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Ruth Shober

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It is important for women to research the lipstick and cosmetics they use. I have to buy my lipstick at a healthfood store, it is clearly labeled 'Gluten Free'. Also, shampoo and hair styling products are a major source of gluten because wheat 'puffs up'the hair shaft. Aveda products especially. The glue in the rim of paper cups can also be a problem as the edge of the cup is rolled over and glued down. Hope this is helpful, took me years to be aware of these issues.

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1 hour ago, Ruth Shober said:

It is important for women to research the lipstick and cosmetics they use. I have to buy my lipstick at a healthfood store, it is clearly labeled 'Gluten Free'. Also, shampoo and hair styling products are a major source of gluten because wheat 'puffs up'the hair shaft. Aveda products especially. The glue in the rim of paper cups can also be a problem as the edge of the cup is rolled over and glued down. Hope this is helpful, took me years to be aware of these issues.

I'm sure your advice is well meaning, Ruth, but some of it is not true.  Lipstick most definitely, along with hand lotion, should always be gluten free....for obvious reasons.  Not all people need to screen all their make-up and hair products, though.  If you feel that you will ingest shampoo while washing your hair, then by all means make it gluten free. Ditto for make-up.  If someone has an additional allergy (topical) to wheat, then it would be prudent to make sure everything you use is gluten free. If you eat your make-up, that would be a reason to go gluten free.

Personally, I really don't like eating make-up.  I do not screen anything but lip and hand products and in 12 years, have healed nicely and have never, ever been glutened by make-up or shampoo. Believe it or not, this is not hard to accomplish.  Some people may feel more comfortable emotionally going completely gluten free and that is perfectly fine also but not necessary.  Whatever makes you comfortable in your daily life is really the bottom line.

As for those little paper cups, I use them all the time and there is no glue on the rim.  You cannot be glutened by a paper cup.  I am in no way trying to start an argument here but making the newly diagnosed afraid of paper cups in never a good thing to do. I also have never seen the the Celiac Disease Foundation warning us about paper cups. Please make sure your information comes from a reputable source.

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I agree with Gemini!  On all points.  I do try to have gluten-free shampoo because I seem to get I in my mouth.  It's not too hard - I just look for " wheat".  Lots of shampoos do not contain gluten.  

 

And I don't worry about paper cups.

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They do produce a biodegradable cup, plates, utensils, etc. now with wheat flour\starch. Doubt you will run into these in a public store, they are a specialty product for these eco freaks that thing should be edible/biodegradable.  I understand the hair product issue, I have long hair that can blow into my mouth or I move constantly with my hands. First few months gluten-free I was using a shampoo that used wheat protein in it.....took me awhile to learn that issue kept poison myself.

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5 minutes ago, Ennis_TX said:

They do produce a biodegradable cup, plates, utensils, etc. now with wheat flour\starch. Doubt you will run into these in a public store, they are a specialty product for these eco freaks that thing should be edible/biodegradable.  I understand the hair product issue, I have long hair that can blow into my mouth or I move constantly with my hands. First few months gluten-free I was using a shampoo that used wheat protein in it.....took me awhile to learn that issue kept poison myself.

What I have heard was that the paperware is made with straw, not the seed/ protein portion.  And something about the process makes it unlikely to get any gluten, even if eating the paper plate.  But they seem to be expensive, so I doubt gets used much.

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Funny story ediblejack, foodiespoon, and several other companies make edible utensil. While they do have a gluten-free line the primary lines all use  wheat. You might run into these market, party, sampling event, or have a foodie/ecocrazy friend who has them. I considered using the gluten-free ones for my bakery and sampling a few years back and did my research.

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