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#700894 "gluten-Free" Foods

Posted by on 19 May 2011 - 06:30 PM

Keep in mind that during the healing process, your damaged body may lash out at any time, without needing gluten to trigger a reaction based on past, unhealed damage.

In the United States, there is no regulated definition of the term "gluten-free." It means whatever the person making the claim wants it to, or rather, whatever the plaintiff's lawyer can convince a jury it should mean. :angry:

The generally accepted definition here at celiac.com is that the product is gluten-free if it contains no ingredients derived from a gluten-containing grain, although there are some exceptions to that rule. Distilled alcohol is considered gluten-free by most of us, regardless of what it was distilled from.

There is a rule proposed and under consideration by the FDA, but it does not rule out a shared facility or even a shared line.

In Canada, a product may be labeled gluten-free if it contains no ingredient derived from a gluten grain. Again, possible cross-contamination is not covered.

The "shared facility" thing is one of my bugbears. Just because the final processing plant does not process any gluten is no guarantee that there is no cross-contamination. Contamination can occur at any point along the supply line, starting at the farm where something was grown. The employees at the "gluten-free" facility may eat donuts from the drive-thru on their way to work.

Even so, a shared facility does not mean that there is necessarily contamination. It only means that the allergen is somewhere in the building. Do you have any foods in your home that contain gluten? If so, you live in a shared facility. Does your family use the same utensils and plates that you do to eat? If so, you have shared equipment.
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#700376 Kinnikinic Hot Dog Buns

Posted by on 17 May 2011 - 07:00 PM

I haven't tried that specific item, but the Kinnikinnick products I have tried have been good. If you miss Oreos, try their K-toos.
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#700151 I Think I Just Got Glutened!

Posted by on 17 May 2011 - 05:45 AM

I use Kraft shredded cheeses. There is nothing in them except cheese.
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#699955 Editing A Very Old Post

Posted by on 16 May 2011 - 11:49 AM

It has been taken care of.
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#699756 International House Of Pancakes

Posted by on 15 May 2011 - 12:16 PM

This topic is seven years old. Much has changed.

About the MFS - Agreed! The FDA does not require "modified food starch" to be labeled for consumers as containg "wheat or gluten".

No longer true. As of January 1, 2006 (over five years ago), ANY wheat content in packaged food in the USA MUST, by federal law, be clearly and explicitly disclosed, using the word "wheat."
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#697727 Can You Trust A Company's Word About Gluten Free On Non-Labeled Products?

Posted by on 08 May 2011 - 07:43 AM

And sort of along those lines - if the product is gluten free, why aren't they labeling it gluten-free? Seems like that would help them sell more.

Sadly, there are a number of misinformed people who believe "gluten-free" means "tastes like crud." A gluten-free label may cause these people to not buy a product because it is labeled gluten-free. It's not a guaranteed upside.
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#696142 I Can't Figure This Out, Need Some Input

Posted by on 01 May 2011 - 08:10 AM

Could it be the sorbitol? It's gluten-free, but can act as a laxative in large quantities. In some people "large" isn't--even a small amount can cause D.
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#695923 I Think I Just Got Glutened!

Posted by on 30 April 2011 - 04:26 AM

In the United States, if any grain product is added to meat it must be disclosed per USDA rules. If the meat is contained in a processed food product, then FALCPA rules apply, and wheat must be clearly disclosed.
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#694629 Help My Poor Flower Beds!

Posted by on 24 April 2011 - 04:20 PM

Janet, the problem is simple. You lack the Scottish heritage that I have. Otherwise you would respect and welcome your thistles.

From Wikipedia:
In the language of flowers, the thistle (like the burr) is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment.

The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286) and was used on silver coins issued by James III in 1470. It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland. It is found in many Scottish symbols and as the name of several Scottish football clubs. The thistle, crowned with the Scottish crown, is the symbol of seven of the eight Scottish Police Forces (the exception being the Northern Constabulary). The thistle is also the emblem of Encyclopædia Britannica, which originated in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carnegie Mellon University features the thistle in its crest.

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#694457 Friend Doesn't Get It

Posted by on 23 April 2011 - 06:23 PM


As a teenager, there are some things about your life that you do not have control of.

You are old enough to make your own decisions about some things. You have the right to decide what you will (or will not) eat. Nobody can "make" you eat anything. If this was a parent trying to force something on you, there might be some room to argue. They do have some authority over a minor. But the daughter of your mom's friend--phooey. Tell her to stick the gluten where the sun doesn't shine. She's a bully and is NOT your friend. :ph34r:
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#693421 Annoying Friends!

Posted by on 19 April 2011 - 06:51 PM

The people who make fun of your dietary needs and do not respect them are not what I would call friends. My friends respect me and my needs, even if they do not fully understand them. That is what it means to be a friend. Your mileage may vary.
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#692643 Lipton White Tea To Go

Posted by on 16 April 2011 - 09:26 AM

Lipton is a Unilever brand. If there is gluten, it will be clearly disclosed by naming the grain in question. If you don't see the name of a gluten grain in the ingredients list, the product is gluten-free.
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#691244 Breaking The Vicious Cycle

Posted by on 10 April 2011 - 07:22 PM

Please have a look at the topic here about the SCD. It has a lot of good information about the diet suggested by the author of that book. Towards the end of the discussion, it goes off topic into things that have nothing to do with the diet.
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#685912 Diagnosed At 51

Posted by on 22 March 2011 - 07:00 PM

I was diagnosed in 2000 at the age of 46. I had severe issues at the time. I have been gluten-free for over a decade, and my life is the best it has ever been. Other that having to strictly avoid gluten, my health is good. I do have autoimmune diabetes which may or may not be connected to my celiac disease.
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#685837 Mouthwash Has Gluten In It

Posted by on 22 March 2011 - 03:10 PM


I can't see any gluten source in there either. If you are reacting to something on that list, my first guess would be the sorbital [sic]. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol which causes digestive upset in some people.
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