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Weird Ways We've Been Glutened

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Hello everyone,

I know this was stupid and I should have thought of it ahead of time but if it can happen to me maybe it could happen to other busy folks.

A co-worker brought in cherry tomatoes from his garden in a reused plastic grocery bag. I grabbed one out of the bag, rubbed it clean on my shirt and popped it in my mouth. A couple hours latter I'm wondering how I got glutened from cherry tomatoes. It had to have been whatever the bag was used for originally. All I can think of is how flour leaks out of those paper bags and gets all over everything.

Another good reason to stop using those plastic sacks and to wash my veggies!

Hope this helps protect someone else,

RA

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I'm only glten free while waiting for enterolab results, so I'm not truly confirmed celiac about 1.5 weeks into the diet and feeing great I made "the cravings place" allergen free cookies and a hot one fell off the sheet coming out of the oven and landed on the floor. I know I saw stuff all over the floor but I popped it in my mouth anyway.

Later I was really sick and I remembered doing that. And I was reminded that my sister made real cupcakes there a little before me and that "stuff" I saw on the floor must have been flour!!

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Mine's a real bonehead move! It was one of my first days on the diet and my first visit to Starbucks gluten-free. The person I was speaking to couldn't help me so after a long time hemming and hawing I just ordered a regular coffee. When I went to put cream & sugar into it I saw a vanilla powder and thought it would be nice to add a little flavour... duh! I sprinkled it on and could have kicked myself. After spending all that time trying to pick a drink I indiscriminately sprinkled on some random powder lol d'oh :rolleyes:

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So many butthead moves here- the latest one was REALLY wanting a fudgsicle, being really tired and not noticing "malt powder" at the end of ingredients.

That and shampoo or conditioner- so stupid!

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I have a short list:

1. vitamins. When I first started I was taking a multi and two days into gluten-free, I looked at the ingredients and it said "derived from wheat."

2. a banana bread lara bar OR the de-icer on the plane. I was going to HI and ate a larabar, once I was firly sure we would be taking off. We were delayed and, well... see the funny ancedotes thread

3. a box of rice chex. I had bought three on special (a 3 for deal) and didn't realize I had gotten one of the old boxes. I was halfway through it and wondering why the heck I was sick when I noticed. DUMB.

4. Teabags. Yep. I got glutened by tea. Always read the ingre3dients-- never assume.

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Eating grapes with freshly washed hands. The soap had vitamin E.

Picking up a bag of garbage with used birdseeds at the bottom. Woosh. Up with a plume of gluten in the face.

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I've had a few "duh" ones. One was friend offering some craisins from bag she had. Me knowing they are OK, I eat a handful. Not 1 minute after that, my mind thinks outside the box. She's eating fried food and reached in before me. Needless to say not long after it went a little downhill but recovered by the next day fully. When I inquired, she said "Oh yeah, I also ate some of my cheez-its before also when eating them". <_<

Other time was not long after I was diagnosed and still learning, and same friend offered some doritos. They weren't in bag (plastic baggy from home with some in it). I think "Doritos must be fine, corn chips and cheese powder". Eat a few. Learn the hard way. Reading online, fathoms me the original ones have wheat but most other ones didn't.

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At the hospital with a friend. There was a box of donuts and a pump type coffeepot on the table. She handled several donuts, then got her self some coffee. Then, I got some coffee, opened up my bag of gluten-free crackers and proceeded to eat them. Sick for 3 days - learned that donut crumbs can live on handles! It's a learning curve!

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Eating grapes with freshly washed hands. The soap had vitamin E.

Picking up a bag of garbage with used birdseeds at the bottom. Woosh. Up with a plume of gluten in the face.

I don't understand the concern about vitamin E - or is it just you?

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This isn't weird but it is stupid. Last Christmas I ate handful after handful of a delicious chocolate and peanut butter candy that was on the desk of a co worker. I assumed they were safe. I got very, very sick and when I checked out a bag of the candy at Walmart one of the first ingredients was wheat flour. I no longer assume!!

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I don't understand the concern about vitamin E - or is it just you?

A lot of Vitamin E comes from Wheat Germ. It also goes by tocopherol and tocopherol acetate. Many companies use other sources though. I call the company. I never thought about it in hand soap.

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Lisa16 - What is it about a Banana Bread Larabar that glutened you? I'm confused...is there something I should know?

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Lisa16 - What is it about a Banana Bread Larabar that glutened you? I'm confused...is there something I should know?

Hi, I am not Lisa but she was stating that she wasn't sure what got her. The Larabars are gluten free. No worries if you like them keep feeling safe eating them

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4. Teabags. Yep. I got glutened by tea. Always read the ingre3dients-- never assume.

I second you on the tea bags. They didn't happen to be the Tazo green ginger bags, did they? Best tea ever... and now I can't have it.

Also: salad dressing. I was an airhead and forgot to read the label, thinking "Caesar dressing should be safe..." WRONG. I paid for that one... big time.

And lastly, grapefruit shampoo.I wash my hair the morning after I buy it, thinking "Wow - this smells really good". I started to get sick later in the day and couldn't figure out why. I tell Adam, my fiance, and he says "Uhh... your shampoo clearly states "wheat"" (he is allergic to SLS).

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LOL - I was about to say...

larabars are my go-to snack, just in case I don't have time to make something from scratch, or if I'm going somewhere where I don't know where my next meal is or whether I'll be able to eat it!

:)

Thanks.

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I had a reaction after eating a cashew Larabar. The ingredients are cashews and dates. According to the Canadian Celiac Association, dates and other dried fruit may be dusted with gluten powder to prevent sticking. Something to consider when reading labels.

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