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Mono And Diglycerides? Modified Food Starch?

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On one of the lists I got from this site, it says Colombo yogurt is ok(with no cookies or granola). I noticed it has modified corn starch. That's ok right?

We got shredded Kraft cheese in bag. It has Maltodextrin.That is ok in the USA,correct? Why are most shredded cheeses in a bag not ok?

Also, coffeemate artificial flavored creamer was on the "ok" list. It has artificial flavor. I assume this is ok since it is on the list? Why is flavored coffee not ok?

Also, some of the ice cream I like has Mono and Diglycerides in it. This is ok in the US, right? I love Friendly's Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream and that was the only questionable ingredient.

Thanks for any input. Sorry for so many questions! I called many companies and e-mailed many others about other products as well. My calcium with vitamin d had gluten in it! Bleh!!!!

I had Vans Waffles this am. They were good :) I have been gluten free for 24 hours. I just am so paranoid that I'm missing some ingredient and not reading labels right! You should of seen me at the supermarket with my STACK of papers on shopping gluten free. Took me 3 hours LOL. I hope I get the hang of this :rolleyes:

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Maltodextrin in the U.S. by law MUST say so if it's made from wheat. If it doesn't say wheat, it's gluten-free.

Kraft will clearly list gluten in the ingredients if a product has it, so all you have to do is read. Most shredded cheeses are in fact gluten-free; one brand of Mexican blend is the only one I can think of that has gluten. The fear used to be that companies used wheat flour to keep the cheese from sticking, but they usually use cellulose, which is gluten-free.

Modified corn starch is gluten-free. Modified food starch theoretically COULD be made from wheat, but almost never is. Starting in January, food companies will have to specifically list it if it's made from wheat (although packages made in 2005 could still be on the shelf).

I've never found an artificial flavor with gluten, but natural flavor could have it (although this is also very rare). Coffeemate is gluten-free.

In general, ice creams are gluten-free except the obvious flavors, like cookies and cream or Oreo. You should still make sure, but I know Breyer's, Baskin Robbins, Hagen Daaz, and Ben and Jerry's will clearly list any gluten.

richard

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Mono and diglycerides are soy-derived and gluten free.

The shopping will get easier. I like to have my cell phone with me and shop weekday business hours :)

Merika

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Hi there--Colombo Yogurt is gluten-free unless you find one with cookies in it or something--I love Colombo.

Like they tell you, modified corn starch is ok and Kraft does always lists its ingreds.

I never use Coffee Creamer, I always use milk so I cant help with that one.

There is flavored coffee and teas that contain gluten, so you must read their ingredients--ALWAYS! When in doubt, dont use it.

I have found most ice creams to be gluten-free too, except for the obvious.

Deb

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so----if a product says mono and diglycerides or modified food starch, do i have to call the company to be sure, even though it is rare that these things use wheat?

christine

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In the case of modified food starch, if you are dealing with a co. like Kraft (and others) that will list any gluten, the origin of the starch will appear right after modified food starch if it is wheat. If not, it is fine. The CSA Gluten Free Product Listing (2005) lists Mono-and diglycerides as "potential for gluten containing sources". Any time I'm not sure, I call the company. It gets a lot easier. At the beginning, I called a lot of companies, but after almost 7 months I only need to do it occasionaly like if I am trying something new. If you're not sure, don't consume it!

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The CSA Gluten Free Product Listing (2005) lists Mono-and diglycerides as "potential for gluten containing sources".

Hmm, didn't know that. I wonder how common it is? I've always avoided it for the soy contamination...

Merika

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Merika--This is the entire entry concerning Mono-and diglycerides from the CSA guide--"Manufactured by the reaction of glycerin with fatty acids or the reaction of glycerin with triglycerides in the presence of an alkaline catalyst. Potential for gluten containing sources". Are you as confused as I am? :huh:

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