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Nevadan

Gluten Free & Casein

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...I guess the "mouth feel" of margarine is the largest difference, since it's thicker.

I've been toying with the idea of trying to whip up my own "margarine" stuff, like with olive/canola/corn oil and guar gum or something. Probably won't work otherwise they'd be making it.

It is made mostly out of soy, from what I remember, but at least there isn't casein. For the "mouth feel" of margarine, you might want to check out coconut oil or palm oil shortening (Spectrum makes one). Both are about the same consistency, I've heard. Let me know if you ever try the homemade margarine, that would be pretty cool.

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For what its worth,

I've been gluten-free for 8 years now (wow, that sounds like a long time)...

Anyway, recently I have been thinking that I have an additional allergy/intolerance.

My DH will act up even though nothing in my diet has gluten in it...at times, I have thought it could be alcohol (I seem to have DH flare-ups on Sundays/Mondays -- when I do drink, it is usually on Fri/Sat).

I don't really experience any "new" digestive problems (though I have begun getting heartburn for the first time in my life recently)...

Should I see an allergist or try to self-diagnose again? (my doctor is only good for Dapsone prescriptions, I know more than he does...seriously)

Thoughts?

p.s. Good to hear you are feeling better Michelle!!!

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Hey Broncobux :)

I would definitely look at the idea of possible food allergies. And I sure as ... wouldn't try to self-diagnose ;) Look at this link for really good info on food allergies: http://www.woodmed.com/FoodAllergy.htm

It talks about how difficult it is to determine which food is problematic and how food allergies affect you. Hopefully you will find it helpful :)

Before my food allergies were determined by blood test (ELISA) I had absolutely no idea that I even had any. I thought that maybe I was lactose intolerant, but that was it. (And this was before I was diagnosed with celiac disease - totally asymptomatic.) After removing the allergenic foods from my diet I saw all sorts of strange things happening - most noteworthy, my aches & chronic inflammation went away. I also don't have problems with mucus and all that other business. Recently, my tolerance to other things that I'm allergic to (dogs) has gone up :) (This is good because my boyfriend has a samoyed! Which, thankfully he doesn't keep at his house much anymore, but when he does.. it's a challenge ;) )

Okay (I'm on the run so I don't have time to make all the other comments I want to) - I better go!

Later!

- Michelle :wub:

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