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starbucks claims they are gluten-free with a few exceptions.

why do i get a reaction when I go there?!?! I ordered a caramel latte with skim milk, and about 2 hours later i started feeling depressed bloated and confused.

i would swear it couldn't be anything else making me have this reaction. of course, i could have kissed my husband or picked up a crumb somewhere, but starbucks has made me sick before so it seems a likely culprit.

i think ive read here before that starbucks makes some people have a reaction, so is it just me?!?!

it seems im getting cross contaminated so often im starting to be afraid that im having a reaction to something other than gluten. maybe i just don't know my chemicals well enough, which is definitely a partial culprit.

i feel F%$King awful right now.

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What about dairy? I think I am reacting to it had a hot chocolate yesterday and rash went crazy. The only other thing I had was Pamela's cookies, and Trader Joe gluten-free curry chicken tenders with fresh organic veggies.

I am also going decaf.

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I've given up on starbucks...always have some sort of reaction when I go there :(


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Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

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Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

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I end up meeting a lot of customers at coffee shops for meetings.

I personally do not like coffee, but every Starbucks I've been into I've been told that they are not gluten-free by the manager/employee. Nothing that comes out of their equipment is gluten-free including the hot chocolate.

The local coffee shop in town I get the same a reaction and she has gone through everything they use and can find no trace of gluten, but I get sick even there.

There has to be some unlisted ingredient.

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I have always thought it was CC in the Starbucks. I have my own small coffee bar in my flower shop and I have had to give up coffee. It gave me tremors. It's not the caffeine as I have more of that now. I also found I was having a gluten reaction to some of my syrups. The company swears it can't be but I was reacting to the syrups with caramel coloring. They are made outside of the US but I couldn't find out where. When I stopped using those, I cleared up and no more reaction.

I don't know what you are reacting to but take it seriously. Even if you can't figure it out, just accept it and don't buy there any more.

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I LOVE starbucks. The only place I go anymore. Registered card give free syrup and soy, saves 90cents which really adds up. I get ToffeeNut Soy Latte. I used to have caramel sauce mochas and then i went to carmel syrup and found out there IS caramel coloring in most the syrups (caramel coloring is gluten, my body knew it). just ask to see the ingredients. the toffee nut is a clear syrup which i think is what makes it okay for me. Try it, it's awesome!!

Marsha

-self diagnosed gluten/dairy intollerant

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VERY confused here. What if you drink it black? From what I've learned, Starbuck's black coffee is gluten-free. Any thoughts?


Gluten Intolerant with double HLA-DQ6. Pre-diagnosis: Weight gain, swelling, diarrhea, mouth sores, back pain, body aches, fatigue, muscle weakness, BRAIN FOG, runny nose, recurrent sinus infections, bruising, low white cell count (whole life), and more. My feet were so bad, I could hardly walk. Toward the end: Chronic Vit. D deficiency (almost no D in my body despite a quality multi-vit. each day).

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Black coffee is gluten-free that is really not the issue. The issue is that there is a big chance for CC in a restaurant and for people that are ultra sensitive, even coffee can be a problem. I would think in Starbucks, black drip brew coffee would be the safest. If you have coffee there and don't react, then you're good. But some folks cannot feel well when they buy drinks there. It's an individual thing. The OP was searching for reasons for a reaction. I think we all are throwing out ideas to that problem.

I did not mean to imply that I personally had a gluten reaction to coffee. The tremors I was experiencing were different and they stopped when I stopped the coffee. My syrups did cause a gluten reaction which cleared up when I stopped using them.

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I LOVE starbucks. The only place I go anymore. Registered card give free syrup and soy, saves 90cents which really adds up. I get ToffeeNut Soy Latte. I used to have caramel sauce mochas and then i went to carmel syrup and found out there IS caramel coloring in most the syrups (caramel coloring is gluten, my body knew it). just ask to see the ingredients. the toffee nut is a clear syrup which i think is what makes it okay for me. Try it, it's awesome!!

Marsha

-self diagnosed gluten/dairy intollerant

Carmel coloring is gluten free in the US-- even if it is manufactured outside of the US it has to match US standards to be served in the US. So i wouldnt blame the carmel coloring. I go to Starbucks all the time and have no problem. Things that DO have gluten there is the Tazo Green Ginger tea, the vanilla in the shakers and sprinkles.


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Ditto for me too.

I've given up on starbucks...always have some sort of reaction when I go there :(

gluten-free since July 8, 2009!

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Carmel coloring is gluten free in the US-- even if it is manufactured outside of the US it has to match US standards to be served in the US. So i wouldnt blame the carmel coloring. I go to Starbucks all the time and have no problem. Things that DO have gluten there is the Tazo Green Ginger tea, the vanilla in the shakers and sprinkles.

Yep--I also go to Starbucks frequently, am super sensitive, and have not had a problem. I don't drink coffee, but I do get tea lattes a lot.


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Carmel coloring is gluten free in the US-- even if it is manufactured outside of the US it has to match US standards to be served in the US. So i wouldnt blame the carmel coloring. I go to Starbucks all the time and have no problem. Things that DO have gluten there is the Tazo Green Ginger tea, the vanilla in the shakers and sprinkles.

Thank you for the info about the vanilla in the shakers!


Gluten Intolerant with double HLA-DQ6. Pre-diagnosis: Weight gain, swelling, diarrhea, mouth sores, back pain, body aches, fatigue, muscle weakness, BRAIN FOG, runny nose, recurrent sinus infections, bruising, low white cell count (whole life), and more. My feet were so bad, I could hardly walk. Toward the end: Chronic Vit. D deficiency (almost no D in my body despite a quality multi-vit. each day).

There is hope! Gluten-free since Sept. '09, and I have my life back - I feel better than in many, many years!

Favorite quotation: "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Well, with Starbucks it is so hit or miss that I am kinda not into having coffees there anymore. I am actually glad that I am not the only one with this dilema. The latest was likely a peppermint soy mocha sans whip that got me. Im sick of that, so I just have chosen to only get tea or black coffee there!

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On 11/11/2009 at 11:57 PM, positivenrgfairy said:

starbucks claims they are gluten-free with a few exceptions.

 

why do i get a reaction when I go there?!?! I ordered a caramel latte with skim milk, and about 2 hours later i started feeling depressed bloated and confused.

 

i would swear it couldn't be anything else making me have this reaction. of course, i could have kissed my husband or picked up a crumb somewhere, but starbucks has made me sick before so it seems a likely culprit.

 

i think ive read here before that starbucks makes some people have a reaction, so is it just me?!?!

it seems im getting cross contaminated so often im starting to be afraid that im having a reaction to something other than gluten. maybe i just don't know my chemicals well enough, which is definitely a partial culprit.

 

i feel F%$King awful right now.

I was a firm believer that I couldnt have starbucks anymore when I had a reaction after drinking starbucks once. It also didnt make any sense to me as to why I felt so bad after drinking it espically because I would always get the same drink and I always felt fine with the exception for this one time. My brother works at Starbucks so I now know what is gluten free there and what isnt. All the coffees are and so are the syrups. They also have something else that arent syrups that are used to flavor the coffees and that could be why you didnt feel well after. Also after doing much research ive realized many people who have celiacs also go dairy free because dairy doesnt sit well with a lot of people who have this. I also know coffee doesnt always sit well with me so I dont drink it often anymore but if i do I always get almond milk with whatever drink i get. Lattes, Frapps etc.

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On 11/12/2009 at 6:51 PM, Lynayah said:

VERY confused here. What if you drink it black? From what I've learned, Starbuck's black coffee is gluten-free. Any thoughts?

I have had a reaction every time I have had a regular black coffee. I didnt put it together until just now, when I had been so good for so long. Suddenly all the bells went off and I realized starbucks black coffee (no matter the roast, and straight black) was the common denominator.

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