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Aug 12, 2014 06:40 PM

I am keep buying gluten free products!!

A few weeks ago, I purchased a box sugar cones. I made my kids ice cream cones with Talenti ice cream and I noticed that the texture of sugar cone tasted funny. I looked at the box and it said it's gluten free sugar cones. Last night I bought a box of Tate's chocolate chip cookies to make ice cream sandwich for my kids. The cookies were tasty but I noticed the familiar grainy texture and I knew right away I bought gluten free cookies.
ughhh..I feel like such an idiot. Am I the only one who's keeping buying gluten free foods not by choice?

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  1. Nope, around here they are all merchandised in either a special GF section or grouped together in a like aisle-baking, cookie, cereals etc. It's all clearly labeled.

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    1. re: foodieX2

      There's a small upscale meat market nearby that has that - their grocery section has a separate area for the GF products. The mainstream supermarkets I shop at have no such area. You really have to watch.

      1. re: mcsheridan

        Guess I'm lucky!! Around here they are pretty clearly marked.

        1. re: mcsheridan

          Yeah, my local supermarket I frequent has them all together. I am usually busy and get distracted easily as I have two small kids with me most of the time. I will have to learn to read the full labels, not just the sugar cones part and chocolate chip cookies part.
          I also bought a pint of raspberry and cream ice cream but I read strawberry and cream. ha. I am not a big fan of raspberry.

      2. No, you're not alone. I once bought a jar of Vlasic pickles, got it home, when I went to open it up and enjoy one...Blech! I checked the label; they were made with Splenda. I hadn't even known that there were such things. They could at least reverse the colors on the label or something to make it more obvious, but no!

        Anyway, I have a brother-in-law who's diabetic so I took them up to him. I'm more careful now about reading labels on even familiar products. So much is changing.

        Sounds like you were just very busy and/or distracted; doesn't make you an idiot. I caught myself one time almost picking up the GF Tate's CC cookies; at least on those there's a more visible contrast color GF indicator. Although some days, all the Tate's cookies are GF.

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        1. re: mcsheridan

          What?!? Pickles with splenda?? That is terrifying....and wrong.

          1. re: mcsheridan

            Accidentally bought turkey pepperoni once. Never again.

            1. re: NonnieMuss

              I have never heard of Turkey Pepperoni.Oh well you don't
              sound like that one was a winner with you.

              1. re: NonnieMuss

                Agree, that is not a good thing.

              2. re: mcsheridan

                This drives me crazy. Before I bought a soda stream, I would be carbonated flavored water but often pick up one w/ splenda by mistake. I don't want sweet water, aka soda. Stop calling it water!

              3. I am a label reader with the few prepared foods I buy, so it hasn't happened. Plus they tend to be expensive, no?

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                1. re: magiesmom

                  I read labels too..except I only read what I want to read, ie Tate's chocolate chip cookies...not Tate's chocolate chip cookies-gluten free. lol
                  They were all mixed up together with regular products so I couldn't tell about the prices.

                  1. re: Monica

                    At least in my market, the GF Tate's are right next to the regular Tate's and at the same prices. I don't know if the same can be said for the market I mentioned that keeps a separate GF section. That would be a great way to hide a price differential. I never examined the GF Tates cookies; does the package have the same weight and number of cookies as the regular? There's always the hidden price difference we have to watch out for.

                2. I have never accidentally picked up a Gluten free product.However
                  I was going to try my hand at some Gluten free Sugar Cookies.Those
                  cookies have been in the cabinet for three months.I am sure the box
                  is catching dust.Gluten free products like breads aren't really my
                  cup of tea.I hear the bread is tight and has no slip.I heard Gluten
                  free is better on your health and may prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

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                    1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                      What did I hear wrong?A Doctor on the
                      Dr.Oz show was telling people they shouldn't
                      eat bread.He was saying the Gluten in the
                      Bread can contribute to Alzheimer's Disease.
                      If you eat Gluten free bread it may prevent
                      Alzheimer Disease.The Dr.mentioned that Gluten
                      does something to the Brain.

                      1. re: Smiley881

                        A doctor - who was promoting his book, by the way - expressed his belief that gluten may be linked to Alzheimer's based on no real research but it's suddenly gospel?

                        1. re: Smiley881

                          You can't believe everything you hear especially from Dr Oz and his show.


                        2. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                          Oh sorry about the post being hard on the eyes.I didn't

                          notice anyone else using the space bar.

                        3. re: Smiley881

                          Gluten-free products are better for the health of people with documented celiac disease, a tiny minority of the population. All the rest is hype and misinformation from people trying to make a killing on the bestseller list, TV, and elsewhere.

                          For people without celiac disease, it's all a waste of money.

                          1. re: mcsheridan

                            And for people with celiac, the abundance of gluten-free products is a gift! Just made gluten free bread for my affected cousin, and the smile on her face, eating something similar to bread, was priceless.

                            Yes, hers is documented, and makes her very, very sad.

                            1. re: mcsheridan

                              We are just now beginning to understand the underlying mechanisms for many diseases. It only makes sense that our food will contribute to these in ways we do not fully comprehend at this time. My husband totally changed his advanced lipid panel, from very dire to normal by eliminating wheat. We have other family members with long term severe GI issues, not celiac, that have completely turned around eliminating gluten. It seems reasonable that there can be people with an inflammatory response to gluten or wheat that would benefit from these foods. I do agree there are people trying to make money -legitimate authors, big pharmaceutical companies, quacks, etc. You have to separate the chaff from the wheat -so to speak.

                              1. re: wekick

                                Try to stay away from GMO's.I am sure no one

                                goes completely GMO free.A few targeted Veg

                                and other for GMO.


                                Wheat:I saw a test field with larger than life

                                Wheat growing.Wheat has a bitter taste and the

                                cereal companies are really pushing it.

                          2. the food market in my neighborhood is trying to cater to the burgeoning yuppie population by carrying tons of GF as well as tons of Tofurkey products - I wonder if the hipsters buying this stuff are aware of the irony

                            and yea, you gotta look these days - its like accidentally finding you bought fat free cookies in the 90's BLECH