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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Captain Morgan's

    So I just spoke with a woman named Sheri Reed who is a part of the Quality team for Diageo North America (i'm guessing the company that owns captain Morgan) regarding that email that I posted above and she clarified that they have to be careful with their wording because they can't guarantee that the companies that supply their flavoring ingredients take the necessary precautions to ensure that they are gluten-free. However, she said the final product is tested by independent agencies at the level of 10 ppm and it passes those tests.
  2. Captain Morgan's

    Here is the response I got back from Captain Morgan in December: Thank you for taking time to contact Captain Morgan. Your feedback is important to us. "FDA and TTB regulations permit Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum to be designated as gluten free. We recommend that you speak to your physician before consuming to discuss any questions you may have in regard to your condition." Whoever that representative is, they should try running for office. That is some impressive question avoiding! The FDA "permits" them to designated as GlutenFree. So IS it gluten free? Or are you just permitted to say it is??
  3. THANK YOU stereofidelic89 for backing me up on this. After a barrage of responses talking about how great the cookies were and someone repeatedly saying that I'm just expecting too much of gluten free cookies because I'm newly gluten free, it's good to hear there is someone else out there who is not lying to protect their daughter's cookie sales or just has broken taste buds. This was me after reading others' comments about how good the cookies were: I'm guessing someone will probably respond now and say that you must have gotten a fake bag of gluten-free girl scout cookies, but in reading your comment, I assure you those are them. Extremely fine and crumbly, tastes fake and incredibly sweet. But again, I'm not trying to make a statement against the girl scouts, they are an awesome organization. I'm just disappointed in their cookie, since everything else they make is so delicious AND since it doesn't seem that difficult to make a good gluten free cookie (Udi's, Pamela's, etc.)
  4. Cyclinglady, you already posted a comment on the 1st page of this thread saying that I've only been gluten-free and it takes a long time to forget what gluten containing foods taste like. My response to your first comment was that I actually have found a TON of delicious gluten-free cookies. For example, Udi's snickerdoodles, although they are incredibly unhealthy (100+ calories per cookie) are actuallly the best snickerdoodles I've ever had. I've even made a couple batches of gluten free cookies myself, using good recipes, that turned out really delicious. So the issue is not that I am expecting so much from gluten-free cookies. The issue was that MY experience with the girl scout cookie was that it was powdery, SUPER sweet, and tasted exactly like a candy cigarette. But again, I didn't write this post with the intent of attacking the girl scouts or hurting their sales. I was just taken back by how bad of a job they did, especially considering that it seems very easy to make delicious gluten-free cookies, and I wanted to share my experience with others. As for your review of the cookie, someone mentioned that different regions bake the cookies differently, so maybe your region made a better gluten-free cookie, who knows. My region's was very very BAD.
  5. I have only been gluten free for a month, however I've already had 4-5 different brands/kinds of gluten free cookies - not that that's something to brag about! - and they've all been very good actually. I didn't mean to come on here and rag on the Girl Scout organization in any way, I was just shocked at how bad the cookie tasted. I assumed if it was made by the Girl Scouts, it was going to be really good. I'm also disappointed because it would've been great to see this become a regular part of their line-up, but now I'm doubting that enough people will buy these again after eating them and so they will most likely not continue to make them. But I'm one person, so obviously try them for yourself before taking my word for it.
  6. Chipotle's

    Unfortunately, I think I had my very first experience with cross-contamination eating Chipotle last week. I was diagnosed in early December, and about 1.5 weeks into going gluten-free I had Chipotle - asked staff to change their gloves - and didn't have an issue. Now it's been about a month since going gluten-free, and I attempted eating Chipotle again, and I'm assuming that I have become more sensitive over the last month. About 45 minutes after eating, my stomach felt like it dropped and I felt as though I was going to have to run to the bathroom. As a 2x/week Chipotle eater prior to diagnosis, this has NEVER EVER happened to me before. Following this reaction I had 5 days of headaches (my only real symptom prior to diagnosis), achy joints, fatigue, bloodshot eyes on a couple of the days. Definitely think I was glutened. I'm done with Chipotle for a while, this was my first brush with being glutened since going gluten-free and I did NOT like it. It makes sense that cross-contamination is inevitable at Chipotle. Even if they change their gloves, they are touching the spoons to the tortillas ALL day long and putting them back in the food - the flour particles surely must accumulate over the course of the day. Anyways.... it's sad to think that I've lost Chipotle. But I think that if I'm having a terrible craving for them one day, I might try to wait outside before they open and be the first customer inside so that I can be sure the spoons have never touched the tortillas.
  7. Tampa, Florida (and Lakeland) Restaurants

    I'm moving to the Lakeland / Winter Haven area and just wanted to bump this topic to see if people had any other suggestions. Thanks!
  8. Hey Jebus, headaches were THE only symptom I experienced. Well, one of 2. The other was very infrequent vomiting and D episodes that would happen once every year or 2 when I ate too much buttery food. I was convinced it was a gallbladder issue, but my doctor wanted to test for celiac also. Turned out I had it. Now a month into the gluten free diet, my headaches are definitely improving. Still having them, but on average they are shorter, less intense, and there are more days where I don't have them. Hoping it continues to improve!
  9. Hey everyone, this is my first post since being diagnosed with Celiac in December (2013). The forum has been incredibly helpful, and I'm excited to become part of the community. Now, on to the post... It's unfortunate that my first post is a negative one, but ever since finding out about the pilot program for gluten-free girlscout cookies a few weeks ago, I had been dying to see what they came up with - I'm a thin mint addict every year when they come out, and love most of their other cookies, so I figured they'd be able to put together a phenomenal gluten-free cookie. WRONG. My coworker, who's daughter is a Girl Scout, brought in one single Girl Scout gluten-free cookie for me to sample today. They only gave her one sample cookie in a sealed plastic bag, and knowing I had just been diagnosed with Celiac, she kindly saved it for me to sample. It was REALLY bad. Super sugary sweet, crumbled into a very fine powder in my mouth, and had a strange flavor that reminded me of something ..... had me racking my brain for a minute..... then I came up with it - it tasted exactly like candy cigarettes, the white sugary ones. These: That is not how a cookie should taste. The only good part was the chocolate chips. Anyways, I'm extremely disappointed. Try them out if you must, but I just want to save some people the 3.75 or whatever they will charge for them. I can all but guarantee they won't sell them nation-wide next year because whoever tries them during this pilot season is going to absolutely hate them.