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My son was just recently diagnosed with celiac disease. I am so overwhelmed with making my kitchen a gluten-free one! I was upset last night when I realized I couldn't use Hunt's ketchup to make meatloaf. However to my surprise and happiness Heinz ketchup is gluten free!! I also e-mailed the company and asked for a list of all of their gluten free products. They replied the very next day with a very long list of products! Just a nice informative note for other parents and patients out there!

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Isn't it funny how happy we can get about something as silly as Ketchup? :)

Kraft and Con- Agra are companies that will fully disclose any gluten in the ingredients. They make brands that only sayCon-Agra or Kraft in the small print on the back. Like Hunts is a Con- Agra product.

There are a few others but I can't find the list?

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I was upset last night when I realized I couldn't use Hunt's ketchup to make meatloaf.

Why is that? ConAgra will clearly list gluten, and I am not aware of any in Hunt's ketchup (or any other brand as of this moment). Heinz Organic Ketchup used to contain gluten (barley malt), but that changed a few years ago. Here is some info about Hunt's ketchup.

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It will quickly get easier, at least with the stuff you make at home. Good luck.

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Why is that? ConAgra will clearly list gluten, and I am not aware of any in Hunt's ketchup (or any other brand as of this moment). Heinz Organic Ketchup used to contain gluten (barley malt), but that changed a few years ago. Here is some info about Hunt's ketchup.

I am not sure what particular Hunts ketchup I had, but I gave it away already.. My son is also a type one diabetic. I'm trying my best and like I said, it gets overwhelming when one book says to stay away from certain vinegar's that are in ketchup and other things and then other sites say it's ok?

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Isn't it funny how happy we can get about something as silly as Ketchup? :)

Kraft and Con- Agra are companies that will fully disclose any gluten in the ingredients. They make brands that only sayCon-Agra or Kraft in the small print on the back. Like Hunts is a Con- Agra product.

There are a few others but I can't find the list?

YES! Among others! I did find that ortego taco seasoning is also gluten free- so bring on the taco's tonight!! :-) My twins are 12, so this adjustment is hard on them!

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It will quickly get easier, at least with the stuff you make at home. Good luck.

richard

Thank you!

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I am not sure what particular Hunts ketchup I had, but I gave it away already.. My son is also a type one diabetic. I'm trying my best and like I said, it gets overwhelming when one book says to stay away from certain vinegar's that are in ketchup and other things and then other sites say it's ok?

I think you missed the point that both Peter & I were making. Kraft and Con- Agra ( Hunts is one of thier products) will always list gluten. The only vinegar you need to worry about would say malt vinegar. These 2 companies would clearly mark that in the ingredients.

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I think you missed the point that both Peter & I were making. Kraft and Con- Agra ( Hunts is one of thier products) will always list gluten. The only vinegar you need to worry about would say malt vinegar. These 2 companies would clearly mark that in the ingredients.

(slumps down feeling silly!) THANK YOU!!!!

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(slumps down feeling silly!) THANK YOU!!!!

Just trying to make your life easier! :)

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I remember being a newly diagnosed Celiac, and it IS totally overwhelming at first. I just wanted to add that you do still have to read the labels closely of Kraft and ConAgra foods, as they won't list "gluten" as an ingredient. They will, however, list any ingredient that is derived from any kind of grains. The vinegar ... It used to be thought that all vinegars were a no-no, then they decided that the distillation process broke down any grain gluten that might be in it, and now it appears that only "malt" vinegar isn't made safe by that distillation process, although I have a container of "malt" vinegar at home which is clearly marked "gluten free". So, you have every reason to be confused, but just know that you get used to the diet and shopping for the food, and so will the kids, eventually. And I have usually found this site has very friendly and helpful people to answer questions, especially for those who are feeling as if this new way of life is an impossibility. It really isn't. It is the changing that is difficult.

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I am not sure what particular Hunts ketchup I had, but I gave it away already.. My son is also a type one diabetic. I'm trying my best and like I said, it gets overwhelming when one book says to stay away from certain vinegar's that are in ketchup and other things and then other sites say it's ok?

A few of us, myself included, react to distilled gluten grains. I use Heinz products because they don't use distilled gluten in their products. I don't know about Hunt's. Since technically distilled gluten is gluten free companies would not be doing anything wrong by using them but wouldn't always put it on the label. Malt vinegar would always be listed as malt vinegar and if you see just the word 'vinegar' on a label that would be apple cider vinegar and would be safe.

I should stress that many celiacs use distilled gluten vinegars and alcohols with no issues at all.

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Ravenwood notes correctly that most people with celiac use distilled vinegar with no problem. Let me add that very, very, very few products use distilled vinegar that comes from wheat. Extremely rare.

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