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Is Tea Gluten Free?


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#1 dinali63

 
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 08:36 AM

Hi!

I was diagnosed with celiac over one year ago and have been feeling pretty well. However, in the past week, I've gotten severe gastrointestinal symptoms that today have me staying in the house. The only difference in my diet is that I tried a new black tea. Can black tea (not flavored) contain gluten? I saw a nutritionist in NY that told me I would be ok with any plain tea or coffee? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!
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#2 ShayFL

 
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 09:02 AM

Just as I thought...It is the tannins in the tea that are a GI irritant. Google:

tannins + tea + gastrointestinal

You will find lots of support for this.
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 09:02 AM

It really shouldn't. Check the ingredients. I once had the same problem with a certain brand of black tea but couldn't ever figure out why.
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 09:16 AM

Some tea companies use gluten in the manufacturing of certain flavored or herbal teas. In that case, there is a chance of cross contamination.

I stick with Stash teas--they don't use gluten in any of their teas.

Out of curiosity, which brand of tea gave you problems?
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#5 dinali63

 
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 10:31 AM

Thank you for the replies! The tea is an English brand PG tips. I had it in England a couple of years ago before my diagnosis and really liked it. I found it in the grocery store here, and thought it would be safe. It makes sense that it could be something in the manufacturing process. I tried to call the company but didn't get through.
I sent an email, but didn't hear back yet. I'm very strict with my diet and have been feeling great. This is the only new item that's been introduced in the last couple of days and yesterday I had two cups. Today I'm miserable so I'm taking it out of my diet and I'll see if I start feeling better. I know that I'm very very sensitive to gluten and have had severe reactions if I get even the slightest bit of gluten. I felt this way last holiday season when I had a flavored coffee (one I thought was gluten free, but maybe wasn't brewed correctly in the shop). I'm going to try the tea suggested and stick to ones where the company states it's gluten free.
It's amazing to me that I forgot how bad I could feel with the slightest bit of gluten in my system. Unfortunately I should have called and made sure before I tried something. It sometimes is so hard to keep checking when it seems like everyone around me can eat or drink what they want..............
Thanks again for the help!
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 02:44 PM

Did you hear back from them, dinali63? Now that I look at the PG Tips bags again I am totally suspecting gluten from the glue used to seal them! I just sent an email and will post if I hear back.

I've been having some problems of late as well, and I recently have been drinking some of this tea, and a tea called Egyptian Licorice by brand Yogi Teas (delicious, by the way, assuming it is gluten-free, as other posts seem to indicate, at least according to the company...)

Thank you for the replies! The tea is an English brand PG tips. I had it in England a couple of years ago before my diagnosis and really liked it. I found it in the grocery store here, and thought it would be safe. It makes sense that it could be something in the manufacturing process. I tried to call the company but didn't get through.
I sent an email, but didn't hear back yet. I'm very strict with my diet and have been feeling great. This is the only new item that's been introduced in the last couple of days and yesterday I had two cups. Today I'm miserable so I'm taking it out of my diet and I'll see if I start feeling better. I know that I'm very very sensitive to gluten and have had severe reactions if I get even the slightest bit of gluten. I felt this way last holiday season when I had a flavored coffee (one I thought was gluten free, but maybe wasn't brewed correctly in the shop). I'm going to try the tea suggested and stick to ones where the company states it's gluten free.
It's amazing to me that I forgot how bad I could feel with the slightest bit of gluten in my system. Unfortunately I should have called and made sure before I tried something. It sometimes is so hard to keep checking when it seems like everyone around me can eat or drink what they want..............
Thanks again for the help!


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Posted 03 November 2008 - 02:58 PM

All the Republic of Tea teas are gluten-free.
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 04:57 AM

Watch out for the celestial seasonings holiday teas!! A couple have barley in them, but at least CS will label their gluten-free teas as gluten-free right on the box.
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:26 AM

Info from Yogi Teas:

Thank you for the email. Since we make cereal here also the chance for air-born cross contamination is 1 to 2 parts per billion. There are 4 teas in which barley malt is added. They are the Fasting Tea, Calming Tea, Kava Stress Relief Tea and the Stomach Ease Tea.

We use heat to seal the tea bags. No glue.

Best wishes,
V Crowley

Customer Service Representative
Golden Temple, Peace Cereal, Yogi Tea
Websites: www.peacecereal.com, www.yogitea.com
www.whaguruchew.com


I have yet to hear from PG Tips. I'm pretty sure I reacted to their tea...

Did you hear back from them, dinali63? Now that I look at the PG Tips bags again I am totally suspecting gluten from the glue used to seal them! I just sent an email and will post if I hear back.

I've been having some problems of late as well, and I recently have been drinking some of this tea, and a tea called Egyptian Licorice by brand Yogi Teas (delicious, by the way, assuming it is gluten-free, as other posts seem to indicate, at least according to the company...)


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Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:37 AM

I would love to know why it is necessary for barley malt to be added to tea...? seems really silly if you ask me.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:11 AM

According to the manufacturer, PG Tips is gluten free:

Hello from PG tips!

Thank you for your recent email.

I can inform you that we do not use any glue in the process of sealing our
tea bags. Our tea bags are free from wheat, barley, rye and oats.

Please do not hesitate to contact us again in the future if you require any
further information or assistance.

Kind regards,

B Hirani
Careline Advisor

Unilever UK Limited
Registered in England & Wales; Company No 334527
Registered Office: Walton Court, Station Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
KT12 1UP


Did you hear back from them, dinali63? Now that I look at the PG Tips bags again I am totally suspecting gluten from the glue used to seal them! I just sent an email and will post if I hear back.

I've been having some problems of late as well, and I recently have been drinking some of this tea, and a tea called Egyptian Licorice by brand Yogi Teas (delicious, by the way, assuming it is gluten-free, as other posts seem to indicate, at least according to the company...)


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Posted 17 November 2008 - 08:24 AM

We use Lipton Tea at our house. Regular Tea. Anyone have issues with that? We are still new and learning each day.
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