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saldwal

Besides The Obvious

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i have been gluten free for about a week now, finally started feeling better on day 6. lab results not back yet but not sure i care. besides avoiding the obvious, breads, pasta, beer, what else am i on the look out for? i printed the "unsafe foods" list which looked like mostly additives and at home i can check on most of those. so far so good. but is gluten know to show up elsewhere - like ice cream or potato chips, salad dressing? would appreciate any insight you have.

thanks

sally

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Well, it can really show up anywhere. Any food that has modified food starch is suspect until proven innocent. Some brands like Kraft will always label if there's gluten, but you really have to check on every one.

Soy sauce often has wheat.

Chicken/turkey may have broth added to "plump" it up.

Some doritos have gluten, Pringles have it (but Lays Stax do not).

I'd also check your kitchen - get a new toaster, wooden spoons/cutting board, strainer, any condiments that may have had a glutened knife dipped in it.

Then move on to your shampoos/makeup/lotions. There's gluten lurking in lots of those. You might want to consider tossing any lipsticks/chapsticks because it's likely you've eaten and then put them on and there might be crumbs lurking in them.

Pet food is another to check. I've never found a gluten-free fish or guinea pig food, but you can get gluten-free cat/dog/bird food.

It takes a long time to de-gluten an entire house. I'd just work on one area at a time and use this board as a resource. It's often much quicker to do a search on here than to call the company!

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i have been gluten free for about a week now, finally started feeling better on day 6. lab results not back yet but not sure i care. besides avoiding the obvious, breads, pasta, beer, what else am i on the look out for? i printed the "unsafe foods" list which looked like mostly additives and at home i can check on most of those. so far so good. but is gluten know to show up elsewhere - like ice cream or potato chips, salad dressing? would appreciate any insight you have.

thanks

sally

Hi Saldwal,

Just from what i'm aware of from the Irish Coeliac Site,

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Ice cream... Yes if it's caramel and it's derived from malt (barley)

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Potato Chips ... Yes if the flavours/spices are attached by Gluten (Glue as the name implies)

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Salad Dressing... Yes if it's blue cheese the mould maybe derived from bread.

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Spices ... Wheat starch may be used to provent 'clumping'

.

It's necessary to read all labels make yourself aware of what additives to look out for !

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Best Regards,

David

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i am in the united states.

is maltodexitrin ok? i see that in alot of stuff.

Hi Saldwal,

In response to your query re:Maltodextrin, this is what the Irish Coeliac Society Moderator

had to say to the very same query this side..

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These days maltodextrin is mostly derived from a wheat source, however the chemical process would render any gluten residue remaining less than 5ppm (parts per million) so it is considered safe for Coeliacs.

Gluten Free Food List Team

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Hope this puts you mind at rest.

Best Regards,

David

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In the US maltodextrin is general derived from corn. If otherwise, by law it would be required to list wheat if it is in the derivitive as Maldodextrin (wheat).

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