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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? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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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I know that I react to all products I have tried that are processed in a facility that also processes wheat.

I know everyone has to find their own level of sensitivity, and in doing so, I have found that I always react when a product is made in a facility where wheat is handled.

Here is the issue/question.

I bought a large bag of raw almonds at an Eastern Indian market.

The price was about half what you pay elsewhere.

I got home and as I was putting them away I noticed the label that said they were processed in a facility that also processes wheat.

I'm happy they label this...should have read it in the store.

But I don't want to waste them so I was wondering if there is any way to "save" them.

I was thinking about blanching them and removing the skin.

Would that get rid of any gluten if there were any?

Can I wash them?

Anyone tried this?

I don't know if it is worth the risk, but I was thinking maybe getting rid of the skins and washing would render them safe to eat.

Any opinions or experiences?

Thank you!

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No experience but if you washed (soap), skinned, roasted it would be the best bet?

Roasting is usually done around 350, do that in itself wouldn't kill the gluten. http://www.elanaspantry.com/how-to-roast-almonds/

Have no idea if the soap will give it a flavor but if you roast them in a seasoning it may cover it?

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I've heard you can wash them with soap, blanch them to remove the red hull, and then wash them again with some success. Personally, I wouldn't try it. My symptoms are pretty severe and long-lasting though. Better safe than sorry...

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I'd just give them away.

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I wouldn't give them away. I wouldn't try to wash & eat them either. I would take them back to the market & get my money back. Not worth the risk eatsmeat. Not worth the risk. You have done SO well lately. Nah, don't risk backsliding.

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Thank you everyone!

You are right.

Not worth it.

My God...can you imagine if I got a DH outbreak again?

I'm going to try to take them back.

I buy stuff all the time there.

If not I will give them away!

Thanks to all of you.

I lost my mind if I thought to eat them!

Thanks for being the voice of reason.

It's only money...jeez!

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I'm SOOOOOO glad you decided this! I think they will be happy to refund you especially if you can find something else to purchase for the same price or near so. Just explain to them that you missed the writing on the pkg. when you bought them. I'm sure they will understand.

I can rest easy now.

Sheesh! I was getting itchy just thinking about you eating those things & knowing how sensitive you are.

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I'm glad you're taking them back. I would probably risk it but I'm not as sensitive as you are. I've had cashews from shared equipment (only ones I could find) and was ok.

If you would have broken out I'd hear the scream all the way in AZ.

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Yeah, I bought cashews there too.

It doesn't say anything on the package of cashews.

But that doesn't mean anything really.

They just didn't have the money to put a fancy label on them.

Where do y'all get your nuts??

I used to get them at Nuts.com

But I can't afford the shipping right now.

I got Diamond walnuts in the shell.

Even that bag has processed in a facility that also processes wheat.

Sheesh~ What's a Paleo girl to do??? Go without nuts??? Or go nuts after I eat them and have a reaction....decisions...decisions.... hmmm.

But seriously are there any certified gluten free nuts???

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I have had some success with washing, but I only do that when I can't find a safer source of food. Nuts Online has wheat in their facility too. They process their gluten free nuts on different equipment, but the same facility. At least that's what they told me last time I checked. I have also had more success with nuts bought in the shell, but it is time consuming to shell them.

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I buy mine at Trader Joe's (which I know you don't have). The only raw or plain nut I can't get not processed on just a nut line is cashew.

If you wante to mail you some I will. I don't know the pricing compared to nuts online but I can let you know next time I go. They are typically much less expensive than other places - so price + shipping may work out. I dunno. Might be able to get them in one of those "flat rate boxes".

You wouldn't be the first person I've sent a TJ's care package to!

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thank you Dilettanesteph for the info about nuts.con and washing nuts.

I never thought I'd see the day when I sit and crack nuts and then wash them and still feel apprehensive about eating them! Life as a Celiac is certainly interesting....

Prickly- My God! You have a great memory if you remember that I don't have Trader Joe's!!

I will look into them online. I just got dairy back so maybe I should just leave it alone...but I like nuts. Thank you for offering the care package...what a sweetie you are and that was very nice of you to offer. I am touched.

I will keep trying. Maybe I should invent a nut-cracking machine....or set my son to cracking nuts instead of grounding him for his teenage infractions!

Thanks for the help!

You guys are the best!

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Yeah, I bought cashews there too.

It doesn't say anything on the package of cashews.

But that doesn't mean anything really.

They just didn't have the money to put a fancy label on them.

Where do y'all get your nuts??

I used to get them at Nuts.com

But I can't afford the shipping right now.

I got Diamond walnuts in the shell.

Even that bag has processed in a facility that also processes wheat.

Sheesh~ What's a Paleo girl to do??? Go without nuts??? Or go nuts after I eat them and have a reaction....decisions...decisions.... hmmm.

But seriously are there any certified gluten free nuts???

For Nut Thins -

http://www.bluediamond.com/index.cfm?navId=210

All I could find on line -

http://nuts.com/gluten-free/nuts/

I know I have heard of several sensitive members who eat almonds. Hopefully, they will check in.

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I was wondering about the "made in a facility" label, too. I'm new at being gluten-free & I wasn't sure if I was being too paranoid not eating things with that label, especially nuts (walnuts, in my case!). As if just avoiding wheat as an ingredient was hard enough.

I had dried beans with that label, too.. wasn't sure if soaking them would save them, so I haven't used them yet. I just get so sick on tiny amounts of gluten, so it's not even worth it to risk it.

I feel like santa.. always giving away my inedible food!

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