Gumming up the works….



I mentioned in my post yesterday that I am having issues with pre-packaged baked goods. Aside from agave, honey and dairy, I think I have found the culprit(s)

I bought Udi’s blueberry muffins last week.  I got a bit of an upset tummy after eating them.  The same goes for the Katz’s donut holes I blogged about yesterday.  I believe the culprit is xantham gum.

Xantham gum is used in baked goods to replace the texture of wheat.  I personally do not like the texture it produces-it’s like eating a sponge.  Although in some baked goods, you really can’t detect it.  This goes for the muffins and the donuts.

I made my corn muffin recipe with xantham gum-and they upset my tummy.  I also did not like the texture.  I find it is used a lot in breads and rolls.

As for the Van’s waffles-I believe the peach and pear juice they are sweetened with are the culprits here.  These are both on the fodmap list.  I am finding more and more things on that list I cannot eat.  The funny thing is everyone has different triggers.   I can eat mushrooms, onions and garlic, but my son cannot.  I can drink soda, he cannot.

This makes it really hard to buy pre-made foods.  I will have to add this to my list of ingredients to avoid.  I read other people’s facebook comments and I am appalled at the list of allergens they have.  Eggs, dairy, wheat, rice, soy, corn, gelatin, seeds, spice….the list is exhausting.  I feel so sorry for these people-I mean, what do you eat?  I realize I am not that bad off; it can always be worse.

Now when I order anything online or go to the grocery store, I am going to have to be extra careful.  I am also going to have to make more of my own foods.  Perhaps I am better off both physically and financially.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. I had the same thing happen to me, it took what felt like an eternity to figure it out. I also had trouble with added starches. I don’t use added gums or starches in my recipes so if you’re looking for recipes you might want to take a look. I hope you feel better and get it sorted. It takes time, but it is possible.


    1. glutenfreelady says:

      I only used it the one time in baking. It is rampant in prepackaged baked goods so I will have to avoid those.

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