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Pam
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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 2:34 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anyone know of any chewing gum that is msg-free? What about tortillas?
EmilyS
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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 6:24 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Pam, I am unaware of any chewing gum that is msg-free.

For tortillas, you can make your own with a little bit of practice and all purpose flour that doesn't contain malted barely flour. Here is a link for the recipe I've had tremendous success with: http://savoryseasonings.blogspot.com/2008/04/tortillas.html

Do you have a Costco or Sam's Club nearby? They sell an uncooked tortilla in the freezer/fridge section where you cook them yourself on a griddle. I have tried them once without a reaction. They are probably your safest store bought option.

The ingredients are: Enriched wheat flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), filtered water, canola oil, and salt.

Here is a link to buy them through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Uncooked-Flour-Tortillas-Tortillaland-Count/dp/B00169Y3CU
LisaS
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 9:49 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does "gum base" have MSG? We have Spry gum that *might* be OK. http://www.vitacost.com/Xlear-Spry-Dental-Defense-System-Sugar-Free-Fresh-Fruit-Gum-100-Pieces

We get a locally made tortilla brand that does't have MSG.
Jennifer
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 2:22 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Emily, funny you mention the uncooked tortillas. There's a different brand I've had that's reaction free, (Tortilla Rica??) but I've only been able to find them in Southern California. I live in Northern California, so I can't regularly get them. However, the ingredients are the same....thanks for posting that link!

Jennifer
EmilyS
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5:44 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I dropped a heavy pan on my foot, then passed out from the pain and fell head first onto the tile. I'm on crutches for the next while so it's been challenging to cook. My neighbor picked up a package of those tortilla's for me yesterday and we'll eat them for a few meals this week- I'll let you know if I get a reaction. This package listed only wheat flour (not enriched), water, canola oil, salt and sugar as the ingredients.
Kaye
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Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 9:22 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm wondering about corn meal. Is it all safe or do I have to be cafeful about what I buy? What should I look for?
EmilyS
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Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 12:57 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Corn meal is general safe (for me at least). Corn Masa flour (used for corn tortillas and other Mexican dishes) is treated with lime. Deb A. recommends avoiding it because of the lime (not lime as in the fruit but the chemical lime) http://www.practicallyedible.com/edible.nsf/pages/limechemical . I'm not sure the reasons on why to avoid it but because of that, we only make flour tortillas here and buy corn tortilla chips that aren't treated with lime.

Deb if you see this, would you mind sharing the risk related to the chemical lime? Or if anyone else knows if they could share that would be great. Thanks!
Deb A.
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Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 2:18 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Emily, I'm so sorry to hear about your fall...that's terrible. Looks like you're looking for some fast cooking tips, too.
Lime is caustic and when it is added to the kernels,it can break down the glutamate in the corn...however, I suspect that there's a big difference when the lime is added to a pot of simmering dry corn, which is the way some producers soften the hard kernels, and when it is added to some corn and soaked in it, not cooked...the latter being safer. If it is rinsed away, that's another plus. To neutralize a basic substance, an acid is sometimes added or visa versa...and often the acid is sulfuric acid, a no-no for many of us. If you have tried a product that contains lime, and do okay, then it's fine for you.
EmilyS
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Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 6:04 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the great explanation Deb! I buy tortilla chips without the lime but do not have any reaction to the tortilla chips that are treated with lime that my husband prefers. I avoid it just to be on the safe side and avoid a build up reaction.
James
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 6:26 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just ate some Mission tortilla strips which have lime added. The ingredients seemed pretty benign, did I make a mistake? Here's what's on the package:

Ground Corn Treated with Lime, Water, Vegetable Oil (contains One or More of the Following: Cotton Seed Oil, Corn Oil, Palm Oil)Salt.

If you look this up online, the ingredients are different, which I found odd. Specifically, a number of websites list Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil which includes Soybean Oil. The packaging (listed above) does not. I'm wondering if anyone eats these without reaction. Too late for me, I ate about 8 of them. I'm already in feeling crummy, probably from eating fruit pectin, I suspect...
EmilyS
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Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 12:09 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have no reaction to the Mission Tortilla strips but choose another brand most of the time without the lime to be safe. I know of others on this board that react to the lime. We keep the Mission chips in our home and I eat them every few months with no problems. Hope you don't have a reaction either.
Cathy218
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 1:07 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Question...what potato chips and tortilla chips are MSG and sulfite sensitive folks finding safe now?
sara
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:12 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am not sulfite sensitive that I know of.

I can handle (MSG wise - oxalate is an entirely different story) Mission tortilla strips (haven't tried others for a while) and plain Wavy Lays and plain Ruffles chips. Moderation is key and I fail miserably at that. I can't handle plain Lays chips so that is probably a MSG problem.

This might vary depending on what factory makes the chips as this plain Lays problem is probably a cross contamination problem. I live in western WA if that helps. I don't know how many factories Frito Lay has.

I do better with Wavy Lays and Ruffles than Kettle Sea Salt chips. I haven't tried the reduced fat Kettle chips.
Cathy218
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Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 11:18 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sara what's oxalate?
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 2:11 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oxalate:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalate
sara
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Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 4:58 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

http://lowoxalate.info/
Mariann
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 5:32 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use Lay's original chips or sometimes called Classic, with no problem, unless I go overboard which I am prone to do if I don't watch myself. I try to limit it. I understood that Lays tries to use local potatoes, so that might determine the problems some people have in various parts of the country. I am from Rhode Island. I read also that they do process msg laden items in the same plants, so there is probably some cross contamination even though they wipe down the equipment. It would depend on how carefully they do that wipe down. I am able to eat Santitas corn chips also, and they are the least expensive as well.I have yet to find a wrap that I can use, I usually make my own as per Deb's Book. I will be trying the rice paper that I just read about tonight though. So thanks for that tip. Mariann

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