I stumbled upon this product today in the pharmacy department at Walmart called Gluten Cutter. It immediately caught my attention because as far as I knew there was nothing available that allows a person with gluten sensitivity to eat gluten. I have heard of vaccines but nothing that you could buy over-the-counter.
The box states that “Gluten Cutter helps digest wheat, dairy, and other grains”. The box then explains what gluten is, where it can be found, and how their product is supposed to circumvent the negative effects of gluten. The secret sauce appears to be in their proprietary blend of enzymes named GCX50. There is no explanation how this magic enzyme actually executes this previously impossible feat. The box is very clear in stating that these claims have NOT been evaluated by the FDA so… good luck! We hope it doesn’t make your symptoms worse!
Well, Does It Really Work?
The jury seems to still be out on that one. In reviews on Amazon.com one reviewer states:
Works for gluten intolerance – I have been gluten-free for 2 1/2 years. I have tried this product twice and I was able to eat bakery products with wheat flour in them without getting sick to my stomach. – By M. Wheeler – May 27, 2013
But then someone else comes along with the opposite review: read more…
Being on a gluten free diet seems to have gone mainstream now as Udi’s gluten free products are now available at Walmart. I got an email from them announcing it but they also posted the great news on Twitter as well:
Great news @Walmart fans, our #glutenfree breads are now available at select Walmart stores! Sandwiches are back! – Tweet link
Hopefully now that more places are carrying Udi’s there will be more completion between stores which will bring the prices down.
Hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone!
OH HAPPY DAY!!! I accidentally stumbled upon a teriyaki jerky that uses gluten free soy sauce. The name of the jerky is Krave Jerky and I found it at Walgreens. Not only is it gluten free but it tastes great also. They had a couple different flavors but I picked up the Smoky Grilled Teriyaki favor that uses natural pork.
Now in full disclosure, the package does not advertise the jerky to be “Certified Gluten Free”. It does list the teriyaki sauce that is used to be gluten free and the rest of the ingredients do not have gluten as well.
The next time I am at Walgreens I will be sure to try the other flavors as well. You can visit Krave Jerky’s website at KraveJerky.com.
I really feel foolish sharing this, but I want to share this so others can benefit.
What’s Been Going On?
In the last few weeks I have felt like my energy level has been tapering off. I have also been more irritable, achy, and have generally had a blah feeling. These are all the classic signs of eating gluten but I was gluten.
Or so I thought.
All this time one of the staples of my diet has had gluten all along – the Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino.
Now to be fair, I am not blaming them for telling me that it did not have gluten and then it actually did. No, I assumed it didn’t have gluten and chose it as my regular drink from there.
How Did I Come To This Assumption?
I am really not sure. What I think may have happened was that I was drinking a different flavored Frappuccino and then decided to try the Java Chip one day. I guess I thought that since the only difference was the inclusion of chocolate chips that there shouldn’t be an issue. Boy was I wrong.
No looking back it makes perfect sense that I have been feeling so crummy lately due to getting a
healthy dose of gluten every day.
Where Do I Go From Here?
I’m going to stop ordering that Frappuccino. I think I may just forego Starbucks for a while also. I had been wanting to make the switch from buying a Frapp everyday to making my own at home so this sound like a good time to do that.
This is really one of those duh moments. Oh well, I wil be more careful in not assuming that something doesn’t have gluten in it.
I ran across this interesting .pdf that talks a out some of the psychological effects of celiac disease. Things that stood out to me was the link to depression and to Autism. I already knew that there were some links, but this gives some perspective as far as nutritional deficiencies and how those contribute to these areas.
For instance in one section it quoted this info about celiac and aspergers disease:
Interestingly, the first description of Asperger syndrome was made by Hans Asperger, in 1961, and he was actually describing the behaviors of a group of 12 celiac children who he perceived as being excessively introverted, fearful of people, moody and unable to enjoy human interaction. These same children became friendly, flexible and independent thinkers after 2 years gluten-free.
It is crazy to think thy something that seems so small and insignificant can actually have such a dramatic impact.
Here is a link to the actual .pdf file – It’s Not Just In Your Head – The Psychological Impact of Celiac Disease
Just a quick note that I have updated my page named “My Menu“.
- Udi’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bagel – Gluten Freely website
- Glutino Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies – Gluten Freely website
- Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins (crackers) – Gluten Freely website
- Glutino Gluten Free Pretezels – Gluten Freely website
- Bisquick – Gluten Free – Pancakes/Muffins/Breads – Gluten Freely website
I also added when the pages was last updated. This way you can tell how fresh the information is.
Good luck on your Gluten Free Journey!
In the last 2-3 weeks I have eaten more gluten then I have in the last 2-3 years. This is the first major deviation from being gluten free that I have ever had. I did not end up liking the results of being free off my GF diet, but I did learn some valuable lessons.
Why Did I Stop My Gluten Free Diet?
In short, the answer is FRUSTRATION.
Even after 2 1/2 years of being gluten free it still can be difficult to find foods that are tasty yet don’t have gluten in them. So for a few weeks when I was hungry and could not find something GF I would just eat whatever was available. I did this for a while until I started to notice some changes in my body that I did not like.
What Happened When I Started Eating Gluten? read more…
Abuelos Mexican restaurant now offers a gluten free menu. The menu offer 14 different items that gives us gluten free folks a pretty selection. I have not tried Abuelos yet due to the fact that I have been gluten free for a while but now that I know that they off gluten free items now I can’t wait to check them out.
Here is their press release announcing their new menu –
Abuelo’s Introduces New Gluten-Sensitive Menu
LUBBOCK, Texas – Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants have introduced a new, special gluten- sensitive menu with several items created specifically to accommodate guests who have gluten allergies or celiac disease. read more…
Call me a happy man. I just stumbled upon gluten free Teriyaki sauce while visiting a new Korean supermarket. It is made by Kikkoman which is one of the most popular makers of Soy and Teriyaki sauce.
In all honesty when going to a gluten free life style, not being able to eat chicken Teriyaki was a big deal. I didn’t used to just put it in chicken but would put it on plain white rice as well. I am pretty certain that the taste will be comparable to the regular sauce since I have their Soy sauce and it tastes the same.
So if you are feeling like some stir fry Teriyaki style then I would check out your local Asian market to see if they carry it.
Kellogg’s has recently released gluten free Rice Krispies. This is great since I haven’t had Rice Krispies since going gluten free.
On the box Kellogg’s states that they use brown rice since brown rice is naturally gluten free. Either way we all know that brown rice is generally better for you then white rice so that makes these Krispies even more attractive.
The best thing about the new box of Rice Krispies is that they include the recipe to make gluten free Rice Krispies treats. That is something else that I haven’t has in a long time. This is another snack I can stuff into my backpack for a quick bite.
It is nice to see more and more companies jumping on the gluten free bandwagon.