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Gluten Like Reaction To Sorghum?


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#1 birdie22

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:08 AM

Anyone have a gluten like reaction to sorghum? I posted earlier this week about getting bad gas from Pamela's bread mix. I've had other Pamela's products and other gluten-free breads and the only ingredient that seemed different was that sorghum was the main ingredient. Once I stopped eating the bread the gas stopped. Well I ate the bread for four days and by day 4 a small canker sore appeared. It was teeny tiny and went away the day after I stopped the bread. I also had a flare up of cystic acne on my forehead which also happened a few weeks ago when I did a 7 day gluten challenge and which cleared once gluten-free again.

So is it possible to have a gluten like reaction to sorghum? Nothing else in my diet was different this week. And I didnt get the wicked bloating or epigastric pain that I would if I had been actually glistened.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:28 AM

Anyone have a gluten like reaction to sorghum? I posted earlier this week about getting bad gas from Pamela's bread mix. I've had other Pamela's products and other gluten-free breads and the only ingredient that seemed different was that sorghum was the main ingredient. Once I stopped eating the bread the gas stopped. Well I ate the bread for four days and by day 4 a small canker sore appeared. It was teeny tiny and went away the day after I stopped the bread. I also had a flare up of cystic acne on my forehead which also happened a few weeks ago when I did a 7 day gluten challenge and which cleared once gluten-free again.

So is it possible to have a gluten like reaction to sorghum? Nothing else in my diet was different this week. And I didnt get the wicked bloating or epigastric pain that I would if I had been actually glistened.

I had a bad reaction to cookies made with a flour blend that contained sorghum. I thought maybe the sorghum had cc? The other flours in the blend were ones I had eaten without a problem many times. I still wonder if I can't tolerate sorghum..or if it was cc? :blink:
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:44 AM

Celiacs can have or develop reactions/sensitivities/allergies to anything at any time. It's more than possible it was the sorghum & quite likely. So now you know to avoid it.
I recently discovered the same thing with Quinoa for myself. I felt like I had been glutened & my dh rash flared. I know there was no cc. I quit the Quinoa & cleared right up. So Quinoa is off my list.
Sometimes you can get those foods back but you have to try them way farther down the line in say 6 months, a year or so.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:04 AM

I've had issues with the Pamela's flours, too! I've only eaten the bread flour and pancake mix both of which bothered me. (the pancake mix does not have sorghum but it does have buttermilk and milk is definitely an issue for me).
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

Glad to know I'm not alone. I guess I'll look at the bright side that my reactions were clear enough to know that something was bothering me.

I bought the gluten-free king arther bread mix today. No sorghum so well see how I tolerate this one. I'll use the same mixer and pan. If its ok then I'll know it's something in the Pamela's mix that doesn't agree with me.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:21 AM

Anyone have a gluten like reaction to sorghum? I posted earlier this week about getting bad gas from Pamela's bread mix. I've had other Pamela's products and other gluten-free breads and the only ingredient that seemed different was that sorghum was the main ingredient. Once I stopped eating the bread the gas stopped. Well I ate the bread for four days and by day 4 a small canker sore appeared. It was teeny tiny and went away the day after I stopped the bread. I also had a flare up of cystic acne on my forehead which also happened a few weeks ago when I did a 7 day gluten challenge and which cleared once gluten-free again.

So is it possible to have a gluten like reaction to sorghum? Nothing else in my diet was different this week. And I didnt get the wicked bloating or epigastric pain that I would if I had been actually glistened.



Another thing to think about is xanthan gum. A lot of people develop allergy/sensitivity to xanthan gum after a certain time of exposure, and it can make you feel sick, even make you feel like you might have been "glutened".

Xanthan gum is used in most commercial gluten-free foods and mixes, though some are using guar gum which has a lower sensitivity threshold I think.

Check out this article on celiac.com.

For home baking, guar gum is a good substitute for xanthan gum. I've also found recipes that use pectin, gelatin, even psyllium seed for adding "body" to baked goods.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:21 AM

Thanks for that info. I'll keep an eye on the xantham.
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 05:14 AM

I am very sensitive so I buy my grains whole and sort and wash them. I have come across gluten grains as well as corn in my sorghum. I contacted the supplier and they used shared harvesting equipment. They said that they spend two days taking the harvester apart and cleaning it, and they use the first bit for animal feed. I guess they still managed to miss some. It must be really hard on farmers to try to provide grains free from cc.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:39 AM

So my gas issue has returned today unfortunately. I made the King Arthur gluten-free bread yesterday and had a sandwich for breakfast. Just as last week with the Pamela's I've developed very smelly gas about 6hrs after eating it. I compared ingredients and they have tapioca flour and xanthan gum in common. However, I looked at the Udi's ingredients, which I've eaten w/out issue, and that also contains those ingredients. I wonder if it is something with it being fresh baked vs frozen and toasted (Udi's) that is making a difference? I'm really baffled as to why I'm reacting to these 2 different homemade breads but not store bought frozen kind.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:39 AM

So today I had the same thing I had for lunch yesterday (a turkey sand on gluten-free panini from a local gluten-free bakery) and so far have had no issues. So it is definitely the King Arthur bread I had for breakfast yesterday and again, that reaction was identical to the reaction I had to the Pamela's bread I baked last week. The bread was made in my Kitchen Aid mixer (stainless steel bowl with stainless steel paddle) and baked in the same metal bread/loaf pan. I did use Crisco to lightly grease the pan. I don't believe I have an issue with soy (the main ingredient of Crisco) plus I don't think there'd be enough Crisco on the side/crust of the bread to cause a reaction.

Pamela's Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour, Sweet Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Organic Natural Evaporated Cane Sugar, Chicory Root, White Rice Flour, Millet Flour, Honey and Molasses; Rice Bran, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Yeast Packet.

King Arthur's : Specialty flour blend (rice flour, tapioca starch), tapioca starch, potato starch, sugar, emulsifier (rice starch, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), salt, xanthan gum, dry yeast, yeast, sorbitan monostearate, ascorbic acid

Udi's
:INGREDIENTS: UDIíS BEST BLEND (TAPIOCA & POTATO STARCH, BROWN RICE & TEFF FLOUR, MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH), WATER, NON-GMO VEGETABLE OIL (CANOLA OR SUNFLOWER OR SAFFLOWER), EGG WHITES, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, TAPIOCA SYRUP, YEAST, FLAX SEED, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORN STARCH, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CULTURED CORN SYRUP SOLIDS (NATURAL MOLD INHIBITOR), DRY MOLASSES, ENZYMES.

I have no issue with Udi's which is what throws me because the items in common to King Arthur and Pamela's are tapioca, xantham gum and yeast, but those 3 are also in the Udi's.

Hubby, who is not gluten-free, said he'd eat a bunch of the King Arthur and see what happens. Just about everything gives him gas, so he'll be a good test subject :rolleyes:
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:29 PM

I like Perky's Crunchy Flax,(it is right there in the ingredients Whole Sorghum Flour)when I eat it, I have a reaction. I feel tired, and achy and very gassy. Not quite as bad as gluten, but I feel it.

I am so glad I read your post; I have been crazy trying to figure it out, now it makes sense. Thank God for this Forum,and you for posting this topic.

BDW Xanthan Gum,gets me the same.

-Miriam
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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:13 PM

Hi, I'm so new to being aware of food sensitivities that I'm still in a fog. Does anyone know if a reaction could feel like 1) your face is hot (on fire) yet no large rash, just a little red in cheeks. 2) your eyelids feel full or swollen - yet don't look too crazy. 3) immediate headache. My stomach doesn't seem bothered like I've read others reactions, Mine complaint would be the opposite constipation? Any suggestions


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 07:10 PM

Everyone can have different symptom for reactions.  (It sounds like a reaction to me.)  What exact reaction would have to be diagnosed by a doctor.

 

We really support each other for gluten free information, but generally if something bothers you don't eat it.  Sorghum is gluten free, but some people don't tolerate it well.

 

You can do a challenge in the future to see if you react the same way.  You can try to build up a tolerance by introducing small amounts slowly adding more.  I f anything seemed like an "allergic reaction" getting hot and swelling, don't challenge or try and build up a tolerance.


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