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I am new to the whole reading labels and want to create a list of the most common things to look for when reading labels.. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks.


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A list of companies that has a clear gluten policy. If you don't see "wheat, rye, barley, barley malt, oats" on the labels, its not there, or hidden in "flavors, starches, etc." http://www.glutenfreeindy.com/foodlists/index.htm This makes shopping MUCH easier.

FDA foods are required to list wheat - it cannot be hidden.

Rule #1: Never eat anything without reading the label first.

Rule #2: Consistently check labels, even of your favorite products, as product formulations can change.

Rule #3: If you are unsure of an ingredient, or the company's policy on labeling, call the phone number on the back of the product or email the company.

Hope this helps.

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Happy Girl covered reading ingredient lables very well. Below are two additonal food buying strategies that I use:

1) "Less is Better" I prefer products with the fewest ingredients. Example one brand says "Pinto Beans and Water" and the other brand "Pinto Beans, Water and Natural Flavors". I pick the first one.

2) If I can not identify all the ingredients on a product I either put it back on the shelf or buy it and contact the company before using it.


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Gluten Free - 30 years

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Walmart's Great Value brand has Gluten-Free on the label if the product is indeed gluten free. That has helped me a lot and I will purchase that brand over others just for that fact.


Amy

1989: I am diagnosed with IBS.

3/08: 8-year-old son diagnosed with Celiac (blood test and biopsy) and allergies to corn, egg whites, soy, peanuts, walnuts, wheat, and clam.

6/08: My Celiac test is negative.

7/08: I go completely gluten free despite negative test and NO MORE IBS SYMPTOMS!!

7/09: My Enterolab gluten sensitivity gene testing results indicate I have one Celiac gene and one gluten sensitivity gene.

8/09: I am diagnosed with Celiac based on gene testing results and positive response to diet.

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