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Does Anyone React To Pacific Organic Chicken Broth?

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http://www.pacificfoods.com/food/broths-stocks/broths/organic-free-range-chicken-broth.aspx

 

Mine lacks the "free range" title, but is otherwise the same. 

 

The only suspect ingredient is "chicken flavor"; they don't say much about that. 

 

This stuff seems to set me off, though it appears I have a fairly complex condition. 

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Define 'react', what were your symptoms?

 

I drank it semi-recently (a couple of weeks ago) when my boyfriend was sick. I made him soup with it, then bought the individual 4 pack so that I could just heat up broth in one of those cup/bowls for me to drink. (I didn't want to get sick - I figured broth might help) The first time I had it, no reaction. The second time I drank it, I kind of felt crampy and my stomach felt heavy, with slight nausea. I'm not really sure why...it's gluten/soy and grain free. It could have been the chicken flavor, yes. 

 

I then tried their vegetable broth, I don't remember having the same reaction - but it wasn't as good. (It was good when it was made into black bean soup, but not drinking it as is) Hrrmm. 

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Remember I was telling you about a simple congee that made me feel progressively worse when I repeated it in meals?

That was the main ingredient. Just tried another simple soup with it and had the same result.

Mild "glutening" symptoms in my book, as usual.

Just tracking down triggers...

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That's very strange. Well, it made me react but not as severely as I would have to a glutening. Very interesting. I had the same response as you, in the fact that the first time I had it there was no reaction.  Maybe if we email them they will disclose any other ingredients. 

 

I did seem to have better luck with their vegetable broth, if that helps.

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Yes, me too on the veg broth!

Interesting. I'm getting some gluten test strips. Maybe I'll run that product.

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I originally tried the chicken broth because I figured it would make more sense for fighting off a cold/other illness...but I tried their vegetable broth because I read a post online that said they verified that it was legal on the SCD diet. So, I figured hey...might as well grab it, it's very rare that I can buy things that are legal on that diet. If you compare the ingredients, you can see that the vegetable broth literally just uses vegetables or herbs, there is no "natural flavoring" or "vegetable broth":

 

http://www.pacificfoods.com/food/broths-stocks/broths/organic-vegetable-broth.aspx

 

I should have known better. I was so concerned with getting sick (as in a cold) that I didn't question the ingredients in the chicken broth. It was gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free, I figured it was enough. It was not. 

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Hi JD,

 

I haven't heard of any problems with this product.  

 

Considering your refractory status you may run into seemingly 'safe for Celiacs' products but are not suitable for you.  You may have to consider making broths and stocks from scratch just like sticking to whole foods.  I am thinking that you will need to find single ingrediant foods that work for you and use those to cook meals with.  Remember, we tell new Celiacs, no processed foods, simple diets etc. while you heal?  This will be you from now on, a brand new Celiac.  I know you know this, I just want to reinforce that idea with you.  You really don't have many peeps to compare notes with.  I'm afraid you will have to find your own individual path.  

 

If there is any support I can offer you just ask!   :)  I wish you well with your challenges!

 

Colleen

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Could it be another ingredients?  For example, some broths have mushrooms and some don't. Some might have peas and some not?  I know the mushroom thing because my SIL is allergic to mushrooms and I had to make sure to find a broth with no mushrooms.

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Hi Colleen,

 

Quite right—I am well on my own now on identifying triggers. However I still react to gluten too, so I'm interested whether others react to anything that is giving me trouble.

 

@Waitingindreams has some complex sensitivities too, so it's interesting to compare notes.

 

I am definitely transitioning to whole foods in absolution. It will take some time before I am in a position to challenge and identify triggers, but I'm looking for clues.

 

Thanks for your perspective—being a "back-to-basics" new celiac is definitely a good attitude for me.

 

 

Hi JD,

 

I haven't heard of any problems with this product.  

 

Considering your refractory status you may run into seemingly 'safe for Celiacs' products but are not suitable for you.  You may have to consider making broths and stocks from scratch just like sticking to whole foods.  I am thinking that you will need to find single ingrediant foods that work for you and use those to cook meals with.  Remember, we tell new Celiacs, no processed foods, simple diets etc. while you heal?  This will be you from now on, a brand new Celiac.  I know you know this, I just want to reinforce that idea with you.  You really don't have many peeps to compare notes with.  I'm afraid you will have to find your own individual path.  

 

If there is any support I can offer you just ask!   :)  I wish you well with your challenges!

 

Colleen

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I use this broth all the time and have never had a problem. Kind regards, IH

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I can confirm it is most certainly gluten-free—ran a GlutenTox strip on it.  :)

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Those sound like they're pretty handy to have around. Where did you get them, and how much if you don't mind me asking? :)

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About $70 for 5 strips.

 

What (I think) you can do is make a mash of your entire diet, and test it with a single stick.

 

http://glutentox.com/shop/

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Thank you! I don't think there's anything I really need/want to test, since my diet is so strict (if there is gluten in my lettuce I give up!! :huh: - lol) but this will definitely be something I keep on the back burner for future reference.

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About $70 for 5 strips.

 

What (I think) you can do is make a mash of your entire diet, and test it with a single stick.

 

http://glutentox.com/shop/

 

 

Then you wouldn't know what the problem food is.  So would you just eat nothing if one thing you were eating was positive for gluten?

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About $70 for 5 strips.

 

What (I think) you can do is make a mash of your entire diet, and test it with a single stick.

 

http://glutentox.com/shop/

 

You should only test one food at a time. A mash up of several food items is too many food proteins and you'd have no control factor.

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What I mean is I tested a combination of my diet foods in order to find ANY gluten among them, to begin with. I didn't suspect anything, so I started there. If the mash tested positive, I would have started testing individual foods.

 

Afterwards, I had a friend create a similar mash including a bit of straight-up bread, and ran the test. It caught the gluten in that context.

 

Those sticks are expensive... :)

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Those sticks are expensive... :)

wowzers!  $70 for 5?  i'd save those for special occasions ?   ^_^   would a food journal not work for this?  (and paper = cheap-o )  can you tell i'm a tightwad lolz  :lol:

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They're good for checking for cross-contaimination, and in my case, ruling out other causes for refractory disease.

 

Can sense down to 5 ppm.

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They're good for checking for cross-contaimination, and in my case, ruling out other causes for refractory disease.

 

Can sense down to 5 ppm.

o, i see - don't suppose your insurance would cover something like that?  like diabetics' glucose testing strips?  

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I imagine they well might! I have a bundle of related expenses to run against my Canadian tax return this year. Up here they require expenditures to surpass a certain percentage of income to qualify.

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