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Member Since 13 Oct 2012
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Is Cake Shortening Gluten Free?

20 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

Yesterday I bought a decorated birthday cake. One of the letters was wrong, so I carefully scraped it off and without thinking, stupidly licked the knife.  Sure enough, this morning I have a full-on gluten reaction, which is very severe for me and usually means 5 days in bed.  Oh joy.  


I called the baker out of curiosity, as I'm only 18 months into being Gluten Free and still learning (and still hitting myself about the head occasionally, when I do dumb stuff like this).


The icing contained two things that I think may have been the problem -- vanilla flavoring (not extract) and cake shortening.  I know some vanilla flavorings are made with barley malt, yep, did that one already a couple of times about a year ago.


But I have no idea about Cake Shortening, what is it, and does it contain gluten?


Thanks for reading my post  :D

Solaray Astaxanthin Is Not Gluten Free

27 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

I emailed Solaray to ask if their Astaxanthin (1mg, 2mg or 4mg) is Gluten Free.


They responded telling me to call their "Nutritional Products Helpline" (800) 227-6063.  They wrote... "please note that we cannot respond to your inquiry unless you call".


So I called their Helpline... talked to "Sue"... and was informed "that product is NOT certified Gluten Free".


Not sure why they couldn't just say this in an email, but... good to know!