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Are All Nuts Gluten Free?

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Hello,

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 2 days ago, and am still learning about gluten free diets.

I was curious if ALL nusts are gluten free. Also, does anyone have any advice on purchasing nuts and dried fruits from the store that are in barrells. I was wondering if the "scoopers" would be cross contaminated?

Thanks,

Mike

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if only it were that easy... ;) no, not all nuts are gluten free unfortunately. Many dry roasted nuts or flavored nuts contain gluten, so u should always check on that (found that one out the hard way). Plain nuts *shouldnt* contain gluten, but yes, cross contamination is generally a risk. My rule of thumb with those bins is that i will eat things from them if everything around them is safe (like anything that was likely to fall in the same bin as my nuts). But thats just my opinion- some people will avoid them altogether b/c of the risk. As for dried fruit, i only eat raisins now b/c all other dried fruit makes me ill - still cant figure that one out! But i think most are gluten free as long as they are not dusted with flour. Anyway, welcome to the board!

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Yea Setf is roght, if you found PURE nuts that had nothing added they would be gluten-free.

The bluk bins you describe are to be avioded in most cases, CC risks there are very high.

I get all my dried friut in the pre-packaged bags from companies that are safe, like Sunmaid (everything they produce is gluten-free fomr gluten-free factory). Its much easier and safer then any of those bins. Oceanspray dried fruit is gluten-free too.

All pure fruits with nothing added should be gluten-free.

CC is ALWAYS a risk, you just have to measure how mcuh of a risk is acceptable to you. :D

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no, not all nuts are gluten free. I have found bags of nuts that either contain wheat in the coating, Or are processed in a plant on the same lines with gluten containing products...

there are some companies that do have gluten free nuts, you just have to do your research before buying them. If you are lucky enough to get raw nuts from a local farmer, those theoretically should be completely safe (as long as the farmer doesn't also grow wheat and doesn't dust them with flour or anything)...

Publix grocery store sent me a list of all their Publix brand products that they consider to be gluten free, and their nuts were on the list... YAY! I think that Planters has some gluten free nuts too, again, contact the company when there is any doubt.

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Roasted nuts can contain gluten. I would stay away from nuts in barrels with scoops since the risk of cross contamination from other products would be quite high. If you're looking for some nuts, I've eaten Planters nuts with no problem.

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Thank you all very much for the help. I appreciate it !!

Do any of you eat apple crisps? I looked at the ingredients, and didn't notice any gluten containing products. I figured that since they were made from apples, they would be ok. :unsure:

Thanks again,

Mike

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here's one generalization you can count on - you can't generalize. you can almost never say "are all X gluten free". the exception to that is produce, but otherwise, don't use generalizations like that. you have to check everything. most plain nuts don't contain gluten, but some people have found that some lines use wheat flour in the processing - call the company if you don't know it's gluten-free. flavored nuts are somewhat likely to have gluten - always read the label and/or call the company.

personally, I'm a fan of raw almonds from Trader Joe's. :-)

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When it comes to the bulk bins, I'm often more comfortable with the ones on the top row - you push a little lever thing instead of using a scoop. That way people aren't opening up the bins and reaching into it with possibly contaminated scoops or tongs as often. I get the whole organic almonds from one of the top bins at Whole Foods frequently and I've never had a problem with those.

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I was using the bins for cashews and almonds when I first started on an elimination diet 2 months ago, but I had an allergic reaction to something last month which I've narrowed down to 2 things: one of which was cashews I bought from a scooping bin. I don't think it was cross-contamination but just that they could have gone bad. I personally find it easier to just avoid the bins altogether and get sealed bags, which eliminates store cross contamination issues (could still have facility cc issues).

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