Gluten Free Dining

Is soda Gluten Free

I saw this article from Gluten Free Living and thought you all might be interested.

Most sodas are gluten free. The ingredient that raises questions most often is the caramel color. Although caramel color can be made from barley, it is most often made from corn. The Pepsi- Cola Company said there is no gluten in any carbonated soft drink produced by the company in North America. The caramel color used in Pepsi beverages is not derived from wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt or triticale, the company said. Diana Garza Ciarlante, a spokeswoman for the Coca- Cola Company, said the caramel color used in Coke products is derived from either corn or cane sugar. If an ingredient contains wheat, barley or rye it is labeled as such in the ingredient statement. Consumers can also check the gluten- free status of Coke products by calling the 1–800 number on the product’s package. A list provided by Ciarlante included, but is not limited to, the following sodas: Barq’s root beer (regular, diet, caffeine free, and diet red crème), Coke (regular, diet, diet plus, caffeine free diet, diet sweetened with Splenda, diet with lime, cherry, diet cherry, cherry zero, diet, vanilla, vanilla zero), CocaCola (regular, caffeine free classic and zero), and Sprite (regular, diet zero). Coke makes a number of fruit drinks, teas, bottled waters and other drinks that are also gluten free.

Potato Soup- Gluten Free option

When I went GF I made simple change to my famous Potato soup.  Enjoy! Makes 4 small bowls. 167 calories per cup.

4 cups cubed potato (peel min 2 cups)

1/4 tsp white pepper

6 twists black fresh black pepper

6 twists salt.

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

2tbsp flour.  Or, for gluten free variety, see * below.

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2tbsp butter

2 cups of whole milk (you can use other milk, but it won’t be as thick or creamy)

Garnish: chopped green onions or chives, sharp cheddar cheese.


1) Boil water with salt.  Once boiling, add potatoes.  Heat until tender (30 min)

2)  *Drain but don’t rinse potatoes.  The starch that remains on the potatoes will help thicken the soup in absence of traditional flour thickener.

3) Add potatoes back to pot, then add all remaining ingredients but garnish.  Heat until simmered.

4) add to bowls, garnish. Add salt to taste.

Placing too muc…

Placing too much emphasis on a yes/no diagnosis, meaning you either have a disease or you don’t, can lead even the most well-meaning physicians to miss underlying causes and early warning signs of illness.

Mark Hyman

The past two years I’ve had constant heartburn, frequent intestinal cramping and pain in my stomach.

The past three years I visited my general physician for frequent sinus infections, skin rashes and tiredness, weight gain.  My physicians all had good intentions.  My general physician was quick to diagnosis the symptoms: sinus infection, minor skin rash, low thyroid, GERD.

My gastroenterologist diagnosis mild chronic gastritis, lactose intolerance and put me on a strict diet: no tomatoes, citrus, broccoli, dairy, beans, tea, coffee, anything with a moderate to large fat content (including peanut butter), chocolate.  Though I was eating little, and weighed 133, I gained weight.

But these weren’t diagnosis, they were early warning signs of an illness.

It was my chiropractor and dermatologist who saw my diagnosis as symptoms of an underlying problem.  Both (with in a month of each other) diagnosed me as Gluten Sensitive.

I’ve been off Gluten for 2 weeks, and returned to eating most other foods.  Each day I was off the gluten my heartburn lessened.  After 2 weeks I’m off the heartburn medication completely and feel even less heartburn than when on the meds! I still have skin rashes, but I’m happy with the progress.

Sinus infections, my skin rashes, digestion difficulties and autoimmune thyroid are all items that can be caused when a gluten intolerant person eats gluten.

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I’m a what?!

6 months ago I entered a derm’s office, and was told I needed to have my “interesting” small skin bubble biopsied as a precautionary measure to avoid basil cell skin cancer.  A combination of vanity and fear of an impending scar resulted 6 months of  excuses to not rebook a biopsy appoint.  Then, 3 months ago I negotiated a deal with myself: I’ll – find a dermatologist with a longer, more experienced reputation  who may have more nibble and less scaring techniques.

Thursday January 16th,

My husband accompanied me for emotional support.

The doctor walked in, heard my concern and shouted, “That’s ridiculous, who told you that you need a biopsy?”

She then did a complete body exam to assure there were no other “places of interest” (BTW: if you burn super easily, have lots of freckles or red hair its recommended you get a complete skin check yearly to examine any new moles, freckles or any new growth).

She started at my scalp, and I pointed out the on and off again itching I’ve head behind my ears. Then, once she got to my hands, her eyes lingered a bit longer on my knuckles,

“Your a gluten sensitive person” she declared.

“I’m a what?” I asked for clarification.

She pointed to my dry skin, “you have scaly skin and the wrinkles of your knuckles are raised.  Gluten molecules get trapped in the folds of the skin of people with Gluten Intolerance.  Its a condition that gets worse as people age.  Your skin will get better when you change your diet.  Do you have digestion problems?”.  She then printed out information on Gluten Sensitivity, freezed the “place of interest” and said goodbye.

I entered the doc’s office expecting a scar, instead I got an explanation to the heartburn and stomach cramps I’ve been experience for the past two years.