wheat dextrose

by Caroline Shield
(South of France)

Does anyone know if wheat dextrose contains gluten or has it been processed away? We live in France where gluten free products are only just beginning to take off in an edible way! Many of the products we look at have 'dextrose de blé' in them so we avoid them. On the odd occasion my husband has eaten these products by accident there have so far been no ill effects. He is a celiac and is very strict, so normally reacts badly to even a small dose of gluten.

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Wheat Dextrose
by: Ian

Hi Guys,

We sell French Products in the UK The Saucisson all contain "Dextrose de Ble" (Wheat Dextrose).
We have been assured by the Coeliac Society in the UK that it can be classed as Gluten Free as Wheat Dextrose has been processed to such a level that it will contain less than 20 parts per Million which is considered not to be an issue for Gluten Free diets.
Hope this helps.

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Probably safe.
by: Anonymous

This article (link below) says it's safe but heed Snapperking's comment I suppose.

http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/gluten-free-foods/ingredients/top-10-ingredients-you-really-dont-need-to-worry-about/

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Dextrose is OK, or is it?
by: Snapperking in Australia

You will find plenty of references to dextrose being "gluten free" but in my experience as a lifetime severe celiac, try a very little bit first. Today I ate some weiners marked "gluten free" and my hands immediately became blotchy -- the first sign of a reaction to come in my stomach.

Unfortunately the term "gluten free" is still used very loosely and those who are extremely sensitive very soon discover that it means nothing. The best news for us is that when the European standard of 20ppm is finally enforced in 2012, hopefully "gluten free" will mean "safe to eat".

Another worry is the use of potato starch from Asia, which I have found must be contaminated with gluten. Food manufacturers use this in good faith and mark their product "gluten free" -- which is not always the case. I have found that although scrupulous reading of labels is vital, nothing is safe unless I try a small portion first.The number of reactions to foods marked "gluten free" is alarming. Good luck!

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dextrose
by: Anonymous

Dextrose is a simple sugar very similar to glucose, but is a biologically active form, found in plants etc. Although it may be derived from wheat it is gluten free.

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