Wheat Wacker

Is It Possible To Wash Gluten Off Nuts?

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

I posted a few months back, I have a unique Situation. I'm a Tug Boat Captain working in Egypt, and I travel frequently, don't really have a home.

Obviously I face a pretty complex situation. thanks to some ideas from earlier post I have a pretty good system on board now. Basically I have all my own cooking equipment and do 100% of my own cooking. Thought I have taken every precaution I can think of and I'm fairly certain that I eat 100% gluten free, I still have symptoms. Was Diagnosed in Mar-10 and it's taken a while to really become aware of how vast the enemy really is.

I have narrowed down what I eat to two categories Raw, Fruits, vegetables, and meats that are washed and shouldn't contain gluten in any way shape or form. And packaged goods stating there gluten free or Brands I have researched and should be gluten free. Pretty basic.

Here's my questions?

1.If Gluten eaters heat bread in the microwave, then I heat my dinner in a plastic tupperware in the same microwave, is there some way cross contamination is happening through the air? I usually leave a corner cracked on the tupperware to allow it to vent?

2. It's hard to get anything I want to eat here, but it is possible to get bulk nuts through our food supplier? The problem is I'm worried about cross contamination? From the bag they come in or the scoop used to package them or the oven they where roosted in. Is it possible I can rinse the nuts thoroughly with water then allow them to dry to rinse any trace/chance of gluten off of then? IS this safe would it work. They Get Pistachios' Cashews, and mixed almonds, walnuts, misc nuts. It would be a huge addition to my diet to have these food assessable?

Thanks for any advice, you all have been really help full so far.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:

The microwave would not concern me at all. I don't know about the nuts.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree; the microwave wouldn't concern me. Although I am always cautious of putting my bread or whatever I'm heating on a napkin or something to keep it from coming into contact with anything that has spilled. Before I was gluten-free I would just toss it in.

I have no idea about the nuts, but now I am curious.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I just got sick from something last week, and am pretty sure it was walnuts. I have been thinking of washing them off and drying them in the oven or a frying pan on the stove to see if it fixes the problem. But so far I haven't tried it because I am in a very busy time at work and not sure I want to take the chance. I have read posts by some people on the board who wash their whole grains and dry them and then grind them into flour. Honestly I think it would work pretty well, just isn't a good time for me to try it so the walnuts are staying in the refrigerator for now.

I think a lot of the potential for cross contamination can come from shared packaging machinery. If you have ever seen them do it on TV, they use a big machine to dump the stuff through a chute into a bag and then seal it. And those packing machines can handle a lot of different size items, so they tend to be shared use.

I do find Planters nuts are generally safe as long as you read the label for allergens. The ones that got me are not Planters. Planters will use soy to cook some nuts, which is bad thing for me though. So I always check the labels on things to catch those things (when my brain is working).

I didn't notice if you are eating rice and quinoa? Those both seem to work pretty well for me. Quinoa does need to be washed well before cooking, 3 times actually. It has a soap-like coating on the seed that can irritate some people and it needs washed off. I put it in a screen colander and set that in a large pan full of water. Pick up the colander several times in each change of water and swish it around good. I let it set for a few minute to dissolve the coating also. By the 3rd time the water usually is mostly clear. So I give it a final rinse and good to go. Some people are very sensitive to that coating though and don't tolerate quinoa. I like it because it has more flavor than plain rice and more nutritional value. When you cook quinoa the little seeds unfold into a small curly que, which is normal.

And just to finish off this book, they lived happily ever after! :0

Fair skies and following winds Captain!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd say it's really unlikely you'll be able to wash the nuts off very well. Although you could try with soap and water, and wash every nut, maybe?

We had some contaminated pistachios (didn't know it at the time. They were just plain pistachios). For the recipe we made, they had to be washed, then soaked for 8 hours in water, and washed a couple more times with water. We did that - didn't scrub each nut or anything, but rinsed them multiple tims - and both my daughter and I were both very ill from them. Obviously, that's not definitive, but at least I can say that rinsing or soaking with water wasn't enough to de-gluten plain pistachios. :(

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:

I'd say it's really unlikely you'll be able to wash the nuts off very well. Although you could try with soap and water, and wash every nut, maybe?

We had some contaminated pistachios (didn't know it at the time. They were just plain pistachios). For the recipe we made, they had to be washed, then soaked for 8 hours in water, and washed a couple more times with water. We did that - didn't scrub each nut or anything, but rinsed them multiple tims - and both my daughter and I were both very ill from them. Obviously, that's not definitive, but at least I can say that rinsing or soaking with water wasn't enough to de-gluten plain pistachios. :(

Interesting. I've found soap necessary for grains. Nuts have a lot of nooks and crannies. If the level of contamination is high to begin with, washing might not work. Can you get nuts in the shell? They are time consuming to shell, but at least you will be pretty sure that they are safe.

I'd watch out for your processed gluten free foods. I am very sensitive and can't eat those.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm a bit confused. Where is the gluten coming from on these nuts? If most nuts are processed with other nuts.... I have been eating nuts and nut butters and I don't think they have any gluten hiding in them. I know there could be a flavored or covered nut that has odd ingredients in the coating. I do get some honey roasted and spicy peanuts but they don't have any gluten listed in the ingredients.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you all for the advice. The issue with the nuts is that I have know Idea where they come from? But it's pretty common here to see shops that sell a variety of different Items in bulk. The pistachios and Cashews come salted, the mixed nuts come plan. I just worry that there are to many unknowns and chances for them to get contaminated. I figured if the scoop used to package them contaminated them maybe a quick rinse would ride them of any excess product. I guess it would almost be a precaution as they may be gluten free? I just don't know. That's the hardest thing about this whole deal, you never know for sure. I just need a laser that you shine on food and it tells you if it's safe or not? or better yet a laser that you shine on food that transforms gluten. Until then it's back to do with out, do with out, do with out. sick of that and hard boiled eggs.

I was eating Quinoa, I love it but it's not available here, I brought some with me. I didn't know it needed to be washed and wondered about the foam that formed when I cooked it. Maybe that's been contributing to my symptoms? not sure? I will wash it as was suggested.

Thanks Dylan

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Who's Online   10 Members, 0 Anonymous, 395 Guests (See full list)

  • Top Posters +

  • Recent Articles

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/23/2018 - If you’re looking for a great gluten-free Mexican-style favorite that is sure to be a big hit at dinner or at your next potluck, try these green chili enchiladas with roasted cauliflower. The recipe calls for chicken, but they are just as delicious when made vegetarian using just the roasted cauliflower. Either way, these enchiladas will disappear fast. Roasted cauliflower gives these green chili chicken enchiladas a deep, smokey flavor that diners are sure to love.
    2 cans gluten-free green chili enchilada sauce (I use Hatch brand) 1 small head cauliflower, roasted and chopped 6 ounces chicken meat, browned ½ cup cotija cheese, crumbled ½ cup queso fresco, diced 1 medium onion, diced ⅓ cup green onions, minced ¼ cup radishes, sliced 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 cup chopped cabbage, for serving ½ cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes, for serving ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 1 dozen fresh corn tortillas  ⅔ cup oil, for softening tortillas 1 large avocado, cut into small chunks Note: For a tasty vegetarian version, just omit the chicken, double the roasted cauliflower, and prepare according to directions.
    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast iron or ovenproof pan until hot.
    Add chicken and brown lightly on both sides. 
    Remove chicken to paper towels to cool.
    Cut cauliflower into small pieces and place in the oiled pan.
    Roast in oven at 350F until browned on both sides.
    Remove from the oven when tender. 
    Allow roasted cauliflower to cool.
    Chop cauliflower, or break into small pieces and set aside.
    Chop cooled chicken and set aside.
    Heat 1 inch of cooking oil in a small frying pan.
    When oil is hot, use a spatula to submerge a tortilla in the oil and leave only long enough to soften, about 10 seconds or so. 
    Remove soft tortilla to a paper towel and repeat with remaining tortillas.
    Pour enough enchilada sauce to coat the bottom of a large casserole pan.
    Dunk a tortilla into the sauce and cover both sides. Add more sauce as needed.
    Fill each tortilla with bits of chicken, cauliflower, onion, and queso fresco, and roll into shape.
    When pan is full of rolled enchiladas, top with remaining sauce.
    Cook at 350F until sauce bubbles.
    Remove and top with fresh cotija cheese and scallions.
    Serve with rice, beans, and cabbage, and garnish with avocado, cilantro, and sliced grape tomatoes.


    Roxanne Bracknell
    Celiac.com 06/22/2018 - The rise of food allergies means that many people are avoiding gluten in recent times. In fact, the number of Americans who have stopped eating gluten has tripled in eight years between 2009 and 2017.
    Whatever your rationale for avoiding gluten, whether its celiac disease, a sensitivity to the protein, or any other reason, it can be really hard to find suitable places to eat out. When you’re on holiday in a new and unknown environment, this can be near impossible. As awareness of celiac disease grows around the world, however, more and more cities are opening their doors to gluten-free lifestyles, none more so than the 10 locations on the list below.
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S is a hotbed of gluten-free options, with four cities making the top 10, as well as the Hawaiian island of Maui. Chicago, in particular, is a real haven of gluten-free fare, with 240 coeliac-safe eateries throughout this huge city. The super hip city of Portland also ranks highly on this list, with the capital of counterculture rich in gluten-free cuisine, with San Francisco and Denver also included. Outside of the states, several prominent European capitals also rank very highly on the list, including Prague, the picturesque and historic capital of the Czech Republic, which boasts the best-reviewed restaurants on this list.
    The Irish capital of Dublin, meanwhile, has the most gluten-free establishments, with a huge 330 to choose from, while Amsterdam and Barcelona also feature prominently thanks to their variety of top-notch gluten-free fodder.
    Finally, a special mention must go to Auckland, the sole representative of Australasia in this list, with the largest city in New Zealand rounding out the top 10 thanks to its 180 coeliacsafe eateries.
    The full top ten gluten-free cities are shown in the graphic below:

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/21/2018 - Would you buy a house advertised as ‘gluten-free’? Yes, there really is such a house for sale. 
    It seems a Phoenix realtor Mike D’Elena is hoping that his trendy claim will catch the eye of a buyer hungry to avoid gluten, or, at least one with a sense of humor. D’Elena said he crafted the ads as a way to “be funny and to draw attention.” The idea, D’Elena said, is to “make it memorable.” 
    Though D’Elena’s marketing seeks to capitalizes on the gluten-free trend, he knows Celiac disease is a serious health issue for some people. “[W]e’re not here to offend anybody….this is just something we're just trying to do to draw attention and do what's best for our clients," he said. 
    Still, the signs seem to be working. D'elena had fielded six offers within a few days of listing the west Phoenix home.
    "Buying can sometimes be the most stressful thing you do in your entire life so why not have some fun with it," he said. 
    What do you think? Clever? Funny?
    Read more at Arizonafamily.com.

    Advertising Banner-Ads
    Bakery On Main started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened when his customers with Celiac Disease would mention the lack of good tasting, gluten-free options available to them. Upon learning this, he believed that nobody should have to suffer due to any kind of food allergy or dietary need. From then on, his mission became creating delicious and fearlessly unique gluten-free products that were clean and great tasting, while still being safe for his Celiac customers!
    Premium ingredients, bakeshop delicious recipes, and happy customers were our inspiration from the beginning— and are still the cornerstones of Bakery On Main today. We are a fiercely ethical company that believes in integrity and feels that happiness and wholesome, great tasting food should be harmonious. We strive for that in everything we bake in our dedicated gluten-free facility that is GFCO Certified and SQF Level 3 Certified. We use only natural, NON-GMO Project Verified ingredients and all of our products are certified Kosher Parve, dairy and casein free, and we have recently introduced certified Organic items as well! 
    Our passion is to bake the very best products while bringing happiness to our customers, each other, and all those we meet!
    We are available during normal business hours at: 1-888-533-8118 EST.
    To learn more about us at: visit our site.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/20/2018 - Currently, the only way to manage celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from the diet. That could be set to change as clinical trials begin in Australia for a new vaccine that aims to switch off the immune response to gluten. 
    The trials are set to begin at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre. The vaccine is designed to allow people with celiac disease to consume gluten with no adverse effects. A successful vaccine could be the beginning of the end for the gluten-free diet as the only currently viable treatment for celiac disease. That could be a massive breakthrough for people with celiac disease.
    USC’s Clinical Trials Centre Director Lucas Litewka said trial participants would receive an injection of the vaccine twice a week for seven weeks. The trials will be conducted alongside gastroenterologist Dr. James Daveson, who called the vaccine “a very exciting potential new therapy that has been undergoing clinical trials for several years now.”
    Dr. Daveson said the investigational vaccine might potentially restore gluten tolerance to people with celiac disease.The trial is open to adults between the ages of 18 and 70 who have clinically diagnosed celiac disease, and have followed a strict gluten-free diet for at least 12 months. Anyone interested in participating can go to www.joinourtrials.com.
    Read more at the website for Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre.


  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
    • Total Posts
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
    • Most Online

    Newest Member
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I live in a town with hy-vee grocery stores. If you go to their website https://www.hy-vee.com/meal-solutions/special-diets/default.aspx and click on the gluten free foods link you will find every hy-vee product that is gluten free. I have had many and have never had a problem.  This list is for Hy-Vee products so it will not include other companies. I seem to survive off a lot of PB and J sandwiches when traveling. 
    • Hi Mavis, Celiacs are often low on Vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and sometimes iron, and selenium. Wheat is pretty popular here too.  But there are other options like rice and buckwheat, quinoa, etc.
    • I just saw that this post was written in 2012! But for anyone else who is thinking of doing an Ironman, I'll leave my response up. ------ I have Celiac Disease confirmed by symptom (not biopsy) and presence of Herpetiformis Dermatitis and DNA HLA DQ 2 and 8 positive for Celiac Disease genetic risk. I have raced multiple Half Ironman distance, Sprint, Oly, and one Ironman, and am about to race my second Ironman in July 2018.  So much of typical race food makes my guts cry, either because it has dextrose sourced from corn (and I can't have corn, so there went NUUN after their 2017 reformulation of their product), or a seed, nut, grain, or bean I can't have. I am on a modified AIP (Autoimmune Protocol + Terry Wahl's Protocol with a hint of low FODMAPs), and I find that in general, low carbohydrate for much of the year, and nutritional periodization that increases the amount of carbohydrate needed to keep the glycogen tanks topped off and pre-loaded before a race or heavy training keeps my guts happier and decreases my recovery time off a hard race.  Since 2016, I've had some shifts and improvements on what I can eat, so I've been able to reintroduce foods like gluten free bread with a small amount of gum/emulsifier, allowing me to eat a gluten-free cashew nut butter +bacon+jam sandwich on the bike, cut into smaller bites and wrapped in foil like a Feedzone Portable (easy to handle with one hand while riding). I can also have Honey Stinger gummies. I still use an EPIC bar to provide some protein and fat because I've become a "fat burner" by doing LCHF and low Heart Rate running, plus Metabolic Efficiency testing so I could both determine the best pacing for me, as well as what my Resting caloric burn and my caloric burn while exercising are. These numbers help me know how much food to gobble.  The biggest "ah-ha" nutrition and fluid wise that I have had to work on really hard has been about electrolyte balance. I eat so clean during the week, mostly eating real, natural gluten-free foods at home and very little processed food, that it has little sodium in it. Before big races, I will pre-load my electrolyte pills until I notice the water I am drinking "sticks" to me. Without doing that, I can inadvertently enter a warm-weather race and be mildly dehydrated before I cross the start line. We've used blood testing to help determine if I've needed a IV therapy to help with this; a naturopathic office set me up with a couple of IV's starting three weeks out before IMMT race in 2016, and I'll look into that again for my 2018 race.  Finally, recovery nutrition is so important. Recovery begins the minute you cross the finish line. There will be hardly anything a celiac disease person can eat on the race finish area tables, so you should put something in your T2 bag or any other transition bag to eat or drink when you're done. As yucky as this sounds, sometimes the best thing you can pound down is a beverage with -- surprise! -- more sugar/calories. I'll be putting two Real Sugar Pepsi's in my bag for after the race is done, a small sandwich, and then flushing the system with water. About two hours after the race, I'll probably eat another snack again, and by the next morning, you'll want to eat right away.  Currently, I have to eat four meals and 2 snacks a day to keep up with caloric demand off my training. My grocery bills are insane, and for how tiny I am, people are pretty surprised how much food I have to eat to meet demand. If I could recommend anything, test out your race day food multiple times while training hard, to make sure your guts can accept the food and hydration across a minimum of a century ride on a warm day. If you use real food like I do, make sure the food can't ferment or spoil in the hours it sits in your bag or on the bike, and work from solids to gels/gummies to liquids. If you decide to use all liquid nutrition, test test test, before committing to using it on your Ironman. It's so sad to see people's race day spoiled by nausea and vomiting as their guts give out before their bodies do.  If someone reading this is thinking about doing an Ironman and has celiac disease, I hope this is helpful. I've had a fun time with Ironman training this year. 
    • Is vitamin E that is added to foods safe? I notice that a lot of gluten free food products have vitamin E listed n in the ingredients (almond milk, for example). I’m still, even over a year into this, confused about tocopherols and their safety in foods and cosmetics.
    • Thank you for the reply! No, I haven't gotten my minerals and all checked. But you're right, it's probably a good idea to get them checked. Ah, I never expected I'd end up having problems with gluten. Wheat is like the staple food of my country, and most people have not even heard of celiac disease here.
  • Blog Entries

  • Upcoming Events