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    Twelve Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Gluten-free Diet

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      Learn to avoid these twelve common mistakes can ruin your gluten-free diet.


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    Celiac.com 07/19/2018 - Maintaining a gluten-free diet can be an on-going challenge, especially when you factor in all the hidden or obscure gluten that can trip you up. In many cases, foods that are naturally gluten-free end up contain added gluten. Sometimes this can slip by us, and that when the suffering begins. To avoid suffering needlessly, be sure to keep a sharp eye on labels, and beware of added or hidden gluten, even in food labeled gluten-free.  Use Celiac.com's SAFE Gluten-Free Food List and UNSAFE Gluten-free Food List as a guide.

    Also, beware of these common mistakes that can ruin your gluten-free diet. Watch out for:

    1. Watch out for naturally gluten-free foods like rice and soy, that use gluten-based ingredients in processing. For example, many rice and soy beverages are made using barley enzymes, which can cause immune reactions in people with celiac disease.
    2. Be careful of bad advice from food store employees, who may be misinformed themselves. For example, many folks mistakenly believe that wheat-based grains like spelt or kamut are safe for celiacs. Be careful when taking advice.
    3. Beware of cross-contamination between food store bins selling raw flours and grains, often via the food scoops.
    4. Be careful to avoid wheat-bread crumbs in butter, jams, toaster, counter surface, etc.
    5. Watch out for hidden gluten in prescription drugs. Ask your pharmacist for help about anything you’re not sure about, or suspect might contain unwanted gluten.
    6. Watch out for hidden gluten in lotions, conditioners, shampoos, deodorants, creams and cosmetics, (primarily for those with dermatitis herpetaformis).
    7. If your child has celiac disease be sure to avoid Play-Doh because it contains wheat flour.
    8. Be careful about hidden gluten in toothpaste, lipstick and mouthwash.
    9. Be careful about common cereal ingredients, such as malt flavoring, or other non-gluten-free ingredient.
    10. Be extra careful when considering packaged mixes and sauces, including soy sauce, fish sauce, catsup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc., as many of these can contain wheat or wheat by-product in their manufacture. Be especially careful about gravy mixes, packets & canned soups.
    11. Even some brands of rice paper can contain gluten, so be careful.
    12. Lastly, watch out for foods like ice cream and yogurt, which are often gluten-free, but can also often contain added ingredients that can make them unsuitable for anyone on a gluten-free diet.



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    Hey all, I worked for an envelope manufacturer about 10 yrs ago and I will say that reaction or no reaction to the glue, please don't lick envelopes. The glue isn't really regulated and there is some gross stuff in it....mostly from things crawling around in the warehouse.

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    20 hours ago, JG27 said:

    Hey all, I worked for an envelope manufacturer about 10 yrs ago and I will say that reaction or no reaction to the glue, please don't lick envelopes. The glue isn't really regulated and there is some gross stuff in it....mostly from things crawling around in the warehouse.

    I can not even imagine...ugh! Thanks for he heads up!

     

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    I was just sampling horchata flavored ice cream in a grocery store, and the sample lady assured me it was gluten-free and that she fully understood how important it was.  I ate it, felt the diffuse abdominal pain that happens to me when I'm glutened.  Went and looked at the container, and sure enough, there was wheat in there.  Not sure why, as there weren't cookie/brownie/cake bites, and nothing else that normally indicates wheat ingredients, but yes...that ice cream was, in fact, full of gluten.  

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    Really sad that you are promoting the myth that envelope glue contains wheat. This is a very old piece of misinformation that has been proven to be false many times over. It brings into question the credibility of all of your "news" when you promote something so blatantly untrue. I suggest a retraction.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.


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