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First things first — spelt is not gluten-free. But is spelt wheat-free? I see this question asked a lot, but it doesn’t really make sense. Perhaps an analogy is the best way to demonstrate why. But first, let’s look at...
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Allergy Insight.. by Alex G - 1M ago

Pine nuts — or pine kernels — are edible seeds harvested from some species of pine tree. They may also be called pignoli (the Italian name), pinoli, Indian nut, or piñon. They’ve been in the (allergy) news a lot more...
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It was a while ago now, but not long after I wrote a post called Are Oats Good for Eczema? a reader wrote to me and pointed out that, if you have nickel allergy, oats can be a problem. As...
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I recently took a wander among the aisles and stalls of a couple of excellent food and health trade shows — Natural and Organic Products Europe, held annually at the Excel Centre, East London, and the Farm Shop & Deli...
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Upsetting reports coming in from the US via FATE suggest that a young girl, Denise Saldate, has died after using a toothpaste containing milk protein, to which she was severely allergic. The cause in this sad case appears to have...
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I’ve been asked about nut-allergy safe chocolate spreads a number of times, so here is a round-up of products free from peanuts and the eight EU-defined tree nuts, both north American and British. Know of others? Please leave a comment....
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For around a year, many coeliacs have been frustrated at the visual similarities between M&S Made Without Wheat branding and colour scheme, and that of their ordinary gluten-containing lines. Mistakes have been made. Many of them. The latest I saw...
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Real bread, according to Sustain’s Real Bread Campaign (RBC), must be free of artificial additives and processing aids. So no baking powders, enzymes or vegetable gums such as xanthan. Essentially: flour, water, yeast, and salt, then, with added herbs and...
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You’ll have heard the news of the heart health and death-delaying benefits of whole grains in the diet earlier this year (see the Guardian’s report here, for instance), but if you’re coeliac you may be concerned about getting enough, not...
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The experience related in The Sun this week of a nut allergic student suffering a severe reaction after using a Nivea lip balm containing sweet almond oil should serve as a reminder that, if you have food allergies, the ingredients...
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