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The pamphlet that my doctor gave me says to avoid yeast extract and brewer's yeast, but plain yeast is ok, however, I keep running into autolyzed yeast and autolyzed yeast extract on ingredients' lists. Is it safe for celiacs or not? I never imagined I'd be trying to learn the different forms of yeast! Any info anyone has would be helpful. Thanks!

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I know it is possible for autolyzed yeast extract to be gluten-free, but I can't say for sure that it always is.

The thing to be aware of with any autolyzed protein is that it generates MSG (among other things, presumably) when combined with salt--but the label doesn't have to say anything about this, and can in fact read "no MSG (added)." So if you react to MSG, tread cautiously with autolyzed protein extracts.

--Sarah

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And anyone know the difference between autolyzed and hydrolyzed?

I posted a question on hydrolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed whey and if they were gluten-free. No answer yet.

Eww, we need a food chemist to help us out.

I'm confused, that's for sure. :(

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Hi Guys!

OK this is my understanding: Yeast extract can be made from Barley- so I would avoid it or call the company to find the source. Autolyzed Yeast Extract I'm not sure if it CAN have gluten in it...but i know that it is included in alot of gluten free products. So it doesnt mean NO. I know that is not very helpful, but its better than nothing. It's in the swanson's broth I'm about to eat that is Gluten free. :-)

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Autolyzed yeast and yeast extract are not sources of gluten, although they are sources of glutamate which is sometimes confused with gluten. Yeast is yeast, it is not derived from any grain.

Brewer's yeast should be avoided as it is a byproduct of brewing beer. It is spent yeast that has already been used to ferment barley.

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Thanks for the answer, I really had no clue.

Isn't Swanson broth off the good list along with Prego sauces? I thought I read they changed their formulas.

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I know that swanson's beerf broth has gluten in it-- but I'm pretty sure their chicken and vegetable broth is ok. The only ingredient i wasn't 100% sure of was the Autolyzed Yeast.

I wanted to comment on the above post, that Yeast Extract can absolutley have gluten in it as some forms are derived from Brewer's yeast,which means it would have gluten.

Here's what I found:

"Yeast Extraction Or Autolyzed Yeast

Yeast is a single celled plant that has been useful to mankind since pre-historic times.

There are numerous applications of yeast in the food industry.

a. Baker's Yeast: The role of baker yeast in baking industry is to leaven bread and related products. Baker's Yeast is a Halal yeast.

b. Brewer's Yeast: This type of yeast is used in fermenting sugar in malt to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide in beer making.

c. Wine Yeast: This yeast is used in making wine.

d. Alcohol Yeast : Yeast is used in production of alcohol.

e. Torula Yeast: Torula Yeast grows on sulfite waste and sulfite liquors. It is also grown on sugar cane. Torula yeast grown on sulphite liquor containing alcohol is not recommended for Muslims. If it is grown on sugar cane then it is considered Halal.

f. Autolyzed Yeast Extracts or Yeast Extracts: Autolyzed yeast extracts are available as a powder derived from Baker's Yeast or Brewer's Yeast. After brewing the beer, the brewer yeast is separated from the beer and subjected to self digestion, the hydrolysis of yeast cell protein by the proteolytic enzymes indigenous to yeast cell. Brewer's yeast extracts are used in soups, meat products, gravies, snacks, crackers, part of some of the culture media in cheese making. It is used in flavors and also vitamins. Baker's yeast extracts are used in non flavoring foods."

website: http://www.canadianhalalfoods.com/ingdescription.shtml

So it sounds like Autolyzed and Yeast Extracts can come from brewer's (contains gluten) or baker's yeast (is gluten-free)-- so call the company and check on both.

Does anyone else have more information? I'm going to call Swanson's and check on that broth today before I make my soup!

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The pamphlet that my doctor gave me says to avoid yeast extract and brewer's yeast, but plain yeast is ok, however, I keep running into autolyzed yeast and autolyzed yeast extract on ingredients' lists. Is it safe for celiacs or not? I never imagined I'd be trying to learn the different forms of yeast! Any info anyone has would be helpful. Thanks!

Hi, go here:

http://gluten-free-blog.blogspot.com/2006/...demic-book.html

Autolyzed yeast is considered safe according to this site.

It is also not listed as unsafe on this site.

Go here:

http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsaf...ents/Page1.html

Hope this helps! you also need to buy the gluten-free shopping guide on this site, either one is fine. It will save you a lot of hair pulling! Print up the unsafe list and keep it with you!

Also, go through your meds, makeup, otc stuff etc. and toss anything that isn't on the glutenfreedrugs site! You don't want to get gluten by your lip balm or the wrong NSAID!

Congrats on your diagnosis and happy healing!

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