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#1 FaithInScienceToo

 
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 09:45 AM

Just sharing - these are great!
Great as a snack, and great as a treat for kids/teens, and REALLY great in an emergency kit, or to take on the road, on a hike, or on a bike ;-)


I buy them, by the box, at Trader Joe's, but they have this on their site:

To place an order or for further information about the nearest point of purchase where you can find our products, please contact us.

ORGANIC FOOD BAR INC.
215 East Orangethorpe Ave. #284
Fullerton, CA 92832
Toll Free: 1-800-246-4685
Fax: 1-888-808-8276
Email: info@organicfoodbar.com


I pay about $2 per bar, which is well worth it to me.

Some of them provide 14 g of protein!
Some even have...dare I say it...CHOCOLATE CHIPS...in them ;-)

Here'e the URL and some add'l info I am copying/pasting for you:

http://www.organicfo...m/usa/prod.html


A perfect nutritional balance!
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Cold processed
High energy
100% organic
100% Vegetarian
Gluten free
GMO Free
Up to 100% Raw
No preservatives, additives, salt, coatings,
refined sugar, soy, peanuts or diary.

The Organic Food Bars follow the high Austrian Organic Certifi- cation Standards. They are the only USDA Certified Organic, non-dairy Certified Kosher, and Certified Vegan bars in the world.

This is the only line of organic food bars rich in phyto-nutrient dense sprouts and superfoods in a base of easy digestible, alkaline-forming vegetable protein for muscle and organ building, essential fats to promote a healthy cardiovascular and hormonal system, and complex carbohydrates for long lasting energy - without the 'crash'of most bars high in refined sugars.

We literally travel the world to source the finest foods to create our products. All of our ingredients are certified organic, kosher and purchased as fresh as possible since we receive fresh ingredients every month. Unlike most companies we make our own Organic Food Bars "with lots of love" in house. Fresh product made on a weekly basis gives our customers fresh highest quality finished product possible.
Our ingredients are mixed, blended, packaged and stored at room temperature to preserve the natural qualities and enzyme activity of the ingredients.

Unlike most other bars, our Organic Food Bars are sweetened only with whole-food sweeteners, including organic dates, organic raisins, organic honey, and low Glyecemic Index organic agave nectar to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Whether you are an athlete or just a busy person on the go, Organic Food Bars will help you to reach your health and fitness goals much quicker.
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gluten-free since Jan 1 '05
Positive response to diet within days, felt 'alive again' within 2 weeks

Feb 22 '05:
Diagnosed "Celiac Sprue, and IBS" by a GI doc, Dr. David Lin of Danville, CA
via blood testing 53 days after I began the gluten-free diet on my own:
Test results at 53 days POST going gluten-free were:

Gliadin AB IgA = 29.9
Since 30+ = positive for Celiac Disease when ingesting gluten, my doc
diagnosed me with Celiac Sprue then and there.

Gliadin AB IgG was 5.6 at that point
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Endoscopy with biopsies, AND colonoscopy with biopsies were done,
only to rule out other possible GI problems (especially intestinal
lymphoma) - My doctor told me the results indicated "no current damage
found" - and that as long as I stay gluten-free, I don't need another
biopsy for ten years.

Follow-up blood testing was done about one year later, by the same
Gastro doc, in Nov '05:
Gliadin AB IgA =26, Gliadin AB IgG <1

Blood testing done again by him, 5 months later (March '06)
He then told me my tests results were back to normal, and "Keep up the
good work! You can't argue with success!" :-)

I now see him one time per year for routine testing to make sure I am
staying gluten-free.
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ADDTIONALLY:
I was also diagnosed as positive for antibodies and autoimmune
response to gliadin by Enterolab, via stool specimen taken 56 days
gluten-free

and I have one of the two genes that 'cause' Celiac Disease:

"HLA-DQ8," via Enterolabs cheek cell test kit
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I began a COMPLETE 'Gluten-free Casein-free' diet in Nov '05, due to:
"positive" for casein antibodies from Enterolab (in Feb '05)
and
"positive" for casein IgG (Elisa) via York Labs' finger-prick blood
test, Sept '05
and continued 'stomach pains,' although nothing compared to before
going gluten-free....

UPDATE: ALL remaining symptoms disappeared within weeks of going gluten-free&CF!
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My PAST illnesses I believe are attributable to Untreated Celiac Disease:

Recurrent ear and throat infections in childhood
Frequent childhood stomach aches, underweight, picky eater
Tooth enamel problems/excessive cavities in childhood
Diagnosed in 20's with non-allergic rhinitis
Two spontaneous abortions (childless)
IBS diagnosis at age 28 (all better post going gluten-free and casein-free)
["Horrible" digestive problems from ages 32-47 - excess gas,
diarrhea gone post gluten-free!]
Reflux diagnosis at age 35 ('reflux' gone post gluten-free)
ADHD diagnosis at age 38 and at age 48 (not as bad with Gluten-free Casein-free diet)
Broke elbow in 2 places, age 39
Osteopenia diagnosed at age 44 (bone scan revealed thinning of spine -
taking Calcium and Vit D now)
Fibromyalgia diagnosis at age 40 (fatigue and pain all gone post gluten-free!)
Minor depression with anxiety diagnosed at age 42 (taking Paxil)
Skin cancer - squamous at age 43 and pre-melanoma at age 45
Adult acne (this, too, went away, but only after going dairy-free)
Topical dermatitis (so bad I needed steroid shots) diagnosed at age 46
(That's gone now, too!)
Excessive bruising of skin began at age 45:
I was told by derm doc AND family physician "That's just thin, aging
skin, nothing you can do about that" (GUESS WHAT?! ...NO unusual
bruising POST going gluten-free! I can now wear skirts and shorts
again!)


SO many years of being sick...
Hopefully, others will benefit from Science, and the increasing media
attention being given to Celiac Disease and gluten-based illnesses,
and will not have to go through what I, and others on here, have had
to go through.

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 10:41 AM

I have been eating these for the last couple of years and love them! My favorite is the one with the chocolate chips, which they nicely explain are GOOD FOR YOU! :)

One word of caution - they all say gluten free but some have greens in them, including barley and wheat, so avoid those. Also, the chocolate chip one says free of soy, but then lists soy lecithin in the chocolate chip part of the ingredients. So that may be of concern to some of you.

Anyway, LOVE THESE! I buy them at Whole Foods because they have more selection there than TJ's but TJ's is where I found them first.

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#3 FaithInScienceToo

 
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:38 PM

Hi, Stephanie -

I am not sure about there being gluten in the bars with 'greens' listed...

I tried to check this out....this is what they wrote about what they use:

"Wheat Grass & Barley Grass Juice Powder – These tender grasses are grown under chemical free conditions high in the mountains where the top soil in some areas is up to 96 feet thick. Most of the wheat grass and barley grass is grown in areas where the top soil is only ¼ " thick and the rest of it is found in health food stores growing in little plastic or Styrofoam containers. Our grasses are carefully harvested, washed, juiced immediately and turned into powder at room temperature to ensure the living nutrients stay intact. Other leading brands are using wheat grass and barley grass powders instead of juice powders. Unlike most mammals our stomach is not four chambered and our intestinal tract is only about half the length. Most of the nutrients are lost since the grasses do not stay in our body long enough to break down & assimilate. "

I will look for more info about this stuff on-line, but it's hard to believe that they would market ALL of their bars as being gluten-free if they aren't...

Still, it's best to be 100% certain!

I'll post whatever else I can find out -
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:44 PM

Seems like we're A-OK with ALL of their products...

I found this info by Googling, for Barley grass, gluten:

at: http://www.allorgani...wheatgrass.html


I found:
"Most wheat allergies are due to the gluten found in the wheatberry, but wheatgrass is cut before the plant forms a grain (berry) and therefore has no gluten."

and, about 'barley grass,' I found, at:


http://www.herbalrem....com/10250.html

this:
"The tender young grass is harvested when it is 8 inches high before the grass goes to joint, and the top 6 inches are used. Thus all the benefits remain in the grass instead of being used to generate the grains."
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:50 PM

This is of course up for debate but I would not risk my health on eating wheat or barley grass supplements. I think you'll find a lot of strong opinion on this both ways. Think of alfalfa sprouts - there's always some trace seed in that stuff. You can't sprout something and grow it without a chance of something of the seed being left behind. To the extent we are careful about cross contamination, I would not risk using any supplement of wheat or barley grass, it's just not worth it.

For backup on the other opinion, I was in Trader Joe's Saturday and got their gluten-free product pamphlet - it says all of their supplements except the Super Greens, Wheat Grass and a third one (don't have it in front of me) are gluten free. Better to be safe than sorry.

If you search this forum you'll find many thoughts on this.

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:55 PM

From the online version of Trader Joe's Gluten Free Product List:

All dietary supplements are gluten free except for: Very Green Powder, Very Green Capsules and Wheat Grass.


http://www.traderjoe...west_gluten.pdf

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#7 FaithInScienceToo

 
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:56 PM

I will continue to research this, Stephanie...I live in the Bay area...I see you are in Cal, too...perhaps the researchers at the Stanford Celiac clinic can help clear this up? I am not sure if 'the seed' has gluten, though...that is not the same as 'the berry'...or the actual grain.

Anyway, I'll try to e-mail someone over there...I imagine they know for certain...at least I hope they do....

Thanks for tagging on, again!

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:57 PM

I will look for more info about this stuff on-line, but it's hard to believe that they would market ALL of their bars as being gluten-free if they aren't...

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Oh, and one more thing, they also market all their products as being soy-free but then as I listed before, the chocolate chip version has soy lecithin in it...


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Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:59 PM

Gina - yep, more NorCal than you, though... 90 miles north of Sacramento.

The seed IS the grain. So any amount of seed left around could contaminate.

I would be interested to see what the Stanford Celiac clinic says... this is a big debate.

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 02:00 PM

For backup on the other opinion, I was in Trader Joe's Saturday and got their gluten-free product pamphlet - it says all of their supplements except the Super Greens, Wheat Grass and a third one (don't have it in front of me) are gluten free. Better to be safe than sorry.

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I meant to add....

The Trader Joe's people may not know 'what's what' about this stuff, too...perhaps they are also 'being better safe than sorry?' ...

ANWAY...

It would be wonderful news, though, if we can buy all of the bars without worry, and to even find out if we can take supplements with these healthy ingredients in them, so I will definitely find out what's what about this...is it just another Net myth, or do we really need to have fear about Wheat and Barley 'grass'...

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 02:03 PM

Thanks for the add'l info! If ANY grain could possibly get into the 'grass' they use, then it would be best to not risk it!

I'll post here when I find out what the Stanford people say...but it seems now that they will say what you have! :-(

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 02:18 PM

Wow, we are ALL over this topic... wonder if anyone else will read? :)

I hope it's a myth but people have posted here who have gotten sick from wheat grass supplements so I'm guessing it's not a myth... but there are several other flavors of bars they have that it's not much of a big deal.

I just avoid green supplements as a blanket rule now.

Gee, hope someone else has something to add here! :)

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 02:22 PM

I haven't contacted Stanford yet...not sure if I will now....Except, I would like to ask for their entire list of what is safe and what is not...so, I may try to make a trip there, or maybe even a doc appt... (I have PPO ins)

about this stuff, though...

I went to the Celiac Sprue Association web site - they had this to say:

"WHEAT grass: Leaves of WHEAT. There is no research available on the gluten content."

and, They list it as "NOT OK"

That's enough for me :-)

Glad I haven't seen the bars with the greens in them...I would have bought boxes worth, as I buy these 24 at a time :-)

Hopefully the ones I have been buying are not contaminated in any way...
If there is a chance they can be, and I can no longer eat these, I will be like this about it: :o :angry: :(

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 03:57 PM

I think the others are fine. I have had the omega and the chocolate chip ones many times (two cases and several singles) and been totally fine. I think they are great! I am thinking about making my own, sort of, because they don't sell them locally, I have to drive 180 miles round trip to get them....

Great for hypoglycemics, too!

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 04:39 PM

I have been addicted to the Active Greens Chocolate version (not the regular choc chip, but the greens w/chocolate). I was a little concerned about the wheat grass thing but they do say gluten-free. However... I *think* they are giving me a reaction. They were ok at first but after having them every day for about a week I started to get suspicious. I was feeling a bit brain fogged. I cut them out for a week, then had one this morning and have felt a little brain foggy/grumpy/dizzy. I can't be sure it's them, but I'm highly suspicious. I will still keep them on standby in my emergency cupboard (in case of hurricane or something!) but I think I will rule them out of my daily diet.

Sucks cos they are GOOD!... :lol:
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