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Strawberries And Gluten
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I read that fresh fruit was OK on a gluten-free diet, but recently broke out in hives after eating some organic strawberries. After researching strawberries and hives I learned that strawberries are grown in straw and straw is made from wheat, barley oats or rye, none of which is acceptable on a gluten-free diet. Why isn't this mentioned on the gluten-free sites that recommend fresh fruit? Thanks, A very frustrated gluten-intolerant

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It isn't mentioned because it has no basis in truth.

You are eating the fruit, not the soil in which it was grown.

Even if it was possible for the plant to absorb protein from soil directly into the fruit, there would be almost no gluten in straw. It is the stems after the grain (which is the gluten source) has been thrashed out.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are gluten-free.

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Thanks Peter, then I seem to be allergic to strawberries in addition to being gluten intolerant. Oh happy day!!

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Breaking out in hives sounds like an allergic reaction. I know a couple of people allergic to strawberries and they get hives from them.

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Strawberry allergy is not uncommon at all. My brother used to get hives from strawberries. Fortunately he outgrew it.

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Thank you all. I guess my confusion was that I read that even insignificant amounts of gluten from the product itself or cross-contamination, was harmful and should be avoided. This is all so new that I feel that every negative reaction I'm having to food is related to falling off the gluten free wagon. As a test (and also, truthfully, not wanting to throw the other box of organic strawberries in the trash) I ate more of them yesterday and had no reaction. The hives stayed the same and did not get worse. I am now completely and totally confused, and so grateful for this forum.

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Just want to revisit this thread: The reason people 'think' that they are allergic to strawberries is because strawberries are one of a few fruits that have naturally higher levels of histamine. This does not necessarily mean that you are allergic to them, but it could point to a histamine sensitivity. If you suffer from chronic urticaria, it might be helpful to reduce your intake of high histamine producing foods. Below are a couple links for further information:

http://histame.com/histamine-rich-foods-substances

http://www.allergyuk.org/common-food-intolerances/histamine-intolerance

http://www.ehow.com/info_8110125_high-histamine-foods.html

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