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wilbragirl

Newly Diagnosed; Need Help

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I have followed a gluten-free-diet for about 10 days now, since I had a blood test that showed high glycogen content. Have an appt with a GI dr. in a few weeks. I am totally new to this, and am wondering, other than the obvious items shown on an ingredient list, what are considered "hidden" gluten foods?

Any helpers?

Any Vermonters?

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There is a safe foods list on this website. Go to home and scroll to the bottom. You will see a link labeled safe & forbidden foods. This will give you some idea of the names gluten can go by.

I think the biggest hidden issues are things like natural flavoring. You can't know if that has gluten, so you have to ask the company. Same thing with modified food starch. You will find that some companies won't hide gluten under the label of "modified food starch," and you may feel better reading that company's labels and knowing that the product is safe. Kraft is a company that doesn't usually hide gluten.

The other issue is whether things are made on dedicated lines. If the company makes a product with gluten and then makes a gluten free product, there may be gluten residue on the machinery. If you ask the company, they usually will tell you if they make the product on dedicated lines.

If you search this message board for foods & brands you use, you will probably find lists of safe products. The biggest thing is to always check the labels. Ingredients can change. People posting may not be correct. Good thing for the internet and email. I don't know how people figured this out before.

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