We posted these info morsels a while ago on the AvoidGluten FB. In case you overlooked the info there, it is worth repeating:
Allergy and/or Contamination Alert: Xanthan gum, Guar gum, Locustbean gum (carob) are used in most “glutenfree” labeled products. These include: flour mixes, cookies, breads, etc. as binders as well as in yoghurts, ice creams and other dairy products, chewing gums, drinks, cosmetics, and more.
Here is why you want to stay away from these Gums – not only if you are trying to be glutenfree…
Gluten Contamination ALERT:
- “Xanthan and Guar Gums – Xanthan gum is created by the fermentation of corn sugar with the same bacteria that creates the black spots on cauliflower and broccoli.
- Xanthan gum is used to prevent oil separation and is found, along with guar gum, in foods such as ice cream. Many people are allergic to xanthan gum as it can be a derivative of corn, wheat and soy.”
- => Stay away from glutenfree labeled products containing Xanthan Gum since it is produced on corn, soy or wheat and may be contaminated!
- Warning: “Residual wheat gluten has been detected in the xanthan gum made on the wheat substrate.” http://www.allallergy.net/fapaidfind.cfm?cdeoc=2322
- may not be tolerated by those sensitive to gluten, especially if also experiencing reactions to fruit-latex and legumes…
“Mainly used in the paper, food, cosmetic, pharmaceutic, textile, printing, polishing and atomic metal processing industries. Also used as a thickener and emulsion stabilizer. Suspending agent. Bulking agent. Binder for meats, cheese spreads, etc. Keeps tablets bound. Used in toiletries. It is a fixing agent for colors and is used in carpet manufacturing to adhere the dye to fiber. In the process of making carpets, the guar gum can be easily aerosolized.”
Gluten Cross-reaction ALERT:
Locust Bean Gum / Carob
as thickener due to its coffee like properties. (Coffee often is misinterpreted by the immune system as gluten!)
- “…which interfere with the body’s utilization of protein.”
“The ingestion of carob bean gum caused a significant reduction in the absorption of Ca, Fe and Zn…”
- “…warned that use of a carob seed preparation as a thickener could cause loose, gelatinous stools of sufficient frequency to warrant temporary withdrawal.”
So, What Replaces these “Gum” Thickeners?
- Ground Chia seed
- Ground Salvia seed
Both bind beautifully and even act as egg replacers (1Tbsp = 1 egg).
Grind your own to preserve their high omega-3 and nutritional benefits.
Chia and Saliva seed are available in good Health Food stores.
Their is no such thing as a complete list of foods and other items that contain gluten.
Food, Drug and Supplement manufacturers regularly change their ingredients, mislabel, misinterpret, change their suppliers or recall products.
For this reason, we (and recently also the Gluten Free Society) have long suggested for genetically HLA-DQ typed non-celiac and/or celiac gluten sensitive individuals to avoid processed and packaged foods and eating out as much as possible. Pack your own lunch, snack or dinner and enjoy without worries!
Glutenfree Prescription Medicines
(check every new Rx batch with the manufacturer and ask for detailed ingredient list in order for you to verify against above lists) http://www.glutenfreedrugs.com/list.htm
Global awareness about Celiac disease (CD) is growing—unfortunately, along with some rather unhelpful perceptions.
It doesn’t help that ”celiac disease” has become a generic blanket term not unlike how “Kleenex” today signifies no more than a box of tissue paper of any brand. So, in the public mind, “celiac disease” today stands for everything connected to a reaction to gluten.[i]
In an attempt to bring some clarity to the medical community, the world’s leading celiac minds recently met for an international convention in Oslo, Norway.[ii] During that convention, and after considering many of the most commonly used terms, they recognized the presence of genetic, predisposing patterns and called for a distinction between “celiac disease” versus “gluten-related disorders.”[iii]
However, even this latest attempt at coordinating nomenclature bears several major flaws:
1) It will take possibly years for the new distinctions to become accepted throughout the international medical community.
2) Recognizing a term such as “gluten-related disorders” calls for a total revamping of our medical and diagnostic systems in order for the large number (so far about 160) of autoimmune and other disorders to be recognized as gluten-related.
Additional questions arise:
3) “Celiac” is not (yet) a disease but a metabolic predisposition, i.e. the body’s inability to digest certain grain proteins; much like a gasoline fueled car will not be confronted with diesel fuel.
A genetic predisposition to celiac only becomes a disease (e.g. celiac disease) if the body’s inability to digest gluten and certain other grain proteins is ignored.
In other words, an individual genetic predisposition to celiac only develops into full blown disease if that particular individual does not adhere to a glutenfree diet (GFD) and lifestyle.
4) Some of the “celiac” patients, previously diagnosed with the typical celiac intestinal biopsy findings, on genetic testing turn out to carry “gluten-related disorder” and not “celiac disease” alleles.
Where does this leave them on the new “celiac disease” versus “gluten-related disorder” specter?
Moreover, where is the good intention for a more precise distinction? It appears that more work needs to be done ahead of defining medical terminology and disease pictures.
Until then, whenever one of my patients receives a positive gene test, I will adhere for now to the terms of non-celiac or celiac gluten sensitivity (NCCGS). This terminology refers solely to the underlying toxic effect of gluten rather than the possibly resulting disorders that may be based on other, additional triggers as well.
Most importantly, I will make sure to instill in my patients that disease is not the inevitable outcome of their genetic predisposition, and that a glutenfree diet and lifestyle allows for avoidance, control, and perhaps even reversal of a complex web of interrelated conditions and disorders, both for non-celiac and for celiac gluten sensitive disorders.
Ann Intern Med. 2012 Feb 21;156(4):309-11. Nonceliac gluten sensitivity: sense or sensibility?
Gut. 2012 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print] The Oslo definitions for coeliac disease and related terms.
Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2010;152(1):75-80. Epub 2009 Nov 24. Differential mucosal IL-17 expression in two gliadin-induced disorders: gluten sensitivity and the autoimmune enteropathy celiac disease.
Rethink your Health – Rethink your Breakfast
For decades, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) has suggested orange juice and cornflakes with milk (and sugar) for breakfast…
Then along came the Health Craze and updated the same S.A.D. breakfast to include freshly squeezed organic orange juice and fresh fruit topped with low fat, high carb yoghurt over muesli packed with grains, raisins and nuts, honey or sugar, all roasted in oil. While using healthier ingredients, suddenly we ended up with more calories and a whole lot more carbohydrates.
The unpleasant result of good intentions:
a sugar, starch and fat bonanza that promotes, inflammation, cravings among weight gain, hormone imbalances amid general ill health.
If there is any time for low carbohydrates, it is breakfast.
#1 Rule: Breakfast is Protein Time
Think ahead: Cook a little extra salmon, chicken or other light meat for dinner the evening before.
Breakfast Idea #1:
· Egg-feast: Gently heat the shredded or finely sliced protein in the skillet. For a change, add a handful of chopped veggies. Add, the lightly beaten egg(s), cover, and finish into an omelet.
Breakfast Idea #2:
· Boiled Eggs: Either chopped or whole, served with lettuce leafs or the protein almond crackers (see below).
Breakfast Idea #3:
· Swiss Greens: Heat up a skillet. Meanwhile, coarsely chop a head of romaine lettuce or a few ribs of Swiss chard with lots of greens, Chinese Yuk choy, or other leafy greens. Add a little olive oil to the skillet. Add a handful of almonds and the greens. Cover and finish on low-medium heat for 5-6 minutes. — The romaine turns slightly crisp and sweet and the almonds will be pleasantly roasted.
Breakfast Idea #4:
· Egg-free: Wrap meat protein leftovers in a nori sushi wrapper, a leaf of romaine lettuce, Belgian endive or radicchio. — Make a “veggie mayo” from your cooked veggie leftovers, peas, chickpeas, carrots, celeriac, sweet potatoes, avocados, etc.
Breakfast Idea #5:
· Almond Crackers/Cookies: This batter takes 2 minutes to make while the oven heats up.
Grind a handful of almonds with a teaspoon of flaxseed, chia or salba seed in your coffee grinder of magic bullet. Blend in a little sea salt, a teaspoon of glutenfree baking powder, and a heaping tablespoon or two of gf arrowroot flour or gf tapioca flour or gf rice flour. Then mix in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and sufficient water to turn it into a paste to drop by the spoonful onto a large flat cookie sheet. The thicker the batter, the “meatier” the crackers or cookies; the thinner the batter, the thinner and crispier the crackers. Bake at 350F for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.
— Enjoy with an easy homemade olive tapanade, avocado or tuna-artichoke heart guacamole, peanut or almond butter, etc.
Proteins for breakfast up your brainpower, energy, a lasting feeling of satiety and a good mood to boot.
Learn more about the Paleo Diet.
Beware of Hidden Toxins:
Not all Products in Commercial GF Foods are Healthy
- Product batches are not tested (i.e. measured) in a lab to confirm the absence of gluten and gluten contaminants, such as to confirm <20 ppm (US) or <10 ppm (Canada). – (ppm = parts per mill)
- Ingredients such as quinoa, rice, or legumes (all considered free of gluten) may have been contaminated during shipping in trucks that previously have shipped wheat or barley.
- Suppliers may have changed and the manufacturer has failed to verify the gluten status of new batches of ingredients. This is a common issue also in the manufacturing practices of medications and supplements.
- Declarations such as modified…, natural…, spices, flavors, etc. are suspicious and may contain hidden gluten that does not need to be declared separately.
- Who knows how many wheat crumbs from their lunch sandwich adhere to a worker’s clothes in a dedicated glutenfree factory.
e.g. Dipotassium Phosphate
Q: Many people are allergic to dairy as well as Gluten. The allergies seem to go hand in hand. Why is that?
The Short Answer:
- every gluten molecule contains 15 receptor sites for Opioid Exorphins
- every casein molecule contains 8 receptor sites for Opioid Exorphins
Both, glutens and casein, are addictive (their morphine/opioid connection!)
The (medium) Long Answer:
- inflammation (acute and/or chronic, i.e. build-up over time)
- -> over time leading to leaky gut syndrome
- -> food and environmental toxins being dumped directly into the bloodstream
As a result the body tries to quench the inflammation:
- leaching of calcium from bones and teeth to buffer blood pH value
- -> bone loss, tooth enamel loss, osteopenia, osteoporosis
- -> rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia
All this leads to…
- lack of mineral, nutrient absorption
- -> physical / mental weakness, tiredness, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.
- -> sleep disturbance
- -> heart irregularities, anxiety
- kidney issues, UTI
- shortness of breath, asthma, allergies
Over time the system develops…
- weakened immune system
- thyroid and adrenal issues
- fertility problems
- skin issues
These days it is so easy to “test” for the necessary underlying genes that predispose an individual to gluten and/or casein sensitivity. When we know if our body runs on “gasoline” or on “diesel” we will be able to avoid most health issues by feeding the body the right fuel.
Comment of a dog owner newly switched to RAW feeding:
I think the raw diet (still with some kibble as I am transitioning them) is affecting [my two big dogs’] behavior. Both seem more relaxed and less hyper. Hmmm… I really hope that this is the case in the long term.
Dearest Doggy Friend,
good observation. A dog fed a natural diet will be happier and healthier. That is exactly why many of us more experienced dog owners have been feeding RAW for decades.
Not to worry, you will never see your dogs’ behavior revert unless you put them back on commercial CRAP food (CRAP = Cereal Reinforced Altered Protein – one of those 1960s misguided and destructive marketing ploys praised to make our life easier).
Dogs simply are not grain eaters.
- like us gluten-sensitivity or celiac individuals, dogs lack the enzyme needed to digest grains and any of the carbohydrates.
- neither can dogs handle the sugar boost they get from being fed any starches/carbohydrates.
- to be digested, grains and starches need saliva and lots of chewing (IF the necessary enzyme is available to process them past the stomach!). I have yet to see a dog chew!
For comparison in people – 101 of Anatomy and Physiology:
carbs are digested in the mouth – proteins in the stomach – fats in the small intestines.
Why do you think cancer tumor rates in dogs have gone up?
– (sugar feeds cancer cells)
Why do you think there are so many more fat dogs?
– (excess sugar stores in fat cells)
Why do you think diabetes rates in dogs are going up exponentially?
– (not only can dogs not process starches, they also don’t produce the amount of insulin needed to move carbohydrates/sugars into the cells where they could be converted into energy)
Why do you think so many dogs develop stomach ulcers?
– (wolves don’t!)
Why do you think there are more dogs with behavioral issues?
– (comparable to ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, etc.)
Why do you think so many dogs are on ritalin or antidepressants?
Why do you think so many dogs are developing epileptic seizures?
– (same in people many of whom now are being diagnosed with underlying gluten-sensitivity or celiac disease instead)
Why do you think so many dogs develop tendon and bone issues?
– (mineral imbalances, lack of mineral absorption and dog-appropriate nutrients)
Why do you think veterinarians are starting to diagnose celiac disease in dogs?
– (stunning to see the growing number of articles in DVM journals)
It is no day too soon for you to make the transition to
RAW FOR YOUR DOGS.
I have been diagnosed with celiac disease and follow a 100% gluten-free lifestyle. Many symptoms have improved but more or less acute pain is still part of my day. Why do I still experience intense itching, skin (and possibly gut) ulcers and other signs?
Gluten intolerance often is accompanied by additional sensitivities and/or allergies. One such allergy is that to aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid) and foods containing natural salicylic acid.
We used to put the percentage of those at risk of experiencing or developing gluten intolerance and/or Celiac disease at 43% of the North-American population due to the presence of certain inherited genetic factors. These days, rates of 81% are being rumored. — Presumably, therefore, aspirin reactions may be more frequent too.
Whatever the percentage, the patient numbers being diagnosed with gluten intolerance or full-blown Celiac disease (CD) are growing exponentially. Even, just last summer, Health Canada stated “today, Celiac disease is the most common chronic disease worldwide; even more common than diabetes…”
Carrying one or several of the gluten intolerance causing genes means that a person lacks the enzymes required to digest gluten grains and possibly cope with other substances such as salicylic acid containing foods.
Unfortunately, this has led widely to suggestions of supplementing enzymes. Since we cannot yet duplicate the specific enzymes though, this is a very simplistic and, in fact, possibly dangerous approach. Recently, more monkeys have been found to show all the typical celiac disease genes and symptoms and signs to improve only on the 100% glutenfree diet. We thus can expect more research along these lines in the near future.
In many of our earlier blogs we have discussed how to avoid gluten and where it is found. We also have mentioned how many common and otherwise healthy foods may trigger allergic reactions in celiacs. Here, we would like to address a reason behind accompanying allergies to those common foods.
The most common allergen substance for gluten intolerant or celiac patients is salicylic acid. Sounds familiar? Remember that highly praised aspirin? The “a baby aspirin a day keeps the doctor away” statement may be far from the truth for many individuals who develop new challenges after starting treatment with this synthetic form (acetylsalicylic acid = aspirin) of the birch bark-derived salicylic acid. Many celiacs thus must avoid aspirin.
But birch bark, where salicylic acid occurs naturally, is not the only place to watch out for. Salicylic acid is also found as a possible allergen in many of our “healthy” foods; foods that may have to be avoided if you are sensitive to aspirin as a result of gluten intolerance factors.
Salicylic Acid (Aspirin like) Allergenic Foods:
Fruits and Berries: Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Melon, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Plums, Prunes, Blackberries, Boysenberries, Currants, Dewberries, Gooseberries, Grapes, dried Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries.
Vegetables: Avocados, Cucumbers, green Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Tomatoes.
Other: Almonds, Cloves, Olives, Pickles.
Condiments and Processed Foods (even some glutenfree products!): Biscuits, Cakes and Cake mixes, Cereals, Crackers, Muffins, Pastries, green and yellow Candies, Cocoa and hot Chocolate mixes, Corned Beef, Gum, Gelatin, Jell-O, Ketchup, Margarine, Mayonnaise, Salad dressings, Tabasco, Tartar sauce, and others.
Unlike gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, (acetyl)salicylic acid allergy is a true allergy. This means that the more of these foods, salicylic acid face washes and/or aspirin products an individual is exposed to the greater the likelihood for them to develop allergic reactions.
Should you suspect any of these triggers the way to go is to follow a strict elimination diet. Start out by avoiding everything listed above for two weeks while following your glutenfree diet. Then, for a couple of days at a time, include one of these products in your daily regimen. All going well, add something else after a few days. If any reaction occurs eliminate the culprit for now.
Just to clarify: this process of elimination and slow re-introduction will not work for gluten-containing products because gluten intolerance is determined by your genetic background, which cannot be overcome.
Only you can make the decision about what will work best for you and your body. Raising relevant questions is important. Have your doctor help you or consult with a qualified natural medicine professional before you decide on your customized plan of action.