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Van's Waffles Make Me Dizzy?

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Recently I've been playing around with the foods I eat and when I eat them and how much I eat because I do tend to get very hungry and light headed quite easily (though my blood sugar and iron levels have been tested in many different ways... both are good since I started going Gluten free) I figured that sometimes it's because my body isn't getting enough carbs or protein at times.

Anywho, so I've been pretty good about having whole grains, dairy, and veggies.

One food that I am questioning is the Gluten Free Van's Waffles... when I have them I usually spread a good amount of strawberry cream cheese or peanut butter on them. For some reason though, when I have the waffles I become extremely dizzy and light headed very quickly. Yesterday I had the waffles for lunch and it felt like my blood sugar crashed a few hours later, today I had them for breakfast and the same thing happened...

Any ideas why this food tends to make me crash so much faster than others?

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I don't eat Vans because they contain soy. Soy gives me a worse reaction than gluten. Is it possible soy bothers you too?

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I also don't eat Vans because of the soy. Have you noticed the symptoms with any other foods? If so, you could cross-check the ingredients to find a possible culprit? My soy symptoms tend to be more neurological/physical than strictly intestinal. It's possible you could be the same? Good luck!!

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Interesting. I haven't had D in weeks, and had it pretty bad a few hours after eating Van's waffles two days ago. I don't drink soy milk because it bothers me, but smaller amounts in baked products haven't really been a worry before. I still don't think it's the problem because it's in other things I have been eating lately with no reaction...anybody NOT sensitive to soy reacting to Van's?

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anybody NOT sensitive to soy reacting to Van's?

My daughter does - Van's always makes her sick. She's been gluten-free for a year now, and as time goes on, she reacts to lower levels of gluten than she originally did. Dizziness is one of her gluten symptoms, too, that was not present originally but is now.

The dizziness is also one of my gluten symptoms that slowly developed. I used to get dizzy easily, too, I thought, but looking back, I believe that it's actually all been gluten related, I just associated it with other things.

Not saying that this is your case, but it has been in my family. But for blood sugar crashing...hmmm...I wonder if that might happen if you eat something that passes through your system quickly without absorbing, perhaps? It might flush everything else along with it. If that were the case, it might be something in the waffles is something you are intolerant too, you know?

I know that some people can develop a sensitivity to xanthan gum and other gums - does Van's have a lot of that?

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I don't react to soy and I did react to Van's waffles. They might have some low level gluten cc. Are they made in a mixed facility?

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I ate Van's waffles and got a reaction too. I am not sure if I react to soy but do remember awhile back having a reaction when I had something containing soy sauce. So not sure if these waffles have gluten contamination or maybe I am also allergic to soy? Ug I hate my life. :wacko:

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Welcome to the forum, jim.  Do note that this thread is 4 years old and the people on it are not active anymore.  Also, the ingredients in Vans waffles may have changed since then.

 

Van's makes regular gluten-filled waffles, too, did you buy those by mistake?  Also, was the soy sauce you had a reaction to regular soy sauce, or gluten-free soy sauce?  Sorry if those sound like silly questions, but it happens so I like to ask. Their gluten-free waffles do contain a lot of soy, so if you suspect you have a problem with soy, this would definitely be a problem item.  A good way to pinpoint whether or not that is happening is to keep a food diary so you can link symptoms back to what you ate.  

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I was goinf to add the same though as Laura, are you sure you have the gluten-free waffles.  I accidentally bought the normal waffles when I saw a sale, but luckily we discovered our mistake before we opened the box - It pays to double check the labels on products you don't normally buy.  ;)

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I also can attest Vans waffles in the past before I went grain free and pre diagnosis would make me quite ill. thing is I could eat or drink some soy items and not feel the effects that vans waffles gave me. I honestly would love to know what's up with them. Does anyone know if vans processing plant is a mixed ingredient facility? It has been a very long time since I had there stuff and I'm curious. I'm not about to eat anything by them but knowing if there is a high cc possibility could explain a lot . They could be like those Bart's cookies nightmare deal where they touted it was gluten-free but was well above 20ppm.

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I also can attest Vans waffles in the past before I went grain free and pre diagnosis would make me quite ill. thing is I could eat or drink some soy items and not feel the effects that vans waffles gave me. I honestly would love to know what's up with them. Does anyone know if vans processing plant is a mixed ingredient facility? It has been a very long time since I had there stuff and I'm curious. I'm not about to eat anything by them but knowing if there is a high cc possibility could explain a lot . They could be like those Bart's cookies nightmare deal where they touted it was gluten-free but was well above 20ppm.

Vans is a large company with a good reputation for gluten free. If you read thier info, they make the gluten-free in a special section of the plant and keep the gluten-free ingredients separate. They test ingredients and finished product. Perhaps it is another ingredient in the waffles that bothers you?

The ones I looked at do not contain soy but do contain a lot of ingredients -

Water, Van's Gluten Free Whole Grain Mix (Brown Rice Flour, Millet, Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Amaranth, Quinoa), Tapioca Starch, non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Inulin, Potato Starch, Cane Sugar, Rice Bran, Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Rice Flour, Monocalcium Phosphate), Van's Natural Fruit Juice Blend (Pineapple, Peach And Pear Juice Concentrates), Flaxseed, Cinnamon, Rice Flour, Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt.

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I have eaten Van's waffles every day for many years.  What do you put on the waffle?  Perhaps a shared butter container or non gluten free syrup, shared jelly?  Or perhaps, it was one of the other ingredients.  Some times, we never find out.  I would put them aside for some time and then try them again later.  If they continue to bother you, maybe you can pinpoint the issue.  But so often, it's will remain a mystery and just something that you body does not like.

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