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Day 2 - dealing with gluten free confusion...

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Yesterday was a big day of research for me. I thought I sent my daughter to school with a "safe" gluten free lunch, but found out that "whole grain oats" are not technically considered gluten free since oats are commonly cross-contaminated with wheat... Too bad I just bought a case of Nature Valley granola bars, thinking they were ok since they didn't have any wheat in them! Since oats seem to be so controversial regarding gluten-free or not, I'm going to keep those out of her diet at least for our 4-week experiment.

I bought lots of GF mixes and flours yesterday, so today will be a big day of baking.

Please feel free to give me any GF advice (snack ideas, recipes, web links, etc) - I can definitely use it!
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LILY_SPARK 5/9/2013 10:46AM

    I wouldn't try Nature Valley, personally.

I'm Celiac and not goofing around about it. I say that because I know people who SAY they're Celiac and I don't get it. They'll voluntarily eat pizza and then say, 'I felt bloated for like 2 hours and got a headache.'

I'd be sick in bed (or in the bathroom) with symptoms of FOOD POISONING for 3-5 days. Hang on, and that's not for eating a KNOWN food but after somebody used the same gloves preparing my gf salad with lettuce they also get out to put on sandwiches, therefore, the gloves TOUCH bread.

You don' t need to see particles to cross-contaminate me.

So, it's REALLY clear whether something is in or not to me! And I'd never knowingly contaminate myself. It happens accidentally a few times a year and that's too much.

All that said: I have eaten Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and never been contaminated. They don't guarantee theirs but it hasn't happened. That said, I seem to do better with ZERO grains (rice and oats are my only 'safe' ones, corn & tapioca, which isn't actually a grain but is used as a replacement CAN be eaten but they mess up my guts -- you'll notice, I still eat them but try to make that rare as it does goof me up).

If you have a Trader Joe's, you can buy gf oats in their cereal aisle (in a powder blue bag). I'm not saying poison your daughter with Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (I would NEVER eat their processed foods, like bars!!!!) but they haven't harmed me (beyond any grain doesn't go great).

Good luck!

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PJ2222 5/9/2013 9:18AM

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LEESHAK_ 5/9/2013 9:16AM

    gluten free can be hard to find!

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