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Question for those w. celiac / kids w. celiac

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by C6H12O6, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. C6H12O6

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    Is there any reason a fact sheet about celiac would list "sugar" as a "forbidden" food for people w. celiac. When questioned on this they said they meant that people w. CD should not eat candy at all ex. lifesavers
     
  2. Flutterby

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    No, candy is not forbidden.. Sorbitol can have gluten so you have to be careful, but more hard candies, gum and chocolate are OK.. all Lindt chocolate except the white has malt in it, things like twizzlers have wheat, so you need to check, but in general candy is OK.
     
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    They cannot eat WHEAT, RYE or BARLEY. Candy is fine, as long as it doesnt contain those ingredients, just like for any one else.
     
  4. CKC-Contributor

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    Sugars

    Glucose (Dextrose) sugars are made from starches of canes, grains and potatoes (wheat, corn, or rice).
    :) Cane, corn and rice sugars are OK.
    :confused: Wheat, barley sugars can be problematic for some Very sensitive Celiacs and Gluten intolerants. Best to avoid them.

    :) Fructose sugars are made from fruits and honey.
    They are ok.

    As with any foods and their ingredients you must be familiar with how they are processed and what contamination could have occured.

    Just saying sugars is a no no for all celiacs is an indication they may not have a solid understanding of gluten intolerants and Celiacs disease.

    Saying certain sugars may be a problem or due to the damage and\or the additional health problems that arise from the Celiac effect on other body systems\hormones could have some truth to it.
     
  5. Meredithsmom

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    When Meredith was first diagnosed, her biopsy results showed that she couldn't digest sugar. The doctor explained that once she was on a gluten free diet for about 2 weeks her gut would be healed and she would be able to digest sugar again. So for 2 weeks we limited her sugar intake as much as we could (have to treat lows with something) and then it was a non issue. Her blood sugars seemed to stabilize and we saw more consistency once her gut was healed.

    Other than that, I don't limit candy unless wheat, rye, or barley or their by products are in the ingredients.
     
  6. Dad of Daughters

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    Glucose is highly refined and is widely considered safe for those with CD regardless of the source. My guess is the number of patients with CD who actually see reactions to wheat derived glucose is very small. As stated above, awareness is a good thing, but I don't think parents of CWD/CWCD should read about this possibility and pre-emptively cut out glucose. This diet is already hard enough to deal with! :mad:
     
  7. C6H12O6

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    Thanks everyone for clarifying. It's so scary that celiac happens in 1 in 10 type 1's. It sounds like a lot of knowlege goes into to managing it
     
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