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Glutened By Spices?

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Hi,

I'm curled up in a ball, clutching my stomach, and thinking of just moving the sofa into the bathroom so I don't have so far to run. I've been glutened...for sure. And the only thing I can think of (although I admit I could be wrong) is that I have been adding a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to my tea for the last few days for some flavour. I wrote to the company (McCormick) to ask about the gluten situation in their cinnamon and nutmeg and got a reply that basically said (summary)..."we use only pure ingredients, but we change our recipes alot so we don't bother putting the ingredients on the label (HUH?), and we require that our processors maintain clean contaminant free factories.

Anyone have this type of reaction to McCormick's ground spices? Can anyone recommend a safe brand?

gotta run

Gabby

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hi iread on the food download you can get from this site that some of mccormics spices have gluten in them so i stay away and buy tonis and spice world are good.

i too am sat next to my bathroom and have been since yesterday morning i feel really tired having a bad night too and i dont know what i got into either, i am so careful the only thing i can think of is the lays chips i had which i know get produced on same lines as gluten ones i didnt think it would matter but i guess i was wrong. at least thats all i can think it is, like you you sit wondering what made me sick today ,ayway hope you feel better soon liz

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McCormick is the brand we usually use for cinnamon and nutmeg without trouble. I just made pumpkin cake Sunday using McCormick cinnamon and nutmeg both (the cinnamom is a new bottle) and no specific problems; though, hubby has been glutened over the last few weeks by another source so it is possible that that might mask a reaction to the McCormick. However, we have used it long term in the past without incident.

I know it is very frustrating to find a mystery gluten source. We just figured out what was causing the rounds that my husband had over the last few weeks. It was the charcoal used during grilling at work. Made perfect sense since he had acute reaction after every grilled meal at work. The charcoal never even crossed our minds. I just happened to come across a statement that Kingsford uses gluten as a binding ingredient and viola the mystery was solved.

I hope you figure it out and so sorry you are having to struggle with being glutened.

Tammy Moore

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Hi,

I'm curled up in a ball, clutching my stomach, and thinking of just moving the sofa into the bathroom so I don't have so far to run.  I've been glutened...for sure.  And the only thing I can think of (although I admit I could be wrong) is that I have been adding a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to my tea for the last few days for some flavour.  I wrote to the company (McCormick) to ask about the gluten situation in their cinnamon and nutmeg and got a reply that basically said (summary)..."we use only pure ingredients, but we change our recipes alot so we don't bother putting the ingredients on the label (HUH?), and we require that our processors maintain clean contaminant free factories.

Anyone have this type of reaction to McCormick's ground spices?  Can anyone recommend a safe brand?

gotta run

Gabby

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My suggestion to you is this; go to a health food store and buy the spices that are not mixed. These are the raw spices that are ground or not.They will probably have them in bags they put them in because they buy them in bulk. I have used raw spices like that for years. This is because many you get in grocery stores are mixed with MSG. and other junk though they don't say it because they say it as "and other spices" or "assorted spices." For seasoning salt I use paprika, salt, and white pepper,I have a cupboard full of natural ground unmixed spices because that is the only way I can be sure that I am not getting msg and gluten.

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McCormick pure spices are just that, the spice listed on the can. No msg or gluten or whatever. Some spice mixtures might sometimes have gluten but it's McCormick's policy to clearly list it if it's there.

richard

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Does MSG ever contain gluten? Or is it just something that you avoid? I've noticed that a ton of products contain MSG. Also, I've noticed that a lot of food packages have either "natural flavors" or "modified food starch". That's kind of vague-I wonder how often there is hidden gluten from those sources? Does anyone know from experience?

I've heard that there is a new law going into effect in January that manufacturers will have to list if there is any wheat in the product, so maybe that will help with the hidden culprits!

Lisa

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Thanks for the advice. I've never used fresh whole spices before (was too afraid for some reason). But I'll give them a try and see what happens. Just the thought of grating a whole nutmeg berry makes me feel good.

As for McCormicks spices....I'm hoping they really are gluten-free..because where I live (Toronto, Canada) their company supplies pretty much ALL the spice products in the grocery stores!

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Hi, idahogirl, MSG does not contain gluten. Some people might be sensitive to it but it does not have to do with gluten. Modified food starch and natural flavors might contain gluten. Those ingredients need to be investigated; the best thing to do is call the company and ask.

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I use only the green label McCormick spices in the small expensive jars. These ones are supposed to be the safest. It's too bad because Costco has the large less expensive Club House spices which are made by McCormick.

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