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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I tested very high for cane some sugar intolerance. My question is how to read a label if it has cane sugar. Some just say sugar............what does that mean. Can i have fruit if i have a cane sugar intolerance? What foods have cane sugar in them? Is cane sugar table sugar? Are artificial sweetners okay? I am confused and would love some guidance. Thanks Guys

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Cane sugar is sugar that is got from the sugar cane which is a plant. Table sugar is either cane sugar or beet sugar. I don't think it needs to be specified on a label, so you'll need to contact manufacturers to know which products are ok.

Fresh fruit only have their own sugar in them so fruit is ok. I don't know about artificial sweeteners.

I'm afraid you will have to learn to always read labels and contact manufacturers a lot... :(

I think there are some other people on the board who can't have cane sugar, I hope they will have more tips and advice.

Pauliina

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I also have a (ELISA test diagnosed) cane sugar allergy (or intolerance, for purists LOL). My naturopath posted in his newsletter the following guidelines for recognizing cane vs. beet sugar at the grocery store from those 5# bags of sugar:

There are two brands that exclusively manufacture sugar made from beets, the American Crystal Sugar Company and the Western Sugar Cooperative. Store brands (i.e. Wal-mart, Cub Foods, Flavorite, Safeway, etc.) are also often beet sugar so are safe for those allergic to cane sugar. Unfortunately these brands are rarely clearly marked as cane or beet sugar so it is important to look a little further to find out. One way to do this is to know factory identification codes, knowing where your sugar comes from can be crucial to finding out what type of sugar you are buying.

All bags of sugar are labeled with a five-digit code that identifies the packaging plant (letter), year (1 digit) and Julian date (3 digits) - a Julian date is simply the actual day of the year numbers 1 through 365. The most important thing to remember is the letter that indicates the location, this will tell you where the sugar was manufactured, therefore distinguishing between cane sugar and beet sugar.

Factory identification codes for ACS are:

D - American Crystal Sugar Co., Drayton, ND

E - American Crystal Sugar Co., East Grand Forks, MN

H - American Crystal Sugar Co., Hillsboro, ND

K - American Crystal Sugar Co., Crookston, MN

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Ah yes, I got the same dx from Dr. Wangen, and the same notice about how to differentiate. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot more numbers on the packages than he describes, so I gave up ... confuzled! :blink:

So anyway, I have switched to maple syrup Sugar, and I get it from the sweetener aisle of my favorite "health food" store, in this case, PCC. There's also a very yummy new product called Maple syrup Butter and it's "to die for!" Maple syrup sugar doesn't taste like maple syrup, so it's a great sweetener that can be added to anything.

I also happen to think the Marketing Machine has done a splendiferous job convincing people that cane sugar is somehow superior to beet sugar. Sigh!

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