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Is immitation crab a big NO- NO????

I have ALWAYS heard that it does contain gluten. What the offending form of gluten is, I don't know. (I live in the land of real crabmeat)


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

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Most imitation crab contains wheat flour and/or wheat starch to hold it together. One safe brand I know of is called leg a sea by Trident Foods.

Hope this helps.


-Colleen

Dx 8/05 via bloodwork and biopsy (total villous atrophy)

13-year old son Dx 11/05 via bloodwork and biopsy

Daughters (16 and 5) have tested negative via bloodwork

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Yes, its a big no-no.

generally made of surimi or processed fish with wheat binders to hold it together. This is true for all those Japanese things like kameboko, chikuwa and processed fish cakes.

There are some pure ones in Japan but hard to find anywhere else.

ken

Is immitation crab a big NO- NO????

"Ryo tatereba mi ga tatanu"

If we try to serve both sides, we cannot stand our own ground.

Japanese proverb

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AGGHHHGGHH--- I just ate sushi- of course with the crab- how else should you eat it (I dont do raw seafood)

I havent even been able to last 2 weeks on this no gluten thing. ( It was finalized 2 weeks on tuesday when i had an endoscopy)

I just want to cry (in between for running to the bathroom) - this just wont work out. Sushi is what makes me happy. : ( :(

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First of all, BREATHE. :)

Believe me, we've all been there...the diet can be overwhelming, especially when it seems like we can't eat our favorite foods anymore.

The key word there is seems! There is a sub. for everything...sushi is a piece of (gluten-free) cake! If you can't bring yourself to do the fish, there are plenty of vegetarian rolls- avacado, cucumber, etc. and if you have a favorite restaurant, talk to the chef and see what you two can work out that's safe for you. They might even make you special sushi with cooked fish. Don't forget your own wheat free soy sauce!

But the diet is a MUST for your health. Can you imagine running to the bathroom like you are now... every day of your life?

(((HUGS))) and feel better


Gluten Free since 10/07

Mildly Lactose Intolerant, slight intestinal symptoms after eating milk products, but easily corrected with lactase enzyme

Endometriosis- DX'd 5/07

Gluten Antibodies- "negative"...don't know exact numbers, am highly suspicious...

DXed celiac 12-19-07 via genetics/elimination diet- DQ2 allele

Brother with Celiac, aspergers...his tests were all negative (he didn't have genetics done), including endoscopy, but he definitely is at the least gluten intolerant...highly suspect my mother has it as well- she has hyperthyroid, fibromyalgia, hemochromatosis, and now colon cancer, and she has been weak and exhausted and just generally sick. She's going to get tested.

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First of all, BREATHE. :)

Believe me, we've all been there...the diet can be overwhelming, especially when it seems like we can't eat our favorite foods anymore.

The key word there is seems! There is a sub. for everything...sushi is a piece of (gluten-free) cake! If you can't bring yourself to do the fish, there are plenty of vegetarian rolls- avacado, cucumber, etc. and if you have a favorite restaurant, talk to the chef and see what you two can work out that's safe for you. They might even make you special sushi with cooked fish. Don't forget your own wheat free soy sauce!

But the diet is a MUST for your health. Can you imagine running to the bathroom like you are now... every day of your life?

(((HUGS))) and feel better

Unfortunetly I have been doing that (running to the BR) since NOVEMBER, so I've sort have gotten use to that, I dont know what its like to actually have to use the bathroom on normal bases. I am overwhelmed. To top it all off I am a full time Junior in college (just transfered to a new school- graduated from a 2 year a semester early) I work full time and ive had some major health problems going on. Soy sauce has wheat in it?? Haah- ill be dead by tomorrow if not in the ER from dehydration.

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check out the ingredients on a package of imitation crab the next time you're at the grocery store - you'll find wheat starch on the list.

some times you can get california rolls with real crab meat (it's not raw) that's also quite tasty, but it's very hit or miss where you can get that stuff.


Tiffany aka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?"

Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004

Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me

Bellevue, WA

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Good point,

I have brought my own frozen "real" crab meat to friends sushi places.

It's amazing what a good sushi chef can make with it in no time flat.

If you want to try something raw, try scallops and the tuna. They are not usually "fishy".

ken

check out the ingredients on a package of imitation crab the next time you're at the grocery store - you'll find wheat starch on the list.

some times you can get california rolls with real crab meat (it's not raw) that's also quite tasty, but it's very hit or miss where you can get that stuff.


"Ryo tatereba mi ga tatanu"

If we try to serve both sides, we cannot stand our own ground.

Japanese proverb

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Unfortunetly I have been doing that (running to the BR) since NOVEMBER, so I've sort have gotten use to that, I dont know what its like to actually have to use the bathroom on normal bases. I am overwhelmed. To top it all off I am a full time Junior in college (just transfered to a new school- graduated from a 2 year a semester early) I work full time and ive had some major health problems going on. Soy sauce has wheat in it?? Haah- ill be dead by tomorrow if not in the ER from dehydration.

tamari has a wheat free soysauce. you can find it at fred meyers and health food store


Whole family is allergic to Gluten, eggs, dairy, most are allergic to garlic. Few other various allergies.

Did you know it's best to wait until 21 months to give a baby wheat??

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Wal-mart's Great Value brand soy sauce is also gluten-free.

Fatcat, I kind of know what you mean about getting used to running to the bathroom. My problems came on gradually, and slowly worsened over the years. As a teen, I thought I just had a "nervous stomach." After the birth of my second child, it got worse... and worse... but I didn't really notice it much, that's just how it was.

But Celiac runs in my family, and when I realized one day that I hadn't had a "normal" bm in months, I knew something was wrong. I know this probably isn't what you experienced, but my point is--

Once you go gluten-free and start feeling better... you'll never want to go back. No matter how used to it you are, feeling better is, well BETTER. Being in college, this benefit is going to outweigh the inconvenience of the diet, especially once you get through the rough time in the beginning.

Not only will you not need to run to the bathroom all the time, but you'll likely find that you have increased energy, concentration, and focus.

Not to mention all the long-term problems you'll avoid by eliminating gluten. (Dental and bone issues, joint pain, infertility, cancer... and pretty much any organ can be affected since malnutrition will result from poor nutrient absorption.)

It is hard at first. No one here's going to lie to you about that. But as previous posters have mentioned, virtually any food can be substituted with a gluten-free option. It REALLY does get much easier with time. And it's worth it.


-Sarah

--Son, Lucas, age 7. Gluten-free since May 2007

--Son, Ezra, age 5. Gluten-free 10/13/07. Bipolar tendencies, massively improved on gluten-free diet! He's also allergic to a jillion antibiotics.

--My mother has Celiac Disease, dx'ed by Positive Blood Tests and Biopsy. Diagnosed Sarcoidosis 6/08.

--Myself, Gluten-free since 8/07

Time heals all hurt of heart... but time must be won.

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