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Utz Potato Chips

02 August 2013 - 04:09 PM

I just did a search on this and found lots of topics so I guess I'm bringing up an old subject.  But most of what I read was a year or older so maybe there is some new info.


Something is making me not feel well and it is either the Utz sweet potato chips or smarties I am eating.  I thought the chips were okay because the bag says gluten free as well as their web site.  But some of the posters here state they have had a problem.  Yet others say they have no problem at all.  Because most of the posts pertaining to this are so old I'm wondering if there is any "late, breaking news" on this topic.  Sounds like at one point Utz admitted there could be cross contamination but at other times said no chance.


I want to eat the chips but now I'm afraid.


Any thoughts on Utz?

Are All Smarties Created Equal?

02 August 2013 - 03:13 PM

I'm talking about the candy, those little round pasel colored sugar thingies.  Their web site says they are gluten free as to several other sites.  But some of the packaging says they are processed in a facility with wheat etc.  But other packaging says they are processed in a facilty with eggs, soy, etc, everything BUT wheat.  It all depends on what store brand I am looking at (such as Target, CVS, Price Chopper, etc.)  If it says wheat on it I don't buy them but otherwise I will pick up a bag every 2 or 3 months.


I ask because I have been munching on these the past couple of days and today my intestines are rumbling something awful and I feel generally yukky.  The only things different in my diet are the smarties and Utz sweet potato chips which clearly say "This is a gluten free food" on the bag


Any thoughts?  Is the label just a cyb kind of statement or should this be taken seriously.  The ones I am eating do not mention gluten so I don't think that could be the problem.  But I can't imagine what else it could be.


Anyone Have A Problem With Xanthan Gum?

14 June 2013 - 02:16 PM

I have been feeling terrible all week, loose stools, abdominal cramping, yukky stuff.  I have looked and relooked at everything I have been eating and I can't find anything that could have gluten.  Everything is lableled gluten free or assumed to be gluen free (bananas, apples, corn, spinach, etc.)


The only culprit I can think that may possibly be making me feel like this are the new cookies I bought, Glutino's fake vanilla oreos.  They are very yummy but do contain xanthan gum.  In the past I thought I may have had a problem with xantham so I limited it as much as I could.  Maybe I would have it once in a week with the chicken marinade.  But I have been eating 2-4 of these cookies a day all week.


Because xanthan gum is used in so many baked gluten-free products and I never hear of it being a problem I wonder if it is or isn't.  I read on one web site it can be used as a laxative, but another one said it is safe with no side effects.  (by the way if it makes a difference I have a definite problem with sorbitol)


So I'm looking for your "experiences" with xanthan.  Anyone find they cannot tolerate it?