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Hi,

I have read this message board for years and finally registered. My fiancee has celiacs and I am always trying to learn more so that I can cook a variety of things for him.

I had read on here that Hillshire Farms Kielbasa was safe to eat. When I got to the store, there were several types by Hillshire Farms and I wasn't sure what to get or if it mattered. I bought the Polska Kielbasa. Well, a few minutes after eating the meal, his stomach was going nuts. :( The rest of the ingredients in the meal he had had before and I knew they were fine.

Has anyone else gotten sick eating this sausage? Or did I pick out the wrong one....

Thanks!!! :)

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Although I'm the one with celiac, my fiance's stomach goes nuts too when we eat Kilbasa. It's something he didn't eat for the longest time and when he did, his stomach yelled at him. I know processed meats (like sausages), red meats and sodium kill my fiance's stomach (mainly because he has his own dietary restrictions as well). Maybe it's the same thing with your husband, especially if it's been a while since he's had it?

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Most sausage/kielbasa/hot dogs do this to my stomach even though they are gluten-free. DS also has Celiac and can eat all of the above and be fine and he is super-sensitive.

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I eat the turkey ones all the time without a problem, so it probably is something else. Could it have been CC (with pans/spoons, etc.)? I never eat hotdogs for this reason - they give me headaches and tummy aches - think it's the nitrates.

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Hillshire farms is owned by Sara Lee. They have a very good labeling policy. If there is wheat, barley, rye or oats in a product, it is clearly marked on the label. They do not hide it in natural flavors or anything like that. The label off of the product will be the best guide on whether the product is gluten-free or not (formulations change all the time). There is no hidden gluten.

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We used to eat kielbasa up until it upset my stomach. I think some brands are fine, while others are not. I think the one that did it was Hillshire, but to be honest, I haven't even picked it up since the last time.

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We use to get the Hillshire Farms Beef. Sometimes my stomach hurt but I believe it was from the oil/grease. The sodium also got to me. We use to make mac and cheese with the little smokies but same thing. We stopped buying this mainly because of trying to eat better, we maybe buy it couple times a year or less.

There is Johnsonville. I have not tried them yet but they label gluten free on the ingredients label and on their website if you look at the ingredients it will say gluten free if it is. They even have recipies on their website and how to cook the different products.

Good Luck

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Thank you all for your responses!

I think it could be that my fiancee hadn't tried kielbasa in at least 10 + years. And I remember now that my brother (who does not have any dietary restrictions) would not eat kielbasa because it would really upset his stomach. The meal I made was pretty greasy and meat filled. I ate it and was fine but I don't have celiacs and I have the stomach of a goat (or so I am told). :D

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Try the turkey polska kielbasa (if you are willing to risk it). My mom doesn't eat red meat, and both of us have sensitive stomachs. We both have issues with garlic and onions and other foods with a high sulfur content, which sausage can sometimes have. I cannot eat regular sausage at all. The turkey version is less greasy and salty, and both my mom and I tolerate it well.

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Hi,

I have read this message board for years and finally registered. My fiancee has celiacs and I am always trying to learn more so that I can cook a variety of things for him.

I had read on here that Hillshire Farms Kielbasa was safe to eat. When I got to the store, there were several types by Hillshire Farms and I wasn't sure what to get or if it mattered. I bought the Polska Kielbasa. Well, a few minutes after eating the meal, his stomach was going nuts. :( The rest of the ingredients in the meal he had had before and I knew they were fine.

Has anyone else gotten sick eating this sausage? Or did I pick out the wrong one....

Thanks!!! :)

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Does anyone know if the hillshire farms beef little smokies are gluten free?

Yes! http://gomeat.com/pr...ed-sausage.aspx

Edit: Oops....I pulled up the regular little smokies. Here's the info for the beef:

Ingredients:Beef, Water, Corn Syrup, Contains 2% or Less Of: salt, potassium lactate, Natural flavors, Dextrose, sodium phosphate, Monosodium Glutamate, sodium diacetate, Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), Sodium Nitrite.

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I think their ingredients have changed. This is what I just pulled up:

 

Polska Kielbasa
Ingredients:
ingredients: Meat Ingredients (Pork, Beef), Water, Corn Syrup, CONTAINS 2% or less of: Salt, POTASSIUM LACTATE, Dextrose, Natural Flavors, Isolated Soy Product, isolated soy protein, Monosodium Glutamate, sodium diacetate, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, Sodium Nitrite.
CONTAINS: SOY

 

However, Dextrose and Natural Flavors can both contain wheat. Also, people with celiac can be sensitive to MSG. And there are people who have allergies to Nitrates.

 

So, even if the dextrose is made from corn instead of wheat, and even if the natural flavors don't contain wheat, and you're okay with soy, what your stomach may be going nuts over is the MSG or the nitrates.

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My gluten-free hubby can safely eat sausage that is clearly marked gluten free.  But I can not.  First,  it has garlic (intolerant), and second,  I can not digest anything with a casing.  Give me a hot dog (and I will barf it up).  Been that way since I was a kid.  No matter the brand — organic, natural, whatever!    It is not the nitrates because bacon goes down fine.  

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I wrote Hillshire Farms questioning whether or not the rope sausage is gluten free. Here is its straightforward response:

 


Thank you for contacting us regarding our Hillshire Farm Sausage Ropes. It is always a pleasure to hear from our consumers.

Our Nutritional and Labeling Department related that federal regulations require that "GLUTEN FREE" be called out on the label/packaging ONLY if products are truly gluten free. If there is no indication of gluten free anywhere on the package/label it is safe to assume that the product in question is NOT gluten free.

Thank you again for your comments and for the compliment you pay us by using our items. Please be assured that we are committed to producing quality foods for you and your family.

Best Regards,

Brianda
Consumer Relations

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