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Trader Joe's Products

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I regularly shop in Trader Joe's- I'm in there at least once a week getting milk (for the kids) and eggs so I buy a lot of their products: crackers and cereals for my kids, canned fish and nuts for all of us. I've found that their brands are far cheaper than equivilent products sold in other stores- and it's convenient for me to shop there since I'm there so often anyway.

I've noticed that some of their products have gluten-free ingredients but just about everything in the TJ's own brand lists "made in a facility that also processes wheat". Are any of these products (corn chips, ginger snaps, vitamins, etc) safe for me to use?


Ruth, single mom to DD1, 14, DD2, 113, and DS, 7

Kosher, low carb (since 6/3/07), gluten free (since 11/15/07), dairy free, mostly legume (incl. soy) free since 2/7/08. Now on the Blood Type Diet (type O) which includes cutting out corn as well. I have fibromyalgia and this diet is helping me feel better.

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I eat alot of Trader Joe's and it's never made me sick...I follow the same thought as the previous poster. If it Says "manufactored in teh same facility as wheat" then I will try it, if it makes me sick I won't eat it again.

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i'm pretty sensitive and as long as it's just made in the same facility, and not the same equipment, i'm generally okay. i've never gotten sick from TJ's products that are made in the same facility. They have gluten-free ginger snaps that are good, dark chocolate covered raisins, soup bowls, popcorn (in a black bag) and lot's of other goodies. I buy most of our snacky stuff from TJ's because they have good prices and the quality is good also.


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I've only had a reaction from brazil nuts from TJ's. I don't know if it was CC or that I'm sensitive to them. I'd never purchased them shelled before & always stopped after eating one or two from the shells, because it is so difficult to get the nut out. This time I had quite a few & I really suffered.

I haven't purchased any other shelled nuts from TJ's, so I don't know if I would react. I've been hesitant to try.

Other than that, I've been fine with their products.


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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I've only had a reaction from brazil nuts from TJ's. I don't know if it was CC or that I'm sensitive to them. I'd never purchased them shelled before & always stopped after eating one or two from the shells, because it is so difficult to get the nut out. This time I had quite a few & I really suffered.

I haven't purchased any other shelled nuts from TJ's, so I don't know if I would react. I've been hesitant to try.

Other than that, I've been fine with their products.

My guess would be that you're reacting to the nuts themselves. The nuts come with a "made in a facility that processes peanuts and other tree nuts" not a "made in a facility that processes wheat" warning. I've been eating TJ's almonds and pecans for months.


Ruth, single mom to DD1, 14, DD2, 113, and DS, 7

Kosher, low carb (since 6/3/07), gluten free (since 11/15/07), dairy free, mostly legume (incl. soy) free since 2/7/08. Now on the Blood Type Diet (type O) which includes cutting out corn as well. I have fibromyalgia and this diet is helping me feel better.

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My guess would be that you're reacting to the nuts themselves. The nuts come with a "made in a facility that processes peanuts and other tree nuts" not a "made in a facility that processes wheat" warning. I've been eating TJ's almonds and pecans for months.

Oh, OK, thanks for the info. I had thrown out the package and taken out the trash before my reaction started. The next time I went to TJ's the brazil nuts were out of stock and I just never followed through again.

I hate finding other miscellaneous problem foods though.


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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I regularly shop in Trader Joe's- I'm in there at least once a week getting milk (for the kids) and eggs so I buy a lot of their products: crackers and cereals for my kids, canned fish and nuts for all of us. I've found that their brands are far cheaper than equivilent products sold in other stores- and it's convenient for me to shop there since I'm there so often anyway.

I've noticed that some of their products have gluten-free ingredients but just about everything in the TJ's own brand lists "made in a facility that also processes wheat". Are any of these products (corn chips, ginger snaps, vitamins, etc) safe for me to use?

Hi-

I too have Fibromyalgia. I looked at your food journal and if I may, I would make one suggestion that may help you...it has helped me...cut out nightshade vegetables which are white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. They contain a protein very similar to gluten and the body confuses this protein with gluten and produces an immune response. Also, have you read up on high oxalate foods? Cutting down on these has also helped me.

Nancy


Hip surgeries for chronic pain in glute muscles -1989

Sciatica and hip pain - 1991-1993, diagnosed with fibromyalgia - 1993

Diagnosed with Grave's disease - 1995, radioactive iodine - 1996

Gained 60 lbs., depression, low energy, terrible PMS - 1997-2000, diagnosed with PCOS - 2001

Diagnosed with Endometriosis - 2004

Stopped working from severe dizziness, eye pain and fatigue - Thanksgiving 2006

Diagnosed with Vestibular Neuritis caused by Fibromyalgia - 2007

Gluten free - September 2007

Diagnosed with Lyme, Babesia and possibly Bartonella - June 2008

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Hi-

I too have Fibromyalgia. I looked at your food journal and if I may, I would make one suggestion that may help you...it has helped me...cut out nightshade vegetables which are white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. They contain a protein very similar to gluten and the body confuses this protein with gluten and produces an immune response. Also, have you read up on high oxalate foods? Cutting down on these has also helped me.

Nancy

Which foods are high in oxalates?

I don't normally have white potatoes at all- but right now it's been harder for me to stick with a healthier, lower carb diet when I have lots of gluten-free goodies on hand for my daughter. I suppose I could cut out the peppers and tomatoes- they're the only nightshade veggies I eat regularly.


Ruth, single mom to DD1, 14, DD2, 113, and DS, 7

Kosher, low carb (since 6/3/07), gluten free (since 11/15/07), dairy free, mostly legume (incl. soy) free since 2/7/08. Now on the Blood Type Diet (type O) which includes cutting out corn as well. I have fibromyalgia and this diet is helping me feel better.

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