Beware Of New Source Of Gluten

10 Comments 14 March 2014

Is freekeh gluen-free?
Freekeh is the “new” grain that needs to be avoided on a gluten-free diet.

Freekeh is actually old, it’s an ancient form of wheat. Freekeh is NOT gluten-free.

It’s roasted green wheat, but it is fairly new to the US andΒ  being marketed now as a super healthy grain to eat. I keep getting sent press release information about it, and each time I snicker at the name.

Freaky Freekeh!

I thought I’d better warn you to look out for it.

So you don’t get all Freekeh on me!!! πŸ˜‰

OH, and be a pal and please spread the word!


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    Jeanne says:

    Thanks so much, Kelly. Crazy how things get marketed. I so often have to go to the customer desk of a grocery store and inform them that: barley, spelt, ‘whole grain’ crackers, you name it, don’t belong in the GF aisle.

      kaitlin says:

      I agree. I went int a Duane Reade and they had everything gluten under the gluten free aisle! I couldn’t even believe it, so uninformed.

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    Danielle says:

    I just saw a huge bag of Freekeh at Costco yesterday.

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    Dannett says:

    Thanks for the info kelly. Always keeping us healthy & gf! Its a lot of work & we all appreiciate it.

  4. 4

    Good call pointing this out. I love the phrase “freaky freekeh.”

    Oh, and couscous is NOT a separate grain, and is certainly not gluten-free (unless made specially). That’s another misconception I hear all the time! (You obviously know that yourself, but I’m on a mission to spread the word to those who don’t.)

    Why can’t everything just be called “toxic glutenous substance”? That would make our lives so much easier. πŸ˜‰

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    Suzanne says:

    This is so helpful! I have not heard of that yet, so I’m glad you posted about it.

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    Mary Sharon says:

    This is my 1st time, already I’ve learned a couple of things, regarding the “Freaky”&also Couscous, which I did think was supposed to be, gluten free? I’ve got serious Celiac&get really bad reactions to the slightest crumbs or contamination of celiac! So much so, I’ve given up on checking out any restaurants in the New York area, gluten free Restaurant Guide, as I’m so beyond tired of getting sick and even more complications than I’ve already got going on! So I’ve begun following my youngest son’s advice&example, who also has Celiac, of either bringing food with me, or going hungry, as it’s much safer for me! I’ve also stopped shopping at Trader Joe’s, as so many of their, so called gluten free products, are made on the same equipment and with no regard to cross-contamination issues, or so it seemed to me with too many of them? My son’s wife&daughter-in-Love/law, has discovered a company, Airbonne, which has ALL&totally gluten free, skincare, make-up, nutritional supplements, etc.., and is also totally and completely GREEN, WITH ALL NON-TOXIC AND HEALTHFUL INGREDIENTS!!? She found it, for my son’s sake, as well as my own, since I do get the skin rash form of Celiac, not only when I ingest gluten, but also when I put it on my scalp or skin, as it seeps into my pores and this company seems to understand that what gets into our pores is something we do need to be careful of? I’m sorry this is so long, but I’d stopped wearing make-up, except minimally&strictly, occasion-ally, which brings me to my question at last, as my daughter-in-Love’s really sold on this company, for herself, as she’s also a 2X cancer survivor, since before she was 30&such a beautiful young woman, inside&out, ‘HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS COMPANY&IF SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT?’, that’s my question?! She says that they’re so totally GREEN&also Vegan, as well as being GF, they won’t even MAKE, or sell products which thus far their scientists can’t make, totally GREEN, like nail polish or hair color?! So, I really need to know, for my beautiful to me, daughter-in-Love, as well as for myself, do you know if they’re, is Airbonne, for real?

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    Mary Sharon says:

    Actually Molly, you really got me thinking on whether or not to trust this, Airbonne companies products, though I’d really like to, because I REALLY DO AGREE WITH YOUR LAST COMMENT:”Why can’t everything be called, toxic glutenous substance?” I am beginning to wonder on that myself? Even the stuff we put on and perhaps, not only what we ingest? What I learned from the Airbonne facial I went to, regarding chap-stick&things, the toxicity of them all, combined, with all of the allowable amounts of toxic ingredients in each one, in things like shampoo, stuff I’d been using every day, really blew my mind&it’s scary, if it’s for real, especially for Celiac’s?! As I’ve even reacted to the glue, not the latex I’ve discovered, but actually the glue, in band’aides, even!

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    Doe says:

    I just began this journey today. I’m very happy to see your blog is current. Its nice to know there is someone in the know! Thank you!

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