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  1. If I may, Id like to comment on this 9½ year old (until yesterday) thread. I'm not a food chemist, or expert, so this is just my opinion.


    I don't use artificial sweeteners. Not because of any health concerns, but because they don't taste good to me. I just can't abide 'em. lol. However, I'm very fond of Truvia. This is not an artificial sweetener, it's an "alternative" sweetener. Yes, it's a processed product, but to one extent or another, so is sugar, agave nectar, molasses, etc. I can't stand any other stevia product, too bitter. But Truvia solves that problem. They extract only the palatable part of the steeped stevia leaves. Then blend with some sugar alcohols (which are also "natural"). The result being a processed, but not artificial sweetener. 


    Walmart sells a similar, generic product with the same taste, as far as I can tell. But, I don't like it because it's a very fine powder. When  you pour it, you get that floating powder taste in your nose. Truvia has crystals about the same size as sugar.  


    best regards, larry mac

  2. Just had a dream last night where I ordered a hamburger, without bun, at a fast food restaurant, and saw the food preparer make it with a bun, and then take the bun off. I said "hey, that will make me very sick". Next thing I know, I'm eating a hamburger with the bun! And really tearing into it! lol. Yeah, I know, my dreams are crazy, and make no sense.


    Hope you enjoy your gluten-free burger. The last gluten-free burger I had was at Red Robin. It was their signature cheeseburger, with bacon, and a fried egg. It was the messiest thing I've ever had. Every bite was followed by face and hand wiping, luckily they have large, heavy duty napkins. lol. An absolutely insane burger! My experience was most likely enhanced by one of their "adult" milkshakes! lol


    best regards, larry mac

  3. Gluten makes my gut hurt, ever since I pulled that out of my system, I no longer have painfull bowl pain before I got to go. That one thing I had most of my life. thought it was one of my intestines out of wack. After pulling gluten out, Lactose now makes me sick unless its been cooked. Cant drink it strait, makes me sick. Soy puts me in a bad place, strips something out of my cells because I dont have an allergic reaction that Im aware of, my entire body looses the ability to function correctly. Fog,sort term memory loss and feeling lost. just want to crawl into a hole and die.

    Have you had any medical tests or clinical diagnosis?


    best regards, larry mac

  4. Hi Aimee, I'm sorry I don't have any advice for you. However, I'd like to add my support to keep searching for answers. You're far too young to be having these serious health problems. I too suffered for over two years before I finally found a doctor that had the expertise to help me. I didn't have the same problems as you do, and I feel for you. But I lost over 40 pounds and had constant gastrointestinal distress before I was successfully diagnosed. I'm sure there is a light at the end of the long road to wellness. You will get there!


    I will be praying for you, and hope you find a Doctor that can help you finally find some relief, and happiness.


    best regards, larry mac

  5. Tried the Cheeseburger Macaroni last night. It needed doctoring up IMO, just like the mac & cheese. I added some cheddar, some Velveeta, lots more milk, some seasonings, some sour cream, and a little gluten-free Kikkomans soy sauce. It was pretty good, even reheated today (with more milk). Oh, and it required twice the cooking time as stated in the instructions.


    Probably could have just made it from scratch. lol.


    bests regards, larry mac

  6. I shop at Walmart almost every day, and dislike Aldi's. Tried the great value brand mac & cheese last night. The mac does swell up like crazy like someone mentioned. The cheese powder was typical store brand mediocre, I prefer using Krafts cheese packets, and just throwing their noodles away. I had to doctor it up myself, but it was dirt cheap, compared to other gluten-free products.


    The cookies were pretty tasty, if a little crumbly. But again, very inexpensive.


    I'm very excited to see WM start offering these products. They are obviously procured by them from some of the same manufacturers we are buying other gluten-free products from. But, at a much lower final price. 


    Things are looking up for us. Eight years ago I would have been shocked to see the availability of products we can now find at our local store.


    best regards, larry mac

  7. Yep, I skipped the biopsy because I had positive tTG IgA and EMA IgA. I looked at the specificity of those tests and decided that was good enough for me. Plus, I knew that the biopsies are not perfect and have heard too many stories about people who doubted their diagnosis just because one out of three tests (the biopsy) was negative.

    First I've heard of that. Where did you read that one out of three are negative? Are you referring to the visual part of the endoscopy that examines your villi, or the biopsy samples?


    And what about the people who have doubted their own self-diagnosis because they didn't get a biopsy. Not to mention, you may not be taken seriously is you just self-diagnose.


    best regards, larry mac 

  8. That's a classic NoGlutenCooties!


    Here's one that might be called a Freudian slip in reverse. I dreamed I was at a restaurant/bar/club, and a beautiful, sexy woman sat down and started talking to me. Flirting in a very provocative way. She had a short dress on, and I started gently touching her legs. Then I said "your skin is so beautiful, feels like rolls"! Then I woke up.


    I can't even have a wet dream without lusting after real bread instead! 


    best regards, larry mac


    Larry Mac, from the very sources you cited:


    Maltodextrin can be enzymatically derived from any starch. In the US, this starch is usually corn;
    And citric acid:
    In this production technique, which is still the major industrial route to citric acid used today, cultures of A. niger are fed on a sucrose or glucose-containing medium to produce citric acid. The source of sugar is corn steep liquor, molasses, hydrolyzed corn starch or other inexpensive sugary solutions
    Believe me, I am so sensitive to corn I have done TONS of research and I KNOW what a corn intolerant person can and can't have. The last time I had something with cirtic acid (which because of the cheapness of corn is almost ALWAYS from corn here in the US), I spent hours in the bathroom, then ended up with a drop in my body's core temperature and had muscle spasms for hours.
    I would never tell a celiac person that they could eat something that most likely had wheat in it. Telling corn intolerant people they can eat something like velveeta which DOES contain corn is NOT a good idea.


    I completely agree with you about me making any statements concerning what a corn intolerant person may eat. That's not my area of expertise, as it were. And I apologize. I wouldn't have even read that post if it had been in a forum thread devoted to "other insensitivities/intolerances" etc. Corn intolerance is not Celiac Disease. Many believe they are soy, casien/dairy, corn, cheese intolerant. And I'm probably leaving some others out here. It's very unfortunate, and I'm not unsympathetic of them. I just don't have the time and energy to follow everything. I'd rather just focus on Celiac Disease. You know, wheat, barely, and rye.


    I'm guessing, and I'll defer to you on this, that as with Celiacs, there's a wide range in degree of corn intolerance. Some Celiacs, I'd say most, can eat foods that don't contain any listed gluten ingredients. And others are so sensitive that they must take exteme measures to avoid any possible exposure, no matter how infinitesimally small and unlikely that may be.  


    Because of my ignorance of corn intolerance, I took one look at Velveeta's ingredients and didn't see any obvious corn.  And then when I looked up the three were discussing, I still didn't see any actual corn in the finished products. Just because a culture is grown on a medium, doesn't necessarily mean there's any of that medium left in the finished product. For instance, from those same sources, it states that even when Maltodextrin is derived from wheat, no wheat protein is left in the finished product. 


    But I digress from the business at hand. And that's me getting out of the corn business. 


    Again, please accept my sincere apologies. I promise to butt out of any corn business from now on.


    best regards, larry mac 

  10. Hubbs made some dip for "The Game" He went out and got the gooey cheese, some burger , used some of my canned Salsa and Pickled Peppers. I looked at the can of gooey cheese and yup corn in it... There was a bowl right by me! I said you guys don't know how bad I want to dig into this! I am moving it out of my reach! Lol Hubbs was nice and sent it home with the kids. Whew!! I was sick the day before. I was going to make something I could eat and share at game time. But it just didn't happen. Just a lil something I miss!! I handled it tho :)

    Why not use Velveeta? It doesn't contain any corn ingredients. BTW, this isn't a "Coping with Celiac Disease" issue, per se. It is a  "Other Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut Issues" topic. Just saying. 


    best regards, larry mac

  11. My wife always bought a bunch of cookies when her niece was in Girl Scouts. Luckily she's grown up now. Thin mints were my least favorite. Just never have liked hardly anything mint. I did like the Trefoils, Thanks-a-Lots, Samoas, and Tagalongs.


    It's my understanding that the gluten-free ones are only to be offered in certain regions of the country, and only for table sales. 


    best regards, larry mac

  12. Happened to in Kroger and remembered this thread. So I checked and there weren't any gluten ingredients in their rotisserie chickens. 


    Same for Walmart. Walmart rotisserie chickens used to have bread crumbs in the rub, but that was years ago. We practically live on those Walmart chickens. Ours doesn't have any disclaimers on the rotisserie chicken "thingy". Would that be the cooker, or the hot kiosk? lol.


    best regards, larry mac