Thursday, May 2, 2019

April 2019 Meeting Summary

The Prescott Area Celiac & Gluten Free Support group had a very good interactive meeting in April and a lot of helpful information was shared.

The Gluten Free Watchdog has done several posts on the contamination of LENTILS and actual barley grains that are in the processed lentils themselves. You can read a few of her posts on the subject online without being a subscriber.

I know that every time I have purchased dried packaged lentils I have found between 3 and 8 barley grains in the package.
You MUST sort every package thoroughly for the grains and rinse in running water stirring, for at least 3 minutes to help with contamination of the lentils.

What really concerns me is there are soups on the market with lentils that are labeled Gluten Free, I am sure that the company has not taken the time to sort hundreds of
pounds of dried lentils to remove the barley? Also, there are gluten free crackers and baked goods that use lentil flour, the same question, are they sorting the barley out and rinsing the lentils before they grind the flour?

A medical Assistant in my dad's Dr.s office (she has Celiac) shared with me about a product called "IBEROGAST", to help with your gut and digestion process and it helps calm everything
down if you have been glutened. It has greatly helped her when she eats out and gets inadvertent gluten. One of our members said that Dr. Worthington recommend it to her and it seems to be helping. Iberogast was created in Germany 40 years ago and for the last 20 years Canada has been producing it under that name. It is only available online.

Another member told us about ALLERGINA Zone 6. it is available at Natural Grocers for $14.99.
She has allergies so severe she was in bed and nothing else seemed to help. She took some and within 15 to 20 minutes she felt much better. It is for seasonal allergies and is not related to gut health, but so many of us have multiple issues and the allergies are especially bad this year due to the heavy rains
that I thought that we could use extra the help.

One of our members, who is also allergic to corn, told us that corn and corn products have over 250 names. And that there is a facebook group called Corn Allergy and Intolerance Group for support for those that are allergic to corn.

May is National Celiac Awareness month, so look for specials at the health food stores.

Well that is it for now, we hope to see you in May,

Linda And Renee

Note: The Prescott Area Celiac and Gluten Free Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call Renee Richey @ (928) 443-0399 for info about meeting locations and times. 

All information presented or discussed by the Prescott Area Celiac & Gluten Free Support Group members at its meetings, on its blog, or sent by email is for informational & educational purposes only. 
 It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Persons with any health issues should consult a qualified, licensed medical professional for diagnosis & treatment.

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