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Stash Tea says on their website that all their teas are gluten free, yet my celiac boyfriend had a reaction to Stash Chai White Tea which he added nothing to besides hot water. Has anyone else had a reaction to Stash Teas?

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Stash Tea says on their website that all their teas are gluten free, yet my celiac boyfriend had a reaction to Stash Chai White Tea which he added nothing to besides hot water. Has anyone else had a reaction to Stash Teas?

Does he have a soy intolerance or allergy? A lot of tea's have soy lecithin added as a dispersing agent.

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Does he have a soy intolerance or allergy? A lot of tea's have soy lecithin added as a dispersing agent.

I never thought about a soy intolerance. I know he's paranoid of soy because he read in a magazine that its messing with testosterone and making men more feminine. (I am not sure I agree with this).

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I never thought about a soy intolerance. I know he's paranoid of soy because he read in a magazine that its messing with testosterone and making men more feminine. (I am not sure I agree with this).

Start taking a look at the amount of soy in everything. It is in chocolate, many brands of nut milks, soups, broths, tea, syrups, etc, etc, etc,. It is in almost as many things as gluten. The one positive thing is that since it is one of the top 8 allergens, the FDA requires it to be clearly labelled. Though I have found a couple instances where I have had reactions that are my 'soy' reaction but the company denies it has any soy in it. Tazo 'Awake' tea is one. Halfway through a cup I started having a reaction to it. This happened more than once. They won't even respond to my inquiry so our family is done with the Tazo teas. And we drank a lot of it too.

I don't know about the validity of the feminine part, but I know there is more research showing that soy is not really that good of a protein to have, and possibly has some negative links to prostate cancer and does seem to impact testosterone levels. Actually the precursor hormones that are necessary to make testosterone are what are impacted in both genders, and there is some linkage with decreased estrogen levels in both genders as well. Both estrogen and testosterone are necessary hormones for men and women, it is the amounts and ratio that are at issue. Decreased estrogen levels in men can have significant negative effects on male body chemistry as well.

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I am a celiac and have been drinking Stash premium green tea for about a year now with no reactions.  I suspect people are right, it's not about gluten, but probably something else.  Good luck. 

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