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Kathleen Elizabeth Strawn

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So my husband's only known about the celiac for a couple of months... I had heard crab meat may have gluten so when we went to sushi there was a tuna/crab roll and I just poked out all the crab for him and he ate it like that. Today he has had really awful diarreha... I'm kind of confused because I don't know if it was the crab...I thought it was 1/8th a tsp of flour can make you react right? well i really don't think I left an 1/8 tsp of crab on the roll. Also, he is one who did not always react to gluten by bad bathroom experiences, that would come and go so I was wondering, once you start to heal and you then accidently ingest gluten, are the reactions worse and quicker to spot? thanks for your help!

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So my husband's only known about the celiac for a couple of months... I had heard crab meat may have gluten so when we went to sushi there was a tuna/crab roll and I just poked out all the crab for him and he ate it like that. Today he has had really awful diarreha... I'm kind of confused because I don't know if it was the crab...I thought it was 1/8th a tsp of flour can make you react right? well i really don't think I left an 1/8 tsp of crab on the roll. Also, he is one who did not always react to gluten by bad bathroom experiences, that would come and go so I was wondering, once you start to heal and you then accidently ingest gluten, are the reactions worse and quicker to spot? thanks for your help!

For most people, the answers are yes, and yes. It need only be a measly crumb of gluten to set you off, unfortunately. I once get a very mild glutening (not the diarrhea kind) from a poorly washed coffee cup, and I'm not particularly sensitive.

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So my husband's only known about the celiac for a couple of months... I had heard crab meat may have gluten so when we went to sushi there was a tuna/crab roll and I just poked out all the crab for him and he ate it like that. Today he has had really awful diarreha... I'm kind of confused because I don't know if it was the crab...I thought it was 1/8th a tsp of flour can make you react right? well i really don't think I left an 1/8 tsp of crab on the roll. Also, he is one who did not always react to gluten by bad bathroom experiences, that would come and go so I was wondering, once you start to heal and you then accidently ingest gluten, are the reactions worse and quicker to spot? thanks for your help!

If he had the regular soy sauce, it has wheat in it. Also, it could've just been a bit of bad fish. Some celiacs can be sensitive to iodine in fish although I'm not sure it would cause diarreha, maybe cause a skin reaction.

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We can't just remove the gluten ingredient from a cooked food and consider it safe. There is no just eating the top from a pizza or the innards of a pie, or eat around the croutons on a salad, for example.

If you absolutely have to go out to eat plain meat, steak or chicken with no seasonings other than salt and pepper you apply at the table are a good choice, but do ask them to use a clean and seperate pan. Plain veggies or a baked potato to go with it also cooked seperately with no sauces or seasonings.

Also Imitation Crab is usually made with wheat so it is an item we can't have. Just pulling it out of something does not make that something safe. Everything else in the roll was contaminated by the imitation crab.

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Yeah, this is a contamination issue. The "1/8 tsp" thing doesn't really hold up for anyone I know. I've been glutened from pots that have had wheat pasta cooked in them before. There wasn't 1/8 tsp. of flour in those either.

Also, as someone else said, soy sauce will have wheat in it unless you buy special gluten-free soy sauce. Eel sauce does too (SOB). Oh, and fish roe. I think it's marinated in soy sauce or something. AND most miso soup at restaurants (though you can find gluten-free miso, I buy it in dried form at the grocery store and make my own).

Sushi's usually pretty safe but you still have to be careful.

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He didn't have regular soy sauce, or any of those other things, and it definitely wasn't food poisoning so it must have been the crab.... thanks for all your help everyone, it is making much more sense!

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Krab, with a K, has wheat in it.

Goto the local grocery store and pick up a package of artificial crab, it lists wheat.

When we go for Sushi we always order real King Crab meat, the fake stuff will cause problems, real crab will not.

Get some Tamari, its wheat free and our Sushi place actually keeps it for us on the shelf so we don't have to haul it back and forth.

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Let's emphasize MUCH more strongly here -- you cannot just pick out the gluten ingredients and then eat. You can't take the skin off the fried chicken, remove the meat from the pasta, or eat ANYTHING tat you know for certain has touched gluten. I don't need to be rude, but KES, your husband really needs to educate himself much, much more about this.

richard

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hi, , It was the crab -- or should I say surimi which is pollack and other types pof fish waste packed with wheat starch and flavoring.

99% of all imitation crab in the US as wheat starch in it. Had to research this 2 years ago for a American culinary federation magazine

story. There are very few small companies in Hiroshima that make the imitation crab without wheat. Real crab meat that you pull out of the leg is fine but unless I'm doing the pulling or know the chef very very well, I wouldnt eat anything with crab.

good luck!

He didn't have regular soy sauce, or any of those other things, and it definitely wasn't food poisoning so it must have been the crab.... thanks for all your help everyone, it is making much more sense!

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Sorry for reviving a dead thread but i just wanted to say i got the sushi restraunt to bring forward the ingredient list from the imitation crab they buy and it did not have any gluten or starch or may contain gluten or anything so im not sure if they just dont list it or maybe imitation crab nowadays is gluten-free? I also live in canada if that changes anything

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This thread is over 5 years old... That being said, there are imitation crab products that are available, those that I have seen, clearly list that they are gluten free.  Progress is a GREAT!

 

Thanks for reviving an old  Derp Tyler.  Up dates are wonderful.

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