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Nuts Without Cross Contamination?

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We are about a month into our gluten free life after my youngest sons celiac diagnosis. We are having a hard time finding nuts (peanuts or cashews) that have NOT been processed in a facility with wheat. Are there any safe brands?

thanks so much!

Beth

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Nuts have never bothered me.

richard

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I think that nuts have bothered me, but it is hard to be sure what the source of gluten is, as you know. I buy them in the shell now. I try to get them from the source.

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I think that nuts have bothered me, but it is hard to be sure what the source of gluten is, as you know. I buy them in the shell now. I try to get them from the source.

I think you have a good idea buying them in the shells. All the shelled nuts I find in the store have been processed w/wheat and my son has gotten sick on more than one occasion from cross contamination on a food that was supposed to be gluten free but processed w/wheat....

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I think you have a good idea buying them in the shells. All the shelled nuts I find in the store have been processed w/wheat and my son has gotten sick on more than one occasion from cross contamination on a food that was supposed to be gluten free but processed w/wheat....

I sure get sick of shelling them though.

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I sure get sick of shelling them though.

Me too. :) I've never had issues with raw shelled nuts from Trader Joe's. TJs has many varieties and the other day I accidentally picked up the wrong package. When I got home I noticed they were dry roasted and made on the same equiment as wheat and soy - I never really have a positive outcome from stuff made on shared lines so I opted to send them to work with my husband.

Kroger also carries a line of shelled nuts (raw and in the produce dept I think) processed in a gluten-free facility. Costco raw nuts are also processed in a nut only facility (the ones in the bags). The roasted nuts in the jars in the snack section are processed on shared equipment so if that bothers your son you might want to steer clear of them.

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Nuts have definately bothered me--Diamond Walnuts comes to mind--their shelled walnuts are made on equipment that also processes wheat.

I like the ones from Kroger that Janet mentioned--the ones at my location are from the Poindexter Nut Company and carry a gluten-free processing statement.

Another company that has safe almonds and walnuts is Mariani Nut Company.

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What is the brand that Kroger carries in the produce section? Our Kroger carries one brand usually, but sometimes, there are others around. Do they say gluten-free or does the ingredients list just not have wheat. I'm desperate for some nuts other than Almonds. I miss my pecans. I quit them back in the early days of gluten-free when I heard about cross contamination and have been too paranoid to give them a try and too lazy to call the company.

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What is the brand that Kroger carries in the produce section?

At my Kroger, the brand is Poindexter Nut Company. They have almonds and walnuts in one pound resealable plastic bags that state they were processed in a peanut and gluten free facility in a white stripe across the back.

The last time I was there, I saw bags of pecans too, but I was in a hurry so I'm not 100% sure they were by the same company but they looked identical.

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i have a possibly silly question:

would a vigorous washing of the purchased nuts reduce the risk of cross contamination?

thanks

(ps please let me know of any companies that are nut-only facility and sell macadamia, pecan, or pine nuts as those are the only ones i can eat!)

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I have gotten worse from eating nuts. All the packages do say processed in a plant that processes wheat. I do not know if it is cross contamination or the nuts themselves that I react to. I just know that my diarrhea gets worse.

I am avoiding wheat, dairy, soy and eggs so really ate lots of nuts for the calories. I really can't afford to lose more weight as I have already dropped four sizes. Some people tell me I look so good. I guess I should be thankful that I don't look as bad as I feel.

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I have gotten worse from eating nuts. All the packages do say processed in a plant that processes wheat. I do not know if it is cross contamination or the nuts themselves that I react to. I just know that my diarrhea gets worse.

I am avoiding wheat, dairy, soy and eggs so really ate lots of nuts for the calories. I really can't afford to lose more weight as I have already dropped four sizes. Some people tell me I look so good. I guess I should be thankful that I don't look as bad as I feel.

Nuts can be hard on your digestive track if you are not healed yet. Give it some time and maybe try them again later (almonds are a good source of calcium when you are dairy free). Some ways to keep your weight up would be pasta dishes (tinkyada is my favorite gluten-free pasta), rice, potatoes, and protein from chicken and beef. Earth balance just came out recently with a dairy & soy free margarine spread that would help with your pasta, rice and potatoes to give them flavor and more calories for you. Hope you get feeling better soon!

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Can someone answer the original question?

I would guess that no one has an answer to the original question.

richard

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I would guess that no one has an answer to the original question.

richard

I had at least a couple of ideas--in posts #7 and 11 of this thread. I said:

I like the ones from Kroger that Janet mentioned--the ones at my location are from the Poindexter Nut Company and carry a gluten-free processing statement.

Another company that has safe almonds and walnuts is Mariani Nut Company.

I spoke with a man from Mariani nuts who told me they have no gluten in the processing facility.

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I had at least a couple of ideas--in posts #7 and 11 of this thread. I said:

I like the ones from Kroger that Janet mentioned--the ones at my location are from the Poindexter Nut Company and carry a gluten-free processing statement.

Another company that has safe almonds and walnuts is Mariani Nut Company.

I spoke with a man from Mariani nuts who told me they have no gluten in the processing facility.

Thank you Patti

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ok no one answered me about the vigorous washing so i tried it - no good. unless i react to walnuts themselves but i think it was c.c. (they were diamond walnuts). buying in the shell next time!!

but wouldn't that still be risky if they ran on a line with grains or anything? i guess i'll go with poindexter or somewhere that's gluten-free facility

aaahhhh :)

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ok no one answered me about the vigorous washing so i tried it - no good. unless i react to walnuts themselves but i think it was c.c. (they were diamond walnuts). buying in the shell next time!!

but wouldn't that still be risky if they ran on a line with grains or anything? i guess i'll go with poindexter or somewhere that's gluten-free facility

aaahhhh :)

Well, thanks for trying and reporting. I honestly didn't know if washing would help or not. Diamond Walnuts (shelled) got me, too :angry:

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I have tried washing too. It seems to work if the item isn't very gluten contaminated to begin with, but you have to wash with soap and very carefully.

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I recently bought and have eaten Planters '100% Natural Harvest' almonds. The ingredients are almonds and sea salt. Their disclaimer is 'manufactured on equipment that processes peanut, other tree nuts.' That's it. Planters is a Kraft company - and Kraft reportedly always discloses gluten sources. I have noticed a lot of other nut labels that say 'may contain traces of wheat' or 'processed on equipment that also processes wheat, peanuts...' Start with Planters and read the label.

Here's a link to Emerald/Diamond about gluten on their FAQ page (http://www.diamondnuts.com/products/faq/index.php#q_7) It says:

"Within the Emerald Premium Snack line, four products contain gluten. They are Emerald Honey Dijon Glazed Walnuts 'n Cashews, Emerald Backyard Grill Glazed Walnuts 'n Almonds, Emerald Honey Roasted Peanuts, and Emerald Dry Roasted Walnuts."

I was a little confused by some discrepencies between Emerald's statement above and their current product list. When I emailed them they sent me the following list of Emerald products that DO contain gluten:

Emerald Honey Dijon Glazed Walnuts 'n Cashews

Emerald Backyard Grill Glazed Walnuts 'n Almonds

Emerald Honey Roasted Peanuts.

Emerald Chocolate Brownie Walnuts.

Emerald Dry Roasted Walnuts.

Emerald Wasabi Dry Roasted Peanuts (website has a Wasabi Oven Roasted Peanuts

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Thank you Stacy! :)

I bought the Planters '100% Natural Harvest' almonds at either Giant Eagle or WalMart - I don't shop at fancy expensive places...

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"Costco raw nuts are also processed in a nut only facility (the ones in the bags). The roasted nuts in the jars in the snack section are processed on shared equipment so if that bothers your son you might want to steer clear

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