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Stevia Is Not Necessarily Gluten Free

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:38 PM

I inquired of the manufacturer, Wisdom Nutrition, how their stevia was made (Brand Name is SweetLeaf "100% Natural Stevia Sweetener"? I cut-n-pasted the quote from the email: "SweetLeaf Sweetener is blended with Inulin, a prebiotic all natural soluble fiber which aids digestive health. The fiber is solely derived from chicory root." Then they stated "As with all SweetLeaf products; zero chemicals, zero alcohol sugars, zero gluten, zero msg, zero carbs, zero glycemic index and zero calories". Well its its made with the fiber derived from chicory root, and we know that chicory root is NOT gluten free...I have my doubts whether this product is truly 100% free of gluten. I let them know my thoughts so hopefully they will look into it and re-test their product. I won't be getting it, that's for sure.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:59 AM

What on earth makes you think that chicory root is not gluten free? It is the root from the plant Cichorium intybus. It is not wheat, barley or rye or derived from them. Of course, during processing it could get contaminated with gluten as anything can, but it is naturally gluten free.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:02 AM

I'm not sure where you've gotten your information because I've definitely never heard or experienced that Chicory Root is not gluten free. It's a natural herb. So when you say "we definitely all know that Chicory Root is NOT gluten free", please provide us with some documentation of such so we can do our best not to spread false information. Being gluten free is hard enough without inaccuracies flying around!
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:05 AM

As mentioned, chicory is gluten free.

If the op had a problem with this product, it could be the inulin, which can cause GI issues in some people (like me)--but this has nothing to do with gluten.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 05:09 AM

Chicory root is an ingredient in some of Pamela's Products that are indeed gluten-free.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:54 PM

Chicory is a wild flower, not a wild flower child, but just a wild flower.

Chicory Cornflower on Wiki

It is actually a pretty blue flower that grows in lots of pastures and grassy areas. They use it in some coffee blends also.

Chicory gotz no gluten in it.

But I can see a wild flower child wearing cornflowers in her hair. Why not? :D

I have read on here before a post by someone who had a reaction to a stevia blend. So maybe it is something else in the stevia causing a problem? We can develop intolerances to just about anything it seems. Just check my signature.
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:45 AM

I have read on here before a post by someone who had a reaction to a stevia blend. So maybe it is something else in the stevia causing a problem? We can develop intolerances to just about anything it seems. Just check my signature.

Stevia is in the ragweed family so if someone is allergic to ragweed they may have problems with stevia. I am allergic to ragweed and get an allergic reaction to it but it is not a gluten reaction.
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Posted 29 December 2013 - 10:17 PM

The issue with Stevia (especially the liquid) is that most of them are processed in a gluten facility. I'll be passing my new bottle along to someone else and opting for pure stevia powder.

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