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Seante Wilson

Reaction To Buddig Lunch Meats...or?

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I had a hankerin for some lunch meat so I got some carl buddig to try and its made me have reactions similar to being glutened.

I talked to them and assured me that they are gluten free but its really messing with me :(

Is there something in it that may be causing this?

Oh its so hard when your body goes haywire.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Seant

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I have had the same problem :huh: but my "glutened" reactions are slightly different from other celiacs/gluten intolerants, and sometimes this causes me to hesitate to claim a reaction, but this one I can prove (for me) because I did a really strict elimination and reinto several times and it was always the turkey lunchmeat. It makes my joints puff up, and especially the one ankle that was injured over 2 years ago. It's not puffing up my gut too much, no gut cramps, nor giving me migraines or ataxia, but it is contributing to what I think of as the "category B division" of things that I shouldn't eat because of edema.

In mid November I made the mistake of eating some gluten free baked goods I had not researched enough, and accidentally consumed both flax and soy flour for a few days, which set off such a chain reaction, that I was eating very plain (for me) since then trying to get a handle on WTF was doing this. I noticed that it had to be a home food item(s) because for treats I was eating out at 2 different venues where we have had very good luck, and Not Getting Glutened and Not Having The Ankle Swelling, either, the next day. My days were going like this: plain plain food, all week, then a gluten free meal out at the end of the week, and.... nothing. No reaction. Wait another day. Try some turkey lunchmeat on Sunday.... with that store bought bread we were keeping in the freezer..... aaaarrrghhhhh :ph34r: .

When I ate peanut butter or cheese or eggs or leftover dinner meat for lunch, no ankle puffing. When I ate turkey lunchmeat, including the Buddig which is labeled gluten-free, my ankles and lower leg swelled up. At first I thought it was the November store bought gluten-free bread as that had been used to make the turkey-cheese lunchmeat sandwiches.... after 2 days of this, I caught on that this bread needed to be given to my spouse, but I kept eating the turkey and saw that I was having a secondary problem. I cycle thru reactions pretty quickly. So it was goodbye turkey lunchmeat, and watching the swelling go down.

I tested then trying yet a different brand of gluten free labeled summer sausage/pepperoni type product, and didn't get the ankle swelling. Now I'm really curious as to just what is in the Buddig that could be doing this. For me, there is nothing on that label that leaps out and says DON'T. I've been repeatedly frustrated by corn products being cross contaminated, but I know I'm okay with corn because there ARE corn things I do eat.

I love turkey sliced lunchmeats, but have reluctantly given it all up for now. Even the so - called natural brands, without a lot of preservatives were sporadically doing the same thing to me. I do not know if it is because they are feeding the lunchmeat source turkeys something that I am reacting to or not, or if it is gluten, or preservatives, antibiotics, or cc, but I am sure as heck not imagining it because this past month of being lunchmeat- free, my crappy lower leg/ankle swelling has been so far down I have done physical stuff I had not been able to do for over a year, like fit into a ski boot and these closely fitting paddock boots I have.

And it's the friggin turkey lunchmeat, as I've eaten the Hormel turkey pepperoni and this Does Not Happen. Knock on wood. And we ate fresh roasted turkey we made at Thanksgiving and at Christmas and it does not happen.

It's really enough to make one want to tear one's hair out, as turkey is supposed to be so much higher protein and lower fat and "healthier" blah blah blah than cheese and peanut butter....

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ps. Edited to fix html mistake, and to add that I was so on a roll with being thrilled that every day there was no turkey lunchmeat, my ankle was getting closer and closer to being almost normal sized, and stronger, that I was very disciplined over Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years and did not eat very much in the way of "traditional" baked anything, and didn't even miss it. Crustless pie, skipped the stuffing, etc. And I might be having the only winter holiday in history where I've dropped weight - I really think this was bloat and retained fluid.

Went to the doc for this several years ago - of course, they had no idea :rolleyes:

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Perhaps it is nitrates in the cold cuts you are reacting to. My daughter reacts to nitrates in the same way she reacts to gluten. Nitrates are found in most processed meats (cold cuts, bacon, hot dogs, etc.) You may try some nitrate free cold cuts to see if you react. Hormel (pretty sure of brand) has a line called Naturals. Coleman's has nitrate free bacon and hot dogs. Oscar Mayer also has nitrate free hot dogs, but we prefer Colemans.

Wegmans corned beef the last time I purchased it was nitrate free. BJs started carrying nitrate free bacon and cold cuts, but I cannot remember brand--Apple something.

Good Luck!

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There must be some type of ingredient in it that's getting you as they are gluten-free. I do buy Carl Buddig lunchmeats and have no problem with them...I like the individual size packages, which contain just the right amount for a sandwich.

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From a gluten perspective, Carl Buddig meats are all gluten-free and I've never heard of anybody having a problem. In fact, virtually every deli/lunch meat I'm aware of is gluten-free. Most cold cut brands have either no meat with gluten or perhaps one.

richard

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I eat Budding all the time and I too buy the little packs because they are perfect and have never had a problem =)

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When I was first diagnosed, I kept thinking that I was reacting to various things. I would come here and find out that lots of the forum members were eating those things without any reactions. I was puzzled. Finally my GI doctor told me that celiacs have varying degrees of sensitivity. Just because someone else can eat it didn't mean that I could eat it. I realized that I was sensitive to much lower levels than most of the people that post here. That really helped me to be more careful about what I ate so that I stopped having reactions.

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I have been recently diagnosed with celiac. It causes terrible attacks that start with ear ringing (?) Anyway, I too, cannot eat Budding's lunch meat. I have discovered that it causes a gluten reaction. I did not realize it until the third time eating it as I am vegetarian. But as I literally can eat almost nothing now, I was craving "real food". I ate this lunch meat thinking it was safe and voila! Celiac attack. Swollen, painful ankle, ringing ears, itching mouth, nausea, anxiety, going to the bathroom way too much, etc...I also cannot toletare corn starch so, that might be it? So, I agree, I definitely cannot eat that nor can I tolerate 20 ppm. I empathize with all of you. Looks like potatoes and tea, at least till I learn to cook.  :-p

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