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Hello all,

Forgive me if I'm missing something, I'm kind of a newb to all this having only been gluten-free for about a month. But somehow, I've managed to gluten myself, and I'm trying to figure out the culprit.

We had tacos for dinner tonight. I used corn torillas (labeled gluten-free,) 100% organic beef seasoned with McCormick taco seasoning, spanish rice (labeled gluten-free,) and La Preferida Authentic refried beans.

Because I'm preeeeeeetty sure everything else was "safe," I'm suspect on these beans.

The ingredients are as follows:

Water

Pinto Beans

Lard

Salt

...so it seemed pretty safe to me. I just sent an e-mail to the manufacturer to confirm. Has anyone else expirenced a problem with these, or can the more seasoned gluten-free veterans see anything else in my menu which might have caused my reaction?

Thanks for helping me... still trying to figure all this out. :)

J

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We eat those beans all the time. I love that there is nothing in the ingredients that shouldn't be there. I can't remember about that taco seasoning. There are a few with wheat.

You are new to this, why are you sure it's gluten? Why not too spicy? Cheese? Margarita? Too greasy? Lunch that's bothering you? A stomach virus? Just an in- healed gut that isn't handling all foods well. Sometimes, in the beginning, it could be anything that bothers us.

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Thanks for the reply!

I did some pseudo-sleuthing (read: Google searching) on the Taco Seasoning before use. It seems to be okay, and I don't read anything on the ingredient list that seems suspect. But I'll continue to use caution.

Thanks for pointing out that it might not be gluten related. You may be right. I just assumed it was a gluten issue because I had the same reaction that I did when I used to eat gluten all the time. I had to run to the bathroom with painful results. (TMI? LOL. Sorry.) In my head, same old bathroom issues = same old causes. But you're right, I *am* very new to all this and it could have been anything. I've read on these boards that a lot of people also have trouble with dairy when going gluten-free. I didn't think I had that issue, but there WAS cheese on my taco... I'll be paying attention that that in the future, as well.

Also, I have to tell you that I LOL'ed at the "spicy" part. I am Irish to my core -- flavor usually scares me away. I think most BBQ sauces are too spicy. I think I'm safe on that front. :)

J

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:ph34r:I had to give up corn for about six months, even though it was a mainstay of my diet for a few months after going gluten-free. Your antibodies could be attacking a similar protein.

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Thanks for the reply!

I did some pseudo-sleuthing (read: Google searching) on the Taco Seasoning before use. It seems to be okay, and I don't read anything on the ingredient list that seems suspect. But I'll continue to use caution.

Thanks for pointing out that it might not be gluten related. You may be right. I just assumed it was a gluten issue because I had the same reaction that I did when I used to eat gluten all the time. I had to run to the bathroom with painful results. (TMI? LOL. Sorry.) In my head, same old bathroom issues = same old causes. But you're right, I *am* very new to all this and it could have been anything. I've read on these boards that a lot of people also have trouble with dairy when going gluten-free. I didn't think I had that issue, but there WAS cheese on my taco... I'll be paying attention that that in the future, as well.

Also, I have to tell you that I LOL'ed at the "spicy" part. I am Irish to my core -- flavor usually scares me away. I think most BBQ sauces are too spicy. I think I'm safe on that front. :)

J

Did you just put the pug picture on? We love pugs.

When I was new, it was hard to pinpoint what bothered me. Sometimes I think it could be an accumulation of things - not enough fiber, too much fiber, to much fat, raw veggies. One or all adding up to a disturbance in the gut. ( really wanted to say in the Force). It can take months or even a year or 2 to get everything healed and balanced.

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We love pugs, too!! My sister has a lil pug named Finnegan, and I think its safe to say we're all a little obsessed with him. If I wasn't posting from my phone, I'd include photos. :-)

Again, thanks for the insight. It still FEELS like a glutening to me, but I feel like I've been SO careful... Who knows??

It's comforting to talk to (type to?) others who have gone through the same thing.

J

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Also, as an update, I just got a reply from La Preferida:

Dear Jacki,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. In reply to your question, gluten ingredients are processed in this facility. Please be assured that an Allergen Control Program is strictly practiced and documented, in both the storage and processing of gluten ingredients, so that the possibility of cross-contamination is eliminated.

Sincerely,

David Brand

Director of Quality Assurance

Good enough for me.

J

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I found and made some taco seasoning tonight, because I assumed all the McCormack's stuff wasn't gluten-free. Anyway, the seasoning was easy; the formula is from the link below. I made enough to store in ziplock bags for the next several times I'll need it and already had all the stuff on hand.

Taco Seasoning gluten-free

So that's why I'm hunting the gluten-free refried beans now, for the casserole, and came to this thread. I'll keep looking around!

Elizabeth

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McCormick's has several taco seasoning packages. Some are gluten-free. They each have a different combo of flavors. The one that had cheese flavoring added also had gluten.

We always have to read the ingredient list. :blink:

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I used McCormicks original seasoning.... The ingredient label didn't have any red flags that stuck out to me!

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Hi, I am in my second week of going gluten free. I also eat this brand of refried beans, and haven't had any kind of reaction. I have, however, had reactions to anything with citric acid. I'm with the other people, it may be a different ingredient causing the issue. I heard a lot of people can't tolerate dairy at first, so if you put cheese in the beans, like I do, that may have been it. Lucky for me, I seem to be able to tolerate cheese.

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