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Member Since 24 Mar 2007
Offline Last Active Apr 13 2008 08:52 AM

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In Topic: Gluten Free At Pret A Manger

15 March 2008 - 08:51 AM

Hi; yeah, their wheat free bread is actually rye bread. The amount of people who don't realise that wheat free doesn't necessarily mean gluten free is rather large - it doesn't surprise me that the people at pret don't know. They're so clueless in pret!

I did notice that their label looks a lot like the cross grain symbol - obviously they didn't do their research!

Though I guess it is a step in the right direction :)

In Topic: Wheat Allergy

24 January 2008 - 06:59 AM

Sorry to hear about your wheat allergy Tazzie, but congratuations that you have an official diagnosis of what is wrong with you so you can stop it happening! :D

I personally haven't had the tingling, but I can agree with you that it is common to read about that kind of thing on here. Seems perfectly normal to me. It might be too soon to tell, but does it go away after a week or so of not eating wheat?

In terms of the 'gum' thing - a lot of gluten free foods use xantham gum to act as a (for want of a better word) 'springy' agent! Guar gum is made from the guar bean - it is used in much the same way as xantham gum - to emulsify and thicken. I'm not sure what those guidelines mean to be honest when they mention just 'gum'. I am sure some chewing gum will have wheat/gluten in it, but I believe I'm right in saying the majority does not.

You will get used to what these funny ingredients that seem to be in everything are! If in doubt, google the ingredient+wheat or +gluten. I probably do that twice a day!

Are you based in the UK? If you are, you can buy a directory from the Coeliac society that is basically a little book of all foods that are gluten free on sale in the UK. It's very comprehensive and has pretty much everything in there.

Remember, if in doubt, don't eat it! And check the ingredients of *everything*!

In Topic: Did You Have Gluten Withdrawal?

23 January 2008 - 05:15 AM

You're absolutely not alone. It was so difficult at first, and all I wanted was a big pizza! I was moody, depressed, happy, and sleepy all at once.

However, it's been nearly a year for me now, and everything is fine. Except when I get absolutely glutened, all of the mood swings are virtually gone :).

In Topic: Tapioca Flour In London?

16 December 2007 - 08:39 AM

I expect they sell it at the Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street. Well worth a visit anyway as they have tonnes of gluten-free foods - even fresh bread!

In Topic: Starbucks Gluten Free

03 November 2007 - 02:18 AM

Hello. Turns out it isn't the syrup, it's the sugar topping! Plus the eggnog mix has gluten :(.

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