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Llicking Envelopes?

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is there Gluten? i just sent out [2 hours ago] a bunch of cards for my moms 80th b-day I'm planning, now I'm getting stomach pains?

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yes, I have heard that there is gluten in envelope glue. I always use tape. Hope you feel better!

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I have heard that they do have gluten and that they don't--so many times that I honestly don't know what to believe. I personally choose to play it safe and not lick envelopes. If my husband isn't around, I use a wet, wadded-up paper towel. Does the job, and disposable. The next time I'm at Wal Mart, and I'm thinking about it, I plan to buy a glue stick. (Been meaning to do that for a while now :ph34r: ) Betty, I hope they didn't make you sick--you have a party to plan :o

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thanks cassidy and patti, yup, I'm getting stomach pains and grumbling :huh: its just such a habit!

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That was my first big NO NO ............. Then came the communion wafer. I learned fast to be careful. I think envelopes do have gluten in the glue cause I got sick fairly fast.....

mamaw

hope you get better fast

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I don't lick 'em and I don't lick stamps either. Actually had to ask a stranger in the post office the other day to post my stamps, so I could mail! He actually asked if I was avoiding gluten, because he had read that they use flour in the adhesive! I was so surprised he knew!

In a total pinch with no strangers in the post office, I lick a finger to wet the stamp and wash my hands asap.

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I got glutened somehow this week. I've been trying to pinpoint the cause without any good ideas, until I saw a mention of the glue on envelopes and stamps on a show on tv that discussed Celiac disease. I posted mail on Tuesday and Wednesday both. :o I licked 4 envelopes. It's enough to make me feel really ill!

I thought I'd post to this topic to bump it up the list for others that may not be aware. I never guessed that there was gluten in them!

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It's a myth. It's gross to lick them. I always use a little piece of wet paper towel. Dr. Oz had someone on the show that wasn't any kind of expert on Celiac and he made several mistakes.

here's one article

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/celiacdiseasefaqs/f/EnvelopeGlue.htm

Answer: No, there is no gluten in envelope glue, according to the international Envelope Manufacturers Association. The Association's website says: "Remoistenable adhesives are derived from corn starch and do not contain wheat or rye gluten."

http://gluten-freeliving.blogspot.com/2011/03/dr-oz-mixed-up-on-gluten-free-myths.html

http://gfcentral.com/?cat=10

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It's a myth. It's gross to lick them. I always use a little piece of wet paper towel. Dr. Oz had someone on the show that wasn't any kind of expert on Celiac and he made several mistakes.

here's one article

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/celiacdiseasefaqs/f/EnvelopeGlue.htm

Answer: No, there is no gluten in envelope glue, according to the international Envelope Manufacturers Association. The Association's website says: "Remoistenable adhesives are derived from corn starch and do not contain wheat or rye gluten."

http://gluten-freeliving.blogspot.com/2011/03/dr-oz-mixed-up-on-gluten-free-myths.html

http://gfcentral.com/?cat=10

Yup Ditto on the Envelopes.....not a worry, but still yucky.

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The Dr Oz show is the one I saw. They're running repeats all summer.

I got glutened from something, so when I wasn't able to figure it out..the envelopes made sense.

I guess I have a bit more detective work to do? :huh:

I believe I saw the Dr. Oz Show about Celiac Disease (a portion of his show). His script was dated, inaccurate and he had no business spouting professional knowledge on a subject his staff had not researched adequately! I certainly expected better. :angry:

Gluten can be a mischievous kind of thing. Sometimes, we never can pin point the source. But, it keeps us on our toes though! And that's a good thing. :)

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It's a MYTH! there is NO Gluten in envelope of stamp adhesive!

...although the paper for the envelope might not always be able to claim gluten free status, at this point. Some paper products are now using wheat pulp rather than tree pulp. :blink:

It's not very prevalent in the paper industry, but it seems to be slowly growing as a market. I'm seeing it pop up a little now in eco-friendly or 'green' paper products, because wheat pulp doesn't cause deforestation. A common labeling convention for these is something like 'made from post-agricultural products' or 'wood-free,' although this can also indicate pulp from sugarcane and other farmed plants, as well. Often, the package won't say specifically which plant was used.

I've seen napkins, paper plates and containers, and a few regular paper products using wheat straw, at this point.

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I remmeber seeing the Dr Oz show last Wednesday, he had another Dr on there and I can't remember his name. But they both said that it was a proven fact that envelopes had gluten on them in the paste.

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Niether Dr Oz or that other doctor are Celiac specialists. They aren't GIs or immunologists. They aren't chemists who work with glues. They have no reason to really know what its made of. They were just going on some old old info that is incorrect.

I posted these earlier in this post.

http://celiacdisease...nvelopeGlue.htm

Answer: No, there is no gluten in envelope glue, according to the international Envelope Manufacturers Association. The Association's website says: "Remoistenable adhesives are derived from corn starch and do not contain wheat or rye gluten."

http://gluten-freeli...free-myths.html

http://gfcentral.com/?cat=10

There is a big envelope manufactuer here in town. I don't have time this week as I am moving a kid to college. I'll try and talk to them next week. Might be able to speak with the person incharge of "glue".

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They got me too. I have problems with processed corn products, but not corn on the cob. Since envelope glue is basically a processed corn product, I guess it makes sense.

Edit: I should state that I am sensitive to extremely low amounts of cc, hence the processed corn problem.

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I remmeber seeing the Dr Oz show last Wednesday, he had another Dr on there and I can't remember his name. But they both said that it was a proven fact that envelopes had gluten on them in the paste.

They're wrong. Period.

richard

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A very inexpensive solution.

Walk, bike, drive, to the Dollar Store. Buy one of those envelope pens that has a sponge at the tip and holds tap water in the hallow chamber.

Like this cheap idea? Then mail me a thank you note that you've sealed with that pen.

LOL

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