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Is Salt, Pepper, and/or Sugar OK for People Who Live Gluten Free?

No Comments 22 December 2016

All three items are OK for people who live gluten free. Of course, there are “rules” related to these items, but they apply to everyone. And, of course, they may be part of a product that is gluten toxic.

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Are Marshmallows Gluten Free?

No Comments 19 August 2016

Marshmallows are gluten free IF you choose an appropriate brand. The two leading manufacturers are Kraft Foods and Duomark. Both firms advertise that there operations are totally gluten free.Click here for details.

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Is Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Available?

No Comments 07 March 2015

Yes indeed, gluten free sourdough bread is a possibility,  particularly for folks who are willing to bake it at home. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Cheerios Coming Soon!

No Comments 13 February 2015

Gluten free Cheerios will appear on grocery shelves this summer!  Continue Reading

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Gluten Free vs. Gluten Friendly

No Comments 21 November 2014

The terms “gluten free” and “gluten friendly” are NOT  interchangeable. Continue Reading

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Omission Beer and the Dilemma it has Created

No Comments 08 October 2014

Although Omission Beer tests out at less than 5 ppm gluten, it may-or-may-not be safe for people who live gluten free. Continue Reading

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Breyers Ice Cream Now Labelled Gluten Free

No Comments 06 October 2014

Breyers Ice Cream recently announced that it is relabeling 36 flavor of ice cream to identify them as gluten free. Click here to read the complete list. The article stresses that these are not new products, they are simply new labels. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Shopping in Supermarkets

No Comments 16 August 2014

When shopping for gluten free products in your local supermarket, keep these points in mind: Continue Reading

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New Gluten Free Labeling Rules Implemented

No Comments 09 August 2014

Americans who live gluten free now have an official definition of ‘gluten free’. After seven years discussion, the Food and Drug Administration has finally implemented its decision last Tuesday, August 5. Here are the highlights: Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Sourdough Bread, Pancakes, and Waffles

No Comments 11 July 2014

People who live gluten free are able to enjoy gluten free bread, toast, pancakes, and waffles. Products are available on-line and in at least one bakery chain, and there are recipes for cooking at home. Continue Reading

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Reading Labels from Food Packages

No Comments 17 May 2014

Every food item manufactured in the United States is required to have a list of ingredients on its wrapper or package. People who live gluten free are cautioned to “read every ingredient label every time” in case the manufacturers have changed the ingredients, which they have every right to do. That’s excellent advice, IF the label reader know which ingredients are toxics and which are safe. Continue Reading

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Is Chocolate Gluten Free?

1 Comment 17 March 2014

Chocolate is naturally gluten free. Our only concern is that the chocolate treats that we all love generally include other ingredients.  Continue Reading

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Truth in Gluten Free Advertising

No Comments 11 March 2014

The FDA has officially defined ‘gluten free’ as it applies to food packaging, but what has happened with regard to newspaper, magazine, or television advertising? Continue Reading

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Is Omission Beer Safe for People who Live Gluten Free?

No Comments 25 January 2014

The safety of Omission Beer is a hotly-debated debated. The Celiac Sprue Association has announced that “… Omission Beer has met the stringent requirements for earning the organization’s Recognition Seal.” The problem is that barley malt is an ingredient but that the manufacturer has successfully rendered that ingredient non-toxic and totally harmless. The press release is titled “Celiac Sprue Association Recognizes Omission Recognizes Omission Beer as Risk-Free for CeliacsContinue Reading

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Are Ancient Grains Gluten Free?

1 Comment 17 January 2014

Ancient grains are those that “have been around, unchanged, for millenniums. ” This does not automatically make them ‘safe’, of course. but people who live gluten free will frequently encounter these somewhat-unfamiliar names and need to know how to resond.

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Gluten Free Eggnog

No Comments 04 December 2013

Eggnog is available to everyone, including those who live gluten free and those who must avoid casein and/or dairy free foods. Even people who cannot tolerate eggs can join in this holiday tradition. Liquor is listed in many recipes, but always with the statement that these ingredients are optional.

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Gluten Free Cranberry Sauce

No Comments 03 December 2013

These articles provide a total total 13 cranberry sauce recipes that have no gluten-toxic ingredients

Top Ten Gluten Free Cranberry Sauce Precipices

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Gluten Free Gravy

No Comments 23 November 2013

These gluten free gravy recipes may be useful to you as you plan meals for the holidays. The titles are more-or-less interchangeable but may help you decide which ones to consult first.

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Is Hummus Gluten Free?

No Comments 21 November 2013

Hummus is a dip made freom ground chickpeas and sesame paste (often called tanini). It is usually enhanced by flavorings and spices. The only possible issue is the result of cross-contamination or the flavorings and spices that may be added. You can control both problems by preparing the dish in your safe kitchen and being aware of what your are adding to ‘improve’ the dish.

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Seasoned Salt Gluten Free

No Comments 16 November 2013

Finding gluten free seasoned salt for your holiday meals should not be a problem. The McCormick website (which include Lawrey’s) posts 535 gluten free recipes most of who require seasoned salt of some sort. Morton’s lists dozens of gluten free products in its FAQ section.

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Is Turkey Gluten Free?

No Comments 09 November 2013

Turkey, like all meat, is naturally gluten free. Be aware of things that might have been added in processing. This article lists six companies that have affirmed that their products are totally OK for people who live gluten free.

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Is Cranberry Sauce Gluten Free?

No Comments 30 October 2013

Ready-to-eat cranberry sauce is available. Ocean Spray states that its cranberry sauce is gluten free but also admits that it accepts the providers statement without doing any further testing. Cranberries are naturally gluten free, of course, and it is easy to do-it-yourself. Your holiday cranberry sauce will be safer and tastier than any sauce from a can.

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Your Gluten Free Holiday Dinner … The Dressing or Stuffing

No Comments 27 October 2013

The terms ‘gluten free dressing’ and ‘gluten free stuffing’ are often used interchangeably, but to me there is a great difference. ‘Stuffing’ is what we cook inside the bird and ‘dressing’ is prepared separately. Sounds obvious to me!

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Is Bologna Gluten Free?

No Comments 24 October 2013

Today, October 24, is National Bologna Day. At least three companies provide gluten free bologna: Boar’s Head, Oscar Mayer, and Tyson Foods provide gluten free bologna.

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Is Salad Dressing Gluten Free?

No Comments 22 October 2013

‘Safe’ gluten free salad dressings are available if purchase from Hidden Valley, Annie’s Naturals, or Newman’s Own. Not all their products are gluten everything is clearly labeled. Continue Reading

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Is Chewing Gum Gluten Free?

No Comments 19 October 2013

It is possible to obtain gluten free chewing gum but the process of finding it on-line is cumbersome at best. Trident and Glee are two small companies whose websites promise gluten free chewing gum.

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Is Cottage Cheese Gluten Free?

No Comments 18 October 2013

Cottage cheese is probably gluten free. The he Daisy Brands  website declares that its cottage cheese is ‘safe’. Organic Valley asserts basically the same thing, but does point out one possible problem. This more general article asserts that cottage cheese is “for the most part safe”. One point in favor of cottage cheese is that cheese slicers — a possible source of cross contamination — are not involved in manufacturing or consuming cottage cheese.

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Many Types of Gluten Free Grits

No Comments 07 September 2013

Are grits gluten free? is the most popular question received by this web site. Grits are gluten free, but there are made from corn, thus making them off-limits to many of us. The good news is that grits can also be made with amaranth, buckwheat, millet, soy, teff, or quinoa. Here are some links that may be of value to you.

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Are Potato Chips Gluten Free?

No Comments 30 August 2013

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Is Nutella Gluten Free?

No Comments 13 July 2013

Nutella is a made from hazelnut seeds and cocoa, and is much more than a gluten free alternative to peanut butter. Nutella is a great way to add taste and nutrients to your morning taste,

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Is Caramel Coloring Gluten Free?

No Comments 12 July 2013

Caramel coloring is almost certainly gluten free. To quote the statement from Gluten Free Living: “Corn is used to make caramel color in the US. The FDA permits the use of barley malt, but all the major caramel color producers say corn makes a better product.”

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Is Whipped Topping Gluten Free?

No Comments 03 July 2013

Is whipped topping gluten free? Almost certainly. I was able to track down specific information about these products:

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Are Easter Eggs Gluten Free?

Comments Off on Are Easter Eggs Gluten Free? 08 March 2013

Eggs, of course, are naturally gluten free, but you be concerned about the dyes that are used to color them. Here is an article showing how to color eggs using natural ingredients such as oranges or lemons. Since the only other  ingredient involved is distilled vinegar, there will be no problem.

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Is Food Coloring Gluten Free?

1 Comment 11 September 2012

 

Food coloring is almost certainly gluten free. The internet says very little about  that subject. I read the label on McCormick’s food coloring and found out that water is the only natural ingredient. (That raises other issues, of course, but we can say that their food coloring is gluten free.) Continue Reading

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Is Hemp Gluten Free?

3 Comments 08 June 2012

Yes, hemp is gluten free, high in fiber, and a great source of protein. Times change! When I was a child, hemp fiber was used to make rope. I understand that the Declaration of Independence was written on paper containing help fiber. When I was a young man, the words ‘hemp’ and ‘marijuana’ were synonymous. Today, it is illegal to grow hemp in the United States but we are welcome to import it. We are not allowed to buy or sell it in raw form.

This video is from the Today show in 2006. The speaker (obviously a salesman for food made with hemp) referred to hemp as “the hottest trend in foods”.

The hemp being used in gluten free food is officially referred to as “industrial grade hemp. Apparently, it is very different from the form of hemp that many of us are familiar with. Have a look at this video, which repeats much of what I have been saying. One interesting thing about it is that it was recorded in a Whole Foods Market, a highly-regarded source of food that is ‘safe’ in every sense of that word.

Finally, check out this article that considers hemp to “another gluten free grain” and includes recipes.

 

 

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Gluten Free Laxatives and Fiber Supplements

No Comments 10 April 2012

Gluten free fiber supplements and laxatives are “no problem” for people living gluten free. Metamucil, Fibercon, and Citrucel specify in their frequently-asked-questions sections that they safe for us. Metamucil states that its fiber supplements contain <20 ppm of harmful gluten.

As far as laxatives are concerned, Fleet Laxatives, Phillips, and Senakot specify that their laxatives are gluten free. Phillips reminds us that its laxatives are not manufactured in a dedicated facility.

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Are Grits Gluten Free?

1 Comment 28 February 2012

Grits should be gluten free. Since the only grain involved is corn, a naturally gluten free product, cross-contamination accounts for any problems you find.  Bob’s Red Mill and San Gennero Foods specify that their grits are gluten free. I have used grits from Quaker for years without problems. It’s interesting to note that the company I normally call Quaker Oats now labels itself with the single word ‘Quaker’.

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Is Tofu Gluten Free?

No Comments 08 January 2012

Yes! Tofu is soy bean protein plus a curdling agent and is therefore gluten free (as well as vegetarian and vegan) unless wheat-based soy sauce or some other off-limited ingredients are cooked with it.

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