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Is There A Program That Weeds Out The Bad Stuff

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You've already got one. It's called your brain, and the connection is your eyes. :lol:

 

Seriously, did you read Karen's post? You can go into a store and pick up two identical packages of the same product, but if one came in last week's shipment and the other in this week's, the ingredients might be different. Companies change their "recipes" all the time, depending on price and availability of ingredients. That's why it is vital that we read the ingredients on every package, every time.

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http://www.shopwell.com/mobileapp

 

This app allows you to put in ingredients that you can't have and you scan the bar code to see if it contains gluten or whatever.  It's better at "this item has this" vs "this item doesn't have this" but it is helpful and speeds up the shopping process if you are technologically inclined or if you just aren't sure what an ingredient really is.  It flags "artificial flavorings" as having gluten sometimes, which may or may not be true, but I'd rather play it safe.

 

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutrition.asp

 

You can check ingredients on this site.  Probably not the best way but it has over 300,000 foods on there so it's at least one place to get most of your information vs going to website after website.

 

Neither of these are perfect but both are helpful.

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Gluten and soy free together is a tough one. Probably the easiest way to do it is to buy basic whole foods (fresh fruits, veggies, meats, nuts, beans, eggs, dairy, rice, quinoa, etc.) and for treats, to buy stuff from a known safe producer. For example, if you want gluten free, soy free chocolate chips, Enjoy Life is free of the top 8 allergens and is gluten free.

 

 

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Actually I am not sure about a computer app but there is a smart phone app. Called shop well, you put in all your health issues. It doesn't have Celiac but does have Gluten intolerant, it's called shopwell. You use it with your smart phone and when you go shopping you scan the item skew bar and it tells you if it should be ok for you or not. Like stated above you still read labels but it takes alot of the questions out if you scan it and it comes up a def. no. 

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If you choose to use an app or one of the books like the Cecelias Marketplace gluten-free shopping guide  (http://www.ceceliasmarketplace.com/ looks like a sale right now), remember that they should be used as starting places only.  They can be helpful when you don't know where to start.  However, products and ingredients change at the drop of a hat, so you always have to read every label, every time.  

 

I have thought of a few products for you to check out that are gluten and soy free.  First one is King Arthur Flour's gluten-free line. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/glutenfree/ I really feel they are amongst the best gluten-free flour/mix products out there, and the when I contacted them in October 2013, they told me their whole gluten-free line is also free of the top 8 allergens, including dairy.  You may want to write them to double check nothing has changed, they have wonderful customer service and answer quickly, and will even give you baking tips and help.  They have a lot of good, well researched recipes to use with their mixes and flour blend, as well.

 

Another line that many people here like that is also soy free is Chebe.  (http://www.chebe.com/)  Their pizza crust is wonderful, Karen keyed me in to making it without the cheese in the dough... also their cheese bread is one of my guilty pleasures.  It is all made with a form of tapioca called manioc, and is actually based off the traditional brazilian bread.  They have recipes for all kinds of stuff to do with their mixes as well.

 

Other things in my pantry I see that have no soy.... Tinkyada pasta (In my opinion, the BEST gluten-free pasta) which is made with just brown rice.  Annies gluten-free white cheddar mac n cheese I see no soy on the ingredient list, so that may be worth researching.   Bush's beans, all of their stuff is gluten-free, good place to ask about soy as I see nothing on my can of pinto beans (http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/faq.jsp)

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Thank you guys for the suggestions, even if they weren't for me :)  I just went the total whole foods approach since I was sick of reading SOY on every ******* label. Good to know there are some allergen free things.

 

Is the Tinkyada in the pink bag?  Sounds familiar.....

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Thank you guys for the suggestions, even if they weren't for me :)  I just went the total whole foods approach since I was sick of reading SOY on every ******* label. Good to know there are some allergen free things.

 

Is the Tinkyada in the pink bag?  Sounds familiar.....

 

It is in all kinds of pastel/clear bag, different colors for each type of pasta.  But yes, that distinctive look is hard to miss.  Their lasagna noodles (best out there imo) are in a blue/lighter blue box of the same kind of design.  The plus side of them being whole grain and a little better for you is nice, too.

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You're welcome.  Do note that the tinkyada pasta, most of them are 1 pound bags.  A lot of gluten-free pastas are 2/3 that size, so check the price per ounce and it may not be as bad as it looks.  Walmart sells it, too, I want to say I usually buy it at whatever store for 3 something per package.  I may be wrong, though, I tend to just throw the gluten-free stuff in the basket and ignore the shelf tag for my own sanity, LOL!   :unsure:

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Gluten and soy free together is a tough one. Probably the easiest way to do it is to buy basic whole foods (fresh fruits, veggies, meats, nuts, beans, eggs, dairy, rice, quinoa, etc.) and for treats, to buy stuff from a known safe producer. For example, if you want gluten free, soy free chocolate chips, Enjoy Life is free of the top 8 allergens and is gluten free.

Im on a fruit and Veg diet now, have never felt this good in my life. I do a Veg wash on all the produce that comes in to wash off that soy wax and other nasties.

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So.........for years I recorded everything I ate trying to fix my diet, & stave off diabetes, and lose weight & failed miserably, In the end I did lose 25lbs & 6" and pretty much maintained that. I haven't followed my diet in that manner for a couple of years. Just wondering if there are any APPs that help track your diet, help ID gluten products etc etc.........anything of use that people recommend?

 

Felix

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