Way too funny! My cards were in my diaper bag but we have outgrown the diaper bag so I just remembered TODAY to put them in my purse! It's a darn good thing we go to the same places most of the time! :)
I have to say that I have more confidence when I have them with me... I'm sure my daughter is less likely to get "glutened" when I use them!
I have the restaurant cards from Triumphdining.com. I used them at first, but find myself going to the same restaurants where the manager knows about my requirements. I also go out maybe once every two weeks - so not very often.
I have a card in my wallet at all times ... and then forget to use it too! lol But I'm glad to have it - It's helpful and says it for you without having to talk about it again. Even though you do anyway: The manager's will have questions. I'm not an adventurous eater - usually get salmon and veggies.
Abuelo's Mexican restaurant (http://www.abuelos.com/newmap.asp) has a celiac chef in KS and he's shared some non-approved by corporate recipes with the chef in OK -- best food I've had in 18 months. I was so grateful to have a sauce on my food! lol (sorry, off topic). They were accomodating at the restaurant, that's my point. The card helped me.
Be curious! Health is wealth, I wanna be stinking rich!
Martha, have you ever used the restaurant cards? I have not seen them yet, but want to order them. One suppose to give the card to waiter to give it to chef so he understands the medical reason for request and knows how to prepare food without contaminating.
Anyone ever used the restaurant cards? I'm curious.
GOOD FOR YOU for being gluten free for so long! I struggle with this a lot, especially now while we're traveling. When I order a salad in a restaurant and specifically say no croutons and they bring it out WITH and then I remind them, they take it back, pick off the croutons, bring it out, and I start to eat, and there at the bottom is a crouton! and crumbs! It is SO frustrating! I do pack my own foods but we're away for 2 weeks, so it's been difficult. Much easier eating at home... On another note, I often call manufacturers and check with them about cross-contamination. Invariably, their representatives are very polite and respond honestly. I believe this helps them to consider their actions, too.
Yes I'm aware of all that. I've been gluten free for 26 years. If I elimited products that are produced in facilities that also process gluten products, I would have little to eat all these years. For several years I did not eat any commercially produced foods but I needed a life! Many products labelled Gluten Free are produced in facilites that also produced gluten lines. Just a fact of the current manufacturing environment. I do expect it to change over the next five years. Each person has to make decisions for themselves. My point is the misinformation and misunderstandings about products and production.
my experience is that the manufacturer is listing on label if the product was made in the same facility where they process wheat, tree nuts, soy +etc therefore contamination is more likely.
Nature's Path has a few products GF and they state that on the box. EnviroKids is moslty GF
my own rule of tumb is: 1. known ingredients (knowledge is key) = YES 2. see clearly GLUTEN FREE on the box = YES 3. product was made in the same facility where they process wheat, tree nuts, soy +etc = NO NO 4. if i am not sure = NO, i do not buy it.
there was a new law in US which came out Jan 2006 which required manufacturers to state clearly with the ingredients if the product contains any one of the allergen, like: tree nuts, soy, peanuts, wheat, eggs, etc, etc...
Thanks Carmen but the question was not of which brands but of the production process. Where are they puffed? Is wheat puffed in the same place? How do they claim they are gluten free? I found the answer for Lundberg on their website - http://www.lundberg.com/company/fac_rice cake.shtml where they describe the process.
While following up further, I found Nature's Path Puffed Rice on the Gluten free list posted by a natural foods grocer. It is not gluten free and is stated as such by the manufacturer: "Nature's Path puffed bagged cereals - puffed rice, puffed millet, puffed corn & puffed kamut - are NOT gluten free due to the chance of cross contamination in the separate factory where they are produced." Their gluten free products are listed at http://www.kintera.org/site/pp.asp?c=ewK 0LjP7E&b=2905169
I had this thought lately after trying a plain Quaker Rice cake. - according to the ICORS listserve, all puffed rice is done in one facility with the puffed wheat, therefore wheat flour flying around. That is why Nature's Path Puffed Rice Cereal is not GF - Quaker Rice Cakes are made from Puffed Rice - therefore, unless they ahve their own facility and separate from the wheat, all Puffed Rice Cakes are contaminated with gluten! I kept feeling funky and after eating a package, I realized it was probably the rice cakes. Since gluten at those levels do not give clear signals to me, I can't say for sure but they are permanently off my list of foods now.
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