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Hello everyone,

I just relaized that I need to get tested asap for Celiac Disease. I have the rash on my fingers, the gas, stomach pain from anything wheat and sugar related.  even when eating a clear diet, I get symptoms. One thing That might be the culprit is this tea from Taiwan and china. I tutor a Chinese lady, that is always giving me exotic teas. When I go to her house she has 3 kinds of tea ready. Im curious.. Tea is a plant just like oats, wheat etc.. Has anyone else heard of green tea or Chinese tea causing symptoms? The Chinese can be very easily insulted so if I refuse to drink the tea when I go over there I might hurt her feelings.

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On 7/10/2017 at 9:34 AM, Aluviel said:

Hello everyone,

I just relaized that I need to get tested asap for Celiac Disease. I have the rash on my fingers, the gas, stomach pain from anything wheat and sugar related.  even when eating a clear diet, I get symptoms. One thing That might be the culprit is this tea from Taiwan and china. I tutor a Chinese lady, that is always giving me exotic teas. When I go to her house she has 3 kinds of tea ready. Im curious.. Tea is a plant just like oats, wheat etc.. Has anyone else heard of green tea or Chinese tea causing symptoms? The Chinese can be very easily insulted so if I refuse to drink the tea when I go over there I might hurt her feelings.

Sorry, I missed your posting.  I think Ennis answered it well on your second posting.   Tea is normally gluten free, but can get cross contaminated.  Plain brands like Lipton are fine.  To be extra safe, consider a Gluten free certified brand like Republic of Tea.  

Chinese tea.  I would be very wary.  First, some Chinese tea contains barley which is a gluten source.  Second, celiac disease is not well known in China or other Asian countries.  I would not drink tea offered by my Chinese or Japanese American friend's parents.  They just do not get celiac disease.   Consider  bringing your own tea to share or just politely decline and blame your stomach (hands placed on your belly).  

If you want to get tested for celiac disease, you must be on a gluten diet daily for 8 to 12 weeks before a blood draw or the tests which check for antibodies will be invalid.  

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/screening/

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With the exception of Barley tea, tea, like coffee is naturally gluten free.    Barley tea is actually rare in China, it is more common in Japan and Korea, and it is more often served cold.  

Tea is serious business in Asia countries.   Tea plantations specialize in their specific type of teas, and take pride in its purity (I have visited tea plantations before in Asia, very massive and very green, pretty sight to look at).  High quality teas are pure.   I drink both the green tea and barley tea served cold during the summer (my daughter has celiac, not me).   Any self respecting Green tea will not contain Barley tea, or vice versa, because they each have distinct flavors, and different colors.   

Now, you mentioned your Chinese lady served you  "exotic" teas , so I don't know what "exotic" means, sometimes, they add certain fragrant flowers into the tea leaves, or it could means it grows in an unique region, which makes the tea exotic, you should find out or just say "no, thank you".

" 大麦茶 " is the Chinese word for Barley tea, you can ask your student if her exotic tea includes this. 

 

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21 hours ago, gluten-free-Cheetah Cub said:

With the exception of Barley tea, tea, like coffee is naturally gluten free.    Barley tea is actually rare in China, it is more common in Japan and Korea, and it is more often served cold.  

Tea is serious business in Asia countries.   Tea plantations specialize in their specific type of teas, and take pride in its purity (I have visited tea plantations before in Asia, very massive and very green, pretty sight to look at).  High quality teas are pure.   I drink both the green tea and barley tea served cold during the summer (my daughter has celiac, not me).   Any self respecting Green tea will not contain Barley tea, or vice versa, because they each have distinct flavors, and different colors.   

Now, you mentioned your Chinese lady served you  "exotic" teas , so I don't know what "exotic" means, sometimes, they add certain fragrant flowers into the tea leaves, or it could means it grows in an unique region, which makes the tea exotic, you should find out or just say "no, thank you".

" 大麦茶 " is the Chinese word for Barley tea, you can ask your student if her exotic tea includes this. 

 

  I knew that barley tea was popular in Japan (worked for a Japanese company), and I just assumed it would be popular in China too.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge of teas!  Makes me want a cup right now!  ?

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41 minutes ago, Victoria1234 said:

These guys http://thedailytea.com/wellness/gluten-in-tea-say-what/

say you might get gluten in the adhesive they seal tea bags with.

personally, tea that I've had really agrees with me. In fact I'm going to go brew a cup!

Well...I have not come across a wheat sealed bag yet.  I think that is a internet myth, but I could be wrong.  This author writes about teas.  She has DH/celiac.  

https://www.verywell.com/is-tea-gluten-free-562355

The OP should be wary if she can not communicate well with her hostess and she can not see the original packaging for herself.  

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1 hour ago, Victoria1234 said:

These guys http://thedailytea.com/wellness/gluten-in-tea-say-what/

say you might get gluten in the adhesive they seal tea bags with.

personally, tea that I've had really agrees with me. In fact I'm going to go brew a cup!

First....let's use some common sense ... if you made glue with wheat....what happens to wheat when wet, especially hot and wet?  It dissolves. Hmmmm...that would not work too well for tea!

second , we have had tea manufacturers explain that modern tea bags are heat sealed.  This does not involve glue.  It basically melts the two pieces of "paper"into one.  

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10 minutes ago, kareng said:

First....let's use some common sense ... if you made glue with wheat....what happens to wheat when wet, especially hot and wet?  It dissolves. Hmmmm...that would not work too well for tea!

second , we have had tea manufacturers explain that modern tea bags are heat sealed.  This does not involve glue.  It basically melts the two pieces of "paper"into one.  

It certainly would be a nasty slurry.

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