benefiber website under FAQ's -- it is the very last one. I wouldn't try it.....
Isn't this kind of like the Rice Dream Milk where they have a little gluten (barley wasn't it) in it but not over the limit so they can say it is gluten free?
What is up with these companies wanting to sell gluten free items but not thinking that a lot of people are sensitive to even a very small amount. It is nice though that they make the last comment in their statement about if you are gluten intolerant then you should not cosume the product.


I wouldn't touch this stuff but at least they let you know the wheat is in there. I can't stand the fact that a governmental body is going to decide how much poison my body can take. Gluten free should be gluten free period. With the new labeling regs they can now legally hide it if they choose to, Rice Dream is a real good example of that. The new regs are going to actually make it harder for us to tell what is really safe. I know the arguement that if they had a zero tolerance to gluten on labels it would leave us with less choices but I feel that is preferable to roulette with any processed product. They really weren't taking our health concerns into the regulations. IMHO they formed the new labeling regs for the convience of the maker and not us. It leaves us with no choice but to call every company regardless of the labels.
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:38 PM

I can't stand the fact that a governmental body is going to decide how much poison my body can take.

Me too!!!

I feel that is preferable to roulette with any processed product.

Seriously!!!
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Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008
Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(
Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 02:59 AM

All I know is that Benefiber did not have any wheat product in it before Novartis
reformulated it. We have called them numerous times in the past couple of years after
the reformulation and feel that Novartis really couldn't care less. In their minds
it's Gluten free because they say so based on the # of blah blahs per PPM.

I just want the old formula back, that's all I ask for.

We recently purchased the Wal Mart brand of fiber and the manufacturer over the phone stated that it's gluten-free. It's called EZ Fiber.
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:21 AM

Fibure Sure is gluten free & is similiar to Benefiber. You mix it & drink & can also put it in foods.
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:32 AM

Strange, I have been warning everyone about the CODEX gluten-free for quite a while.
Now it's too late it seems suddenly like this is a new topic?


As I have repeatedly posted the relevant parts of the CODEX and they have been ignored I don't feel inclined to do it again.
The bottom line is the CODEX is written by the food industry (Canada and the US actually getting the majority of votes.)
It is passed by the WHO .. but written by the food industry who present faked biased studies to say that 20ppm does NO MORE HARM than people who SAY they are totally gluten-free. (SAY is bolded, these studies don't actually check)

Well, due to apathy the US has adopted the VOLUNTARY standard that forces (practically) anything labelled gluten-free to had added gluten... so welcome to the lottery.
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:55 PM

Strange, I have been warning everyone about the CODEX gluten-free for quite a while.
Now it's too late it seems suddenly like this is a new topic?


As I have repeatedly posted the relevant parts of the CODEX and they have been ignored I don't feel inclined to do it again.
The bottom line is the CODEX is written by the food industry (Canada and the US actually getting the majority of votes.)
It is passed by the WHO .. but written by the food industry who present faked biased studies to say that 20ppm does NO MORE HARM than people who SAY they are totally gluten-free. (SAY is bolded, these studies don't actually check)

Well, due to apathy the US has adopted the VOLUNTARY standard that forces (practically) anything labelled gluten-free to had added gluten... so welcome to the lottery.



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Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT
Gluten-free since June 2006
Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991
Dairy-free for good since summer 2008
Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008
Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(
Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:50 AM

I use Yerba Prima brand Psyllium husks. It is a powder so you can put it in any food you want to. Not saying this is better than other brands, it is just the one I picked up.at Vitamin Shoppee.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyllium
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