Caramel Coloring Confusion!
Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:35 PM
Let's all gang up and kick gluten in the butt!
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:20 PM
Here is Shelley Case's take on it, from Gluten-Free Diet A Comprehensive Resource Guide:
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Although gluten-containing ingredients (barley malt syrup and starch hydrolysates) can be used in the production of caramel color, North American companies use corn as it has a longer shelf life and makes a superior product. European companies use glucose derived from wheat starch, however caramel color is highly processed and contains no gluten.
I don't worry about caramel color. Pepsi and Coca-Cola are gluten-free in all variations.
Diagnosis by biopsy of practically non-existent villi; gluten-free since July 2000.
Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes diagnosed in March 1986
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:49 PM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:24 AM
Another thing is that in the US, gluten cannot be hidden in food products. So it'll be on the label if its there. Note, however, this does not include possible CC due to shared factories.
Actually, this is not quite true.
They do not have to disclose "hidden gluten". They only have to disclose WHEAT.
The eight foods identified by the law are:
- Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
- Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp)
- Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
If a product contains oats, for example, it will not say "may contain wheat"--but we all know it could
if those oats are not certified G F.
If a product contains barley, they do not have to label it as anything at all.
There are people lobbying to get "gluten labeling laws", but it has not passed yet.
Sadly, I had to learn all this the hard way, early on.
"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy
Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; finally DXed on 11/01/10. I figured it out myself. Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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