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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Is It Safe To Eat Couscous?
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I have read that it is semolina based but then another website described it as a wheat product.

I love couscous and would be thrilled if in fact I can still eat it....

Thanks in advance Kati

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I wouldn't take a chance

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couscous is basically pasta ----seminola is a type of wheat! in other words you cannot eat couscous!

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:( Sorry but I'd have to agree with the others... Its not worth the risk!

-Heather

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kati, unfortunately, semolina, spelt, kamut, club, durum, bulgur, and einkorn are just some of the names wheat can come under... so sorry, no couscous.

but maybe you could try some brown rice... it is tastier (and healthier) than the white stuff and has a more couscous-ish texture to it. and can be mixed with a lot of the same stuff you would put in a couscous dish.

also there is a really yummy breakfast cereal out there that is gluten-free and couscous-esque (ie you could definately eat it for meals other than breakfast), it is called bob's red mill mighty tasty gluten-free hot cereal and is made from rice, corn, sorghum, and buckwheat (which, confusingly enough, is not related to wheat and is gluten-free)

hope this helps!

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wow, so much to learn... thanks for the help though I appreciate it - I will defo try the cereal and see if it is a good sub....

I just like an alternative to rice, especially as I am also allergic to dairy & soy - so I drink rice milk, eat rice cheese, use rice butter, eat plain rice, etc etc sometimes its just nice to have a change...

I found AMY's ready meals today at Safeway - I am so happy it will be great to take ready made meals to work again.........

Thanks again

Kati

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I just like an alternative to rice, especially as I am also allergic to dairy & soy - so I drink rice milk, eat rice cheese, use rice butter, eat plain rice, etc etc sometimes its just nice to have a change...

Kati, have you really found a rice butter and rice cheese that don't have dairy or soy?!? I would love to know the brand. I am also not able to eat dairy or soy and have not found any brands that are dairy free and soy free. They all seem to have one or the other. I really miss cheese. I got very tired of rice milk, so I have gone over to Blue Diamond Almond milk. The original is good in cereal, and good just to drink. The chocolate flavor is just like smooth creamy choclate milk! I love it. And they are such a refreshing change to rice milk. I don't recommned the vanilla flavor though. it just doesn't taste good. Let me know about the rice butter & cheese. Thanks.

God bless,

Mariann

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kati,

You're right, there IS a lot to learn. But don't worry, you'll get the hang of it!

In the past, I have used millet as an alternative to couscous. You can toast it in a dry skillet to enhance its flavor, too. I haven't tried millet since I went totally gluten-free because I am being super cautious about adding grains back in to my diet, but it should be gluten-free unless it is cross-contaminated (which means, don't trust the bulk bins at the health food store!). I plan to order a bag from Bob's Red Mill the next time I have money to spend and give it a try. Millet is also a whole grain, so it is a more healthful choice than couscous (which is made from processed wheat, just like pasta is).

I'll have to try that gluten-free hot cereal, too; it sounds like it might be delicious!

Good luck!

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