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does any body know about, Bear Creek Country Kitchen soup mixes, Are any of them gluten free? I just ate their navy bean soup and I feel my face swelling. AM I just a worry wart because the words 'GLUTEN FREE' were not on the pkg.I thought the ingreds looked good.

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Welcome!

I was curious so I found the ingredients online:

Great Northern Beans, Potatoes, Modified Corn Starch, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Onions, Salt, Carrots, Whey (from Milk), Tomatoes, Navy Beans, Celery, Maltodextrin, Palm Oil, Sherry Wine Flavor, Garlic, Parsley, Vinegar, Sodium Caseinate (from Milk), Turmeric, Paprika, Spices, Annatto Color, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Disodium Inosinate And Disodium Guanylate (flavor Enhancers).

While there is no obvious gluten, there could be hidden gluten in the flavors or spices. It is possible that you are reacting to something other than gluten in the mix. Some of us develop other food intolerances after removing gluten from our diets. Some of the other foods that can be problems while your digestive system is healing are Dairy, Soy, Corn, Nightshades, Legumes - this mix has them all.

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The ingredients look OK. In the US, if there is wheat in it it must be declared, it cannot "hide". Nor can a grain "hide" in spices as it it not legally a "spice".

There are a lot of ingredients in there, so it could be hard to pin point one as the culprit. If you are new to Celiac, it can take months to heal. During that time, many things can be hard to digest. It is usually recommended that you stick to a simple, whole food diet at the beginning.

Another thought is that the soup has been cc'd by whoever made it? Perhaps it was made using the gluteny pasta pan for example. Maybe something else you ate earlier in the day?

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Welcome!

I was curious so I found the ingredients online:

Great Northern Beans, Potatoes, Modified Corn Starch, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Onions, Salt, Carrots, Whey (from Milk), Tomatoes, Navy Beans, Celery, Maltodextrin, Palm Oil, Sherry Wine Flavor, Garlic, Parsley, Vinegar, Sodium Caseinate (from Milk), Turmeric, Paprika, Spices, Annatto Color, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Disodium Inosinate And Disodium Guanylate (flavor Enhancers).

While there is no obvious gluten, there could be hidden gluten in the flavors or spices. It is possible that you are reacting to something other than gluten in the mix. Some of us develop other food intolerances after removing gluten from our diets. Some of the other foods that can be problems while your digestive system is healing are Dairy, Soy, Corn, Nightshades, Legumes - this mix has them all.

I've tried staying away from some of these but saw no difference. Now, My question is this. If I stay gluten free will all these other sensitivities[bad spelling] go away, as I heal? What are night shades?

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The ingredients look OK. In the US, if there is wheat in it it must be declared, it cannot "hide". Nor can a grain "hide" in spices as it it not legally a "spice".

There are a lot of ingredients in there, so it could be hard to pin point one as the culprit. If you are new to Celiac, it can take months to heal. During that time, many things can be hard to digest. It is usually recommended that you stick to a simple, whole food diet at the beginning.

Another thought is that the soup has been cc'd by whoever made it? Perhaps it was made using the gluteny pasta pan for example. Maybe something else you ate earlier in the day?

What is a whole food diet?

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That is a tough question to answer. Maybe. It depends on a lot of factors. Some Celiacs are able to heal by removing gluten only; Others are able to heal by eating mostly whole/non-processed foods; Some have to remove other intolerances in order to heal and are able to add those foods back into their diet after healing. Wish I could give a clear cut answer, but there isn't one.

Nightshades are tomato, potato, peppers (all except peppercorns like black pepper) and eggplant.

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I've used the Bear Creek Creamy Potato as well as the Creamy Wild Rice without a problem. They have now changed their website so I hope they haven't changed their ingredients. http://www.bearcreek...s.com/soups.php

I first read about their gluten-free soups here. I do hope this list is still accurate...it's over 2 years old. If you check into it further, please let us know what you find out.

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What is a whole food diet?

Eating things that are not so processed. Eating things without all the strange ingredients that wouldn't be in the soup if you made it yourself.

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When making my own bean or lentil or split pea soup, I have frequently found random grains in the dry beans, so it wouldn't surprise me if canned beans were contaminated to some extent. Be wary of canned soups.

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Bossley, it would be best for you to just eat plain meats that you buy at the meat counter, cooked without any spices either in the oven or a crockpot. Buy your veggies in the produce department, cut them up yourself, wash the heck out of them, then steam or microwave them. Organic is best, but if you don't have the money or a good source nearby, wash wash wash everything. If you're worried about nightshades, eat sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, and peel them. That's easy to do if you bake them in the oven first. The peels come right off. They are full of nutrition too.

If you're like me and practically helpless in the kitchen you can do what I have done. I buy a package of chicken breasts, wash them well and then throw them in the oven. Take them out when they're done. It's that easy. Then I cook up a bunch of rice. I shred the chicken in the rice, and then I add vegetables to the mix. I usually use fresh broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. Then I put individual servings in ziplock bags. Throw them in the freezer and all you have to do is microwave them. I usually put cheese in there with them too, but if you're off dairy for a while I guess you won't be doing that.

Even the sweet potatoes can be mixed with meat and veggies and frozen in individual servings. I usually only cook one day a week. The rest of the time I just grab what I need out of the freezer. And you know what? The stuff tastes pretty good!

There's a good chance that any intolerances you are developing now will go away in time, but it might take a year or more. While your gut is healing your body can mistake all KINDS of things for gluten. It will take time and patience, but if you can just get through the next year or so, you will find that life can return pretty much to normal (except for the gluten).

It won't be easy, but try to think of eating as a necessary bodily function. You do it when you need to and then get on with life. Concentrate on all of the good things - your hobbies, your family and friends, sunsets, you get the idea. Even then there will be times when you need to vent. Come here when you do. We all understand.

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Bossley, it would be best for you to just eat plain meats that you buy at the meat counter, cooked without any spices either in the oven or a crockpot. Buy your veggies in the produce department, cut them up yourself, wash the heck out of them, then steam or microwave them. Organic is best, but if you don't have the money or a good source nearby, wash wash wash everything. If you're worried about nightshades, eat sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, and peel them. That's easy to do if you bake them in the oven first. The peels come right off. They are full of nutrition too.

If you're like me and practically helpless in the kitchen you can do what I have done. I buy a package of chicken breasts, wash them well and then throw them in the oven. Take them out when they're done. It's that easy. Then I cook up a bunch of rice. I shred the chicken in the rice, and then I add vegetables to the mix. I usually use fresh broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. Then I put individual servings in ziplock bags. Throw them in the freezer and all you have to do is microwave them. I usually put cheese in there with them too, but if you're off dairy for a while I guess you won't be doing that.

Even the sweet potatoes can be mixed with meat and veggies and frozen in individual servings. I usually only cook one day a week. The rest of the time I just grab what I need out of the freezer. And you know what? The stuff tastes pretty good!

There's a good chance that any intolerances you are developing now will go away in time, but it might take a year or more. While your gut is healing your body can mistake all KINDS of things for gluten. It will take time and patience, but if you can just get through the next year or so, you will find that life can return pretty much to normal (except for the gluten).

It won't be easy, but try to think of eating as a necessary bodily function. You do it when you need to and then get on with life. Concentrate on all of the good things - your hobbies, your family and friends, sunsets, you get the idea. Even then there will be times when you need to vent. Come here when you do. We all understand.

I really appreciate the time you take to help me and I'm going to work on this. Would eggs be acceptable ?

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Wow! Bartful gave you great information and ideas. I'm going to use some of it myself. :)

Bossley, eggs are just fine as long as they don't bother you. In fact, Bacon, Eggs, and Fried Potato with Onion is one of our favorite gluten free meals. Fast and easy.

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Wow! Bartful gave you great information and ideas. I'm going to use some of it myself. :)

Bossley, eggs are just fine as long as they don't bother you. In fact, Bacon, Eggs, and Fried Potato with Onion is one of our favorite gluten free meals. Fast and easy.

Bacon is OK ? Why would eggs bother some,are they iffy too? Are they another thing I have to watch.

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Bossley, it would be best for you to just eat plain meats that you buy at the meat counter, cooked without any spices either in the oven or a crockpot. Buy your veggies in the produce department, cut them up yourself, wash the heck out of them, then steam or microwave them. Organic is best, but if you don't have the money or a good source nearby, wash wash wash everything. If you're worried about nightshades, eat sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, and peel them. That's easy to do if you bake them in the oven first. The peels come right off. They are full of nutrition too.

If you're like me and practically helpless in the kitchen you can do what I have done. I buy a package of chicken breasts, wash them well and then throw them in the oven. Take them out when they're done. It's that easy. Then I cook up a bunch of rice. I shred the chicken in the rice, and then I add vegetables to the mix. I usually use fresh broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. Then I put individual servings in ziplock bags. Throw them in the freezer and all you have to do is microwave them. I usually put cheese in there with them too, but if you're off dairy for a while I guess you won't be doing that.

Even the sweet potatoes can be mixed with meat and veggies and frozen in individual servings. I usually only cook one day a week. The rest of the time I just grab what I need out of the freezer. And you know what? The stuff tastes pretty good!

There's a good chance that any intolerances you are developing now will go away in time, but it might take a year or more. While your gut is healing your body can mistake all KINDS of things for gluten. It will take time and patience, but if you can just get through the next year or so, you will find that life can return pretty much to normal (except for the gluten).

It won't be easy, but try to think of eating as a necessary bodily function. You do it when you need to and then get on with life. Concentrate on all of the good things - your hobbies, your family and friends, sunsets, you get the idea. Even then there will be times when you need to vent. Come here when you do. We all understand.

Are frozen veggies ok?

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Are frozen veggies ok?

Plain frozen veggies are great. Just read the ingredients to make sure you don't pick one up with a sauce.

Don't worry about eggs. some people are bothered by eggs but its not directly related to Celiac or gluten.

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If you're like me and practically helpless in the kitchen you can do what I have done. I buy a package of chicken breasts, wash them well and then throw them in the oven. Take them out when they're done.

I have never heard of washing chicken breasts before cooking them, but I do wash apples with dish detergent and then rinse them well before eating.

Why do you wash chicken? Just curious. Does anyone else do this?

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When it comes to eggs, you are usually made aware as to whether or not you have a problem with them within a few hours of eating them. I don't eat eggs anymore (am ok with them baked into something, just not straight) because I literally cannot stand the smell of myself if I do. Some people get nauseous, stomach probs, etc. Frequent issue is the smelly gas though. If none of that happens, you should be good!

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Bacon is OK ? Why would eggs bother some,are they iffy too? Are they another thing I have to watch.

Yes, bacon is ok, but do read the ingredients. I've never seen any with gluten, but you should always read the label anyway to be sure. Eggs are great protein if you don't have problems with them. Some people have problems with them, but if you don't you should be good. Frozen vegetables are great but again make sure you read the label to be sure you are just getting vegetables and not sauce as Kareng said.

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I have never heard of washing chicken breasts before cooking them, but I do wash apples with dish detergent and then rinse them well before eating.

Why do you wash chicken? Just curious. Does anyone else do this?

Growing up my Mother rinsed off her chicken and told me to do the same. She washed bone in chiken with skin on. If I'm roasting a whole chicken, I tend to rinse it off inside and out. I think my Mom thought it was best to rinse it of blood etc. I buy organic thin breast usually and do not wash them.

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I have never heard of washing chicken breasts before cooking them, but I do wash apples with dish detergent and then rinse them well before eating.

Why do you wash chicken? Just curious. Does anyone else do this?

I personally don't understand why people don't wash the meat in the USA. When workers in a meat company cut and clean chicken, they will use the same gloves, table and knife over and over. When you pull the intestines out of the chicken, what is inside (poop) can burst in the cavity, or on the table. Chickens are fed with wheat or rye- which means gluten. I don't know, if somebody would wash each chicken separately to prevent contamination from all. Provably they are just thrown in big containers filled with some solution and then packed. Every package have a pad on the bottom to absorb water, blood, etc. Chicken ( any meat) is sitting on top of it (all kind of germs) for a few days before somebody buys it. I wouldn't just take the meat from package and cook it without proper washing.

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