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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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Bovril Gluten Free Or Not

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I am new to this whole celiac and gluten free diet. Just found out I have celiac disease and have been trying to eat gluten free for the past six weeks. I have done pretty good up until now. Some say maltodextrin is safe others no. I ate Bovril, and English sort of spread on my gluten free bread at lunch and by dinner I had so much gas I could not eat very much. It took my hours before I felt better. My son who also has celiac disease, ate the same dinner as me and he was fine, so I'm thinking it was the Bovril. I hope someone can help answer the question about maltodextrin or Bovril for me. Thanks Diann

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I am new to this whole celiac and gluten free diet. Just found out I have celiac disease and have been trying to eat gluten free for the past six weeks. I have done pretty good up until now. Some say maltodextrin is safe others no. I ate Bovril, and English sort of spread on my gluten free bread at lunch and by dinner I had so much gas I could not eat very much. It took my hours before I felt better. My son who also has celiac disease, ate the same dinner as me and he was fine, so I'm thinking it was the Bovril. I hope someone can help answer the question about maltodextrin or Bovril for me. Thanks Diann

In the US, maltodextrin is derived from corn unless otherwise stated. I am not certain regarding English products. I would contact the company and inquire as to their gluten free status.

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Maltodextrin is safe. It is not made from a gluten-containing grain unless it specifically says so on the label.

The relevant US law says:

USA Code of Federal Regulations

Sec. 184.1444 Maltodextrin

CAS Reg. No. 9050-36-6. It is a nonsweet nutritive saccharide polymer that consists of D-

glucose units linked primarily by [alpha]-1-4 bonds and has a dextrose equivalent (DE) of less

than 20. It is prepared as a white powder or concentrated solution by partial hydrolysis of

cornstarch, potato starch or rice starch with safe and suitable acids and enzymes.

Note: FDA also permits the use of other starches including wheat. For example, if wheat is used

it must be labeled "wheat maltodextrin".

I don't know which Bovril product you ate, so I can't answer your specific question about gluten. If I recall correctly, Bovril liquids and powders are gluten-free, but the cubes are not. Check the label.

Bovril is made by Knorr, a division of Unilever. Unilever have a corporate policy that they will clearly disclose any source of gluten by including the name of the gluten grain in the ingredient list. So, look for the words wheat, rye, barley and oats. If you don't see any of them on a Unilever ingredient list, then you know that they are not hidden.

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Maltodextrin is safe. It is not made from a gluten-containing grain unless it specifically says so on the label.

The relevant US law says:

USA Code of Federal Regulations

Sec. 184.1444 Maltodextrin

CAS Reg. No. 9050-36-6. It is a nonsweet nutritive saccharide polymer that consists of D-

glucose units linked primarily by [alpha]-1-4 bonds and has a dextrose equivalent (DE) of less

than 20. It is prepared as a white powder or concentrated solution by partial hydrolysis of

cornstarch, potato starch or rice starch with safe and suitable acids and enzymes.

Note: FDA also permits the use of other starches including wheat. For example, if wheat is used

it must be labeled "wheat maltodextrin".

I don't know which Bovril product you ate, so I can't answer your specific question about gluten. If I recall correctly, Bovril liquids and powders are gluten-free, but the cubes are not. Check the label.

Bovril is made by Knorr, a division of Unilever. Unilever have a corporate policy that they will clearly disclose any source of gluten by including the name of the gluten grain in the ingredient list. So, look for the words wheat, rye, barley and oats. If you don't see any of them on a Unilever ingredient list, then you know that they are not hidden.

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