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Amy's So-Called "Gluten Free" Foods May Still Contain Gluten
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January - June 21

For anyone on a strict gluten free diet, I want to share my experience with Amy's foods. They make products that say GLUTEN FREE across the front labels. READ THE ENTIRE LABEL (especially the fine print on the back) no matter what claims are made. Apparently the government does not have "gluten free" clearly defined - and I sometimes have trouble with food that claims to be gluten free. Now I am adding Amy's gluten-free foods to my list of foods to avoid because, IMO, it's not really gluten-free.

Recently, it's been hard to get my usual brands of gluten-free frozen dinners (mainly Caesar and Kettle Cuisine), so I've been eating "Amy's GLUTEN FREE" frozen dinners. I slowly realized I had the typical symptoms of a gluten exposure - severe joint pain, extreme fatigue and exhaustion, insomnia, nightmares, brain fog, depressed mood and feeling overly "full." I finally realized I must somehow be getting gluten and double-checked my food supply.

I was at the store, looking at Amy's frozen dinners - the rice lasagna and the mac and cheese that scream GLUTEN FREE across the front. I turned the package over and, in very small print, that I couldn't read without glasses, a disclaimer says "this product is made in a factory that also processes WHEAT, SOY, TREE NUTS AND SEEDS." That means the food could be contaminated with any of these products. WHEAT IS GLUTEN. Wheat... IS... gluten!

I AM ALLERGIC TO WHEAT - THAT IS WHY I DON'T EAT GLUTEN! So I started checking ALL the other Amy's foods that I've used, including the enchiladas that I've been eating recently, and Amy's "gluten-free" Indian meals, Palak Paneer and Mattak Paneer, that I have in my freezer. I can't eat them too often because I don't feel well afterwards. I thought it was the spices. Now I wonder if it may be cross contamination with wheat! ALL these dinners have the disclaimer on the back in small print. ALL of the Amy's frozen dinners that I have seen are potentially contaminated with wheat. So, even though they say GLUTEN FREE, they may NOT be gluten free.

IF YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE, or are very sensitive to wheat, you should know that Amy's "Gluten Free" foods might be making you sick. For a celiac patient (and 99% of you are undiagnosed) 1/8 of a teaspoon of wheat can set up an inflammation in your small intestine that can take a couple of months to heal.

If you are trying to maintain a strictly gluten free diet as I am - perhaps we all have to call our congress people and the FDA and demand truth in advertising. Companies are jumping on the bandwagon to sell "gluten free" products because there's money to be made as people become aware of the health problems caused by gluten.

But how can they advertise "gluten free" and still have "some" gluten!!? THIS IS RIDICULOUS!! It's not a problem for people are gluten free by CHOICE, and do not have allergies. They're paying extra money for nothing. But it is NOT FAIR to those of us who MUST avoid gluten to stay healthy! We're paying extra to avoid illness - and it's making us ill anyway. JMO, but that is a scam!

So, some of you may THINK you've been on a gluten free diet - when you really haven't. It's not like we have a wide variety of packaged food to choose from! I've had the same problem with so-called "gluten-free" rice cakes - they made me sick. One company told me the government allows 15 parts per million of gluten in foods that are labeled "gluten free." Your reaction depends on how sensitive you are.

I hope this helps someone else out there.


January - June 22

I regret posting the above rant before I had all the facts. I called Amy's and they were extremely responsive to my concerns, and seemed very knowledgeable about gluten and other allergens. They told me that although their packages have the paragraph about the food being made in a factory that processes wheat, etc., they are very careful to wash equipment down and to also test their products to ensure they do not contain allergens. So they don't consider that a disclaimer. They asked for the lot number on the food packages I bought and told me they would have the lot sample tested for gluten. They also will let me know the results. As they said, it's to everyone's advantage that their food is what they say. They are committed to providing food for people with allergies of various kinds, and also committed to using non-GMO food.

After speaking with them, I was VERY impressed with this company, and their willingness to respond to my concerns. I have never before experienced this level of customer service with "large" food companies when I called with complaints.

I wish I could take my post down but I can't. Something triggered a reaction in me, and I don't have the facts back yet, but I want to reiterate that the people at Amy's were absolutely wonderful about working with me, very helpful. My attitude about this company has turned around and is very positive right now. There may be some reason for my reaction other than Amy's food - or it may be some strange spice I can't tolerate - I don't have an answer yet - but from speaking with them today I do believe they are doing a very good job of running a clean factory and producing safe foods that are free of the allergens they say. The people I spoke with were knowledgeable and committed. So I WOULD recommend trying Amy's products if you have allergies - and if you have a problem, please call and tell them. They really have outstanding customer service!


January - July 18

Amy's Foods did get back to me. They said they tested the lot of food, and it had a very low level of gluten, something like 10 ppm. I'm glad to know they are so careful. I don't know why I have trouble with their gluten free food, but I do. Perhaps I am allergic to something else they are using. They are a good option though, for those who have dairy or gluten allergies - just be careful to read the packaging so you know which you're getting.


Jocelyn - August 1

Have you heard from this company yet?


January - August 1

Yes, see my message above. (hehehe! I know how it is….) They did get back to me. And thanks for asking and thinking of me! I just think there is something in their food that I can't tolerate. They tell me it is gluten free… so it must be something else they are using.


Jocelyn - August 2

Sorry I missed your post. I have been looking for your post on this subject for awhile. I must have just scrolled to quicily and missed it. I'm glad they got back to you and their gluten is low. I have many food allergies and still have a difficult time with gluten free because soy is a big problem for me and it is in most everything!


January - August 3

Have you tried Amy's foods? They (supposedly) cater to people with various allergies. You have to carefully read the packages though. Some are dairy free, some gluten free, some low fat, etc. Or you might call the company and tell them what you have to avoid, and ask if they can recommend something that would fit the bill for you…? They were pretty responsive and nice when I spoke with them.


January - August 3

I guess really, Jocelyn, for those of us with multiple allergies - the only answer is a very simple healthy diet. We have to buy fresh food like meat, eggs, fruit and veggies, rice, potato, whatever fresh food you can tolerate - and, darn it! ... we have to cook it up! Not easy to do every day when you are fatigued. It also means going to the store more often than we used to with our processed, easily frozen, microwave food. More busy work.


Jocelyn - August 12

I agree, eating healthy is the only way to go. However, it takes time to prepare and time is so precious.. I am so tired when I get home from work I find it difficult to prepare anything. I do have some frozen items that are gluten free that I can just grab if I need to and I do.

Yes, and going to the store more often is a pain. I am trying to buy some frozen gluten free things with all the healthy stuff inside :)

Take care


neababyblu - August 10

I just finished eating an Amy's cheese enchilada dinner, the second one this week. I have to report that I had no adverse reaction of any kind to the first dinner...and I am very sensitive to wheat. I get terrible stomach aches, diarrhea, dizziness, weakness, bloating...just to name a few.....and didn't experience ANY problems, so for me Amy's is on my list of things that I can eat successfully. :)


January - August 19

Hi neababyblu -- glad to hear Amy's frozen dinner worked for you. It makes life a little easier, yes? I have found out, since I posted a couple years ago, that I have a problem with lactose - so maybe that was what bothered me back then! When I called Amy's, they were very helpful and responsive - so I think they are a good company.

It's always something with these food allergies (especially if they are delayed), and it takes a lot of fine tuning to get things right! I feel so much better when I eat the right things - but occasionally I still get flares of pain and have to try to figure out what caused it.

If you have fibro I hope the wheat free diet is helping you! It really helped me a LOT.



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