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Stevia Users Beware
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I recently found out that the Stevia I have been using, which has Maltodextrin in it, is not gluten-free....which explains why I was much much better but not totally well. According to some lists if the Maltodextrin is manufactured in the US it is gluten-free. I discovered that the Stevia I have been using is from Columbia, so I went to their website to check it out and it is not gluten free....grrrrrrrrrr. I post this for those that might be using Stevia from other places. Please check it out. The brand is Erba Dolce, here is a link to a site that shows it is NOT gluten-free.

http://www.internaturalfoods.com/stevia/stevia.html

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If this stuff has wheat in it it must by U.S. law list it. It doesn't matter where it comes from or where the maltodextrin is made. ANY maltodextrin from wheat must list the wheat. Period. That's actually a separate law from the allergen law.

Now if there's barley in it somewhere that's another matter.

richard

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Wow! I am glad you discoverd what was going on. You can grow stevia by the way...

Meanwhile I use the plain organic stevia extract from Trader Joe's without extra additives. Have never had a problem with it. Says it is gluten free. Am very sensitive to trace gluten so its unlikely its CC'd.

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Maltodextrin in the US is not wheat based.

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Just a kind correction....

If maltodextrin made in the US has a wheat base it is fully listed on the label.

(I've only seen it once on a can of Pacific soup.)

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Again, it doesn't matter where the maltodextrin is made, if it has wheat and the product is sold in the U.S., the wheat MUST be listed.

richard

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Again, it doesn't matter where the maltodextrin is made, if it has wheat and the product is sold in the U.S., the wheat MUST be listed.

richard

Yes, but it might be CC'd... Best to check where its made if possible, however often for the minor ingredients they don't do that.

Bea

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OK, because stevia containing gluten didn't seem right, I contacted the company. Samma, the stevia is NOT the source of any gluten you're getting. Here's the reply:

Dear Richard,

Thank you for your interest in our Erba Dolce stevia.

We have received confirmation from our manufacturer that ERba Dolce

stevia is gluten free.

Thank you for inquiry and letting us know about the mistake on the

website. We have sent this change over to our web designer and you

should see it shortly.

We hope you continue to enjoy our Erba Dolce stevia.

If you send back your address, we would be happy to send you some

samples as a thank you.

Sincerely,

Sophia Sin

INTERNATURAL FOODS

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

973|338.1499 x107

The Internet is not always right. When something seems odd, it's always best to check.

richard

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