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Gluten Cutter – Does This Allow You to Really Eat Gluten?

February 1st, 2014 Comments off
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Gluten Cutter claims that its enzyme allows gluten intolerant people eat foods containing gluten without the normal side effects.

I stumbled upon this product today in the pharmacy department at Walmart called Gluten Cutter. It immediately caught my attention because as far as I knew there was nothing available that allows a person with gluten sensitivity to eat gluten. I have heard of vaccines but nothing that you could buy over-the-counter.

The box states that “Gluten Cutter helps digest wheat, dairy, and other grains”. The box then explains what gluten is, where it can be found, and how their product is supposed to circumvent the negative effects of gluten. The secret sauce appears to be in their proprietary blend of enzymes named GCX50. There is no explanation how this magic enzyme actually executes this previously impossible feat. The box is very clear in stating that these claims have NOT been evaluated by the FDA so… good luck! We hope it doesn’t make your symptoms worse!

Well, Does It Really Work?

The jury seems to still be out on that one. In reviews on one reviewer states:

Works for gluten intolerance - I have been gluten-free for 2 1/2 years. I have tried this product twice and I was able to eat bakery products with wheat flour in them without getting sick to my stomach. – By M. Wheeler – May 27, 2013

But then someone else comes along with the opposite review:

Gluten intolerant – I have a gluten intolerance so I wanted to try this product for when I am out at a restaurant. The first time I tried it I had bad stomach cramps a few hours later. I tried it once again to see if the bad reaction was from something else. I had another bad reaction, although it was not as immediate. Sadly, this product made me react in a worse manner than when I do eat gluten products. – By Janna Owens – August 20, 2013

This seems to fall into the same category as most that deal with celiac disease – what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. There seem to be enough positive verses negative comments in the Amazon product page to make it interesting enough for me to try. I just have to figure out when I can afford to be brave in the case that things don’t go so well.

Have Your Tried Gluten Cutter?

If so sound off in the comment section and let us know how it worked for you. Even if you haven’t tried it yet, now that you know it is out there, will you try it? Let us know about this as well. I’ll report back when I work up the courage.

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I’ve Made a Huge Mistake in My Gluten Free Diet

September 16th, 2012 Comments off

I really feel foolish sharing this, but I want to share this so others can benefit.

What’s Been Going On?

In the last few weeks I have felt like my energy level has been tapering off. I have also been more irritable, achy, and have generally had a blah feeling. These are all the classic signs of eating gluten but I was gluten.

Or so I thought.

All this time one of the staples of my diet has had gluten all along – the Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino.

Now to be fair, I am not blaming them for telling me that it did not have gluten and then it actually did. No, I assumed it didn’t have gluten and chose it as my regular drink from there.

How Did I Come To This Assumption?

I am really not sure. What I think may have happened was that I was drinking a different flavored Frappuccino and then decided to try the Java Chip one day. I guess I thought that since the only difference was the inclusion of chocolate chips that there shouldn’t be an issue. Boy was I wrong.

No looking back it makes perfect sense that I have been feeling so crummy lately due to getting a healthy dose of gluten every day.

Where Do I Go From Here?

I’m going to stop ordering that Frappuccino. I think I may just forego Starbucks for a while also. I had been wanting to make the switch from buying a Frapp everyday to making my own at home so this sound like a good time to do that.

This is really one of those duh moments. Oh well, I wil be more careful in not assuming that something doesn’t have gluten in it.

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Abuelos Mexican Cuisine Now Offers a Gluten Free Menu

April 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Abuelos Mexican restaurant now offers a gluten free menu. The menu offer 14 different items that gives us gluten free folks a pretty selection. I have not tried Abuelos yet due to the fact that I have been gluten free for a while but now that I know that they off gluten free items now I can’t wait to check them out.

Here is their press release announcing their new menu -

Abuelo’s Introduces New Gluten-Sensitive Menu

LUBBOCK, Texas – Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants have introduced a new, special gluten- sensitive menu with several items created specifically to accommodate guests who have gluten allergies or celiac disease.

Gluten-sensitive guests now can select from 14 items featured on the special menu ranging from salads, Tex Mex plates and House Specialties, and even dessert. For instance, the new gluten- sensitive menu includes Abuelo’s delicious Yucatan Shrimp Fajita Salad, a Tamale Plate, with two beef tamales, Pork Tenderloin with Honey Chile Glaze and several choices of fajitas including Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp Fajitas, Pork Tenderloin Fajitas and Vegetable Fajitas, plus several other entrées. Additionally, Abuelo’s award-winning Traditional Flan, is also featured on the gluten-sensitive menu as a dessert choice.

“With gluten intolerances becoming a more common concern, we want to have menu items that all our guests can enjoy,” said Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International, Abuelo’s parent company.

For more information contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Melanie Carroll, Food Concepts International February 14, 2012 806-785-8686, ext. 149; 806-789-7695 (cell)

About Abuelo’s

Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in an impressive Mexican courtyard-themed atmosphere. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International of Lubbock, Texas, Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant, one of America’s top chains, and for offering great meals for less than $20. The company currently has 40 restaurants located in 15 states throughout the United States and is currently constructing its 41st location in Fort Worth, Texas at the Hulen Mall, which is scheduled to open in early March. For more information, visit

One last note – the Abuelos in Austin is located near the Barton Creek Square mall. Here’s a map – Abuelos Mexican Cuisine, Austin, TX.

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Mama Fu’s – A Huge Gluten Free Menu!

October 18th, 2010 Comments off

God has answered my prayers and put in the hearts of Mama Fu’s to make a great gluten free Chinese food Menu.

I had not eaten at Mama Fu’s since before going on my gluten free diet. I was going to meet a friend near the Mama Fu’s in Georgetown and decided to see if they had anything I could eat. Boy did they! It seems that they have taken nearly their entire menu and made a gluten free version of it. I guess they do this stating with a gluten free soy sauce base which I think is great.

Here is a list of some of the thing that they have on their gluten free menu:

  • Appetizers
    • Edamame
    • Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    • Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Kid Selections
    • Scooby “Fu”
    • Ninja Noodles
    • Mei Mei’s
  • Rice Dishes
    • Sweet-n-Sour
    • Steam Bowl
      • Spicy General Fu
      • Teriyaki
      • Sesame
      • Thai Cashew Stir Fry
      • Fried Rice
      • Mongolian
      • Honey Glazed
      • Ginger Broccoli
      • Orange Peel
  • Noodle Bowls
    • Lo Mein
    • Pad Thai
    • Thai Basil
    • Singapore Noodles
    • Thai Fu Noodles
  • Seared Entrees
    • Seared Ahi Tuna Steak
  • Sides
    • Fried Rice
    • Thai Green Beans
    • Edamame

That is a great menu and I can tell you that food is fresh and tastes great. I just wish they would put one in Round Rock so it is closer to my house!

Here is a link to their website where you can get their gluten free menu – Mama Fu’s Nutritional Info

Pei Wei Gluten Free Menu

October 18th, 2010 Comments off

I was a Pei Wei junky before I went gluten free and would eat their chicken teriyaki a couple times a week. I was broken hearted when I found out that regular soy sauce (the base for teriyaki sauce) has gluten in it. Unfortunately Pei Wei does not offer a gluten free teriyaki bowl. They do have a gluten free menu though with some good things on it – specifically the Spicy Chicken.

Here is what is on their gluten free menu:

  • Edamame
  • Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls
  • Asian Chopped Chicken Salad
  • Pei Wei Spicy Salad
    • Chicken or Shrimp
  • Pei Wei Spicy
    • Chicken or Shrimp
  • Sweet & Sour
    • Chicken or Shrimp

It is not a huge list but the food is good.

Here is a link to their website where you can download their nutritional PDF that has their gluten free menu. – Pei Wei Nutrition Info.

Taco Bueno Limited Gluten Free Selection

October 18th, 2010 Comments off

Before I went gluten free I used to eat at Taco Bueno all the time. I alway saw them as a Taco Bell but with good, fresh food.

Liking them as much as I did I went to their website to see if they had a gluten free menu – they didn’t – so I emails them and they responded. Here is the email thread:

from: comments <>
to: **************************
date: Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM
subject: FW: Feedback from
Sorry at this time we cannot recommend our menu as gluten-free as the same fryer is used for both the corn and the flour. A menu item that can be recommended is the Ultimate Gourmet Bowl (offered in limited markets), and black beans and white rice.
—–Original Message—–
From: Feedback []
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010 9:54 AM
Subject: Feedback from
Store Number:
Feedback Type: Other
Feedback Related To: Ingredients
I would like to know if you have any gluten free items on your menu.
Contact Type: Yes, by email
Name: Dan Masters
Phone Number: ************

from: comments <>to: **************************date: Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 10:48 AMsubject: FW: Feedback from
Sorry at this time we cannot recommend our menu as gluten-free as the same fryer is used for both the corn and the flour. A menu item that can be recommended is the Ultimate Gourmet Bowl (offered in limited markets), and black beans and white rice.

—–Original Message—–From: Feedback []Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010 9:54 AMTo:;Subject: Feedback from

Store Number:
Feedback Type: Other
Feedback Related To: Ingredients
I would like to know if you have any gluten free items on your menu.

Contact Type: Yes, by email
Name: Dan Masters
Phone Number: ************

So as you can see unfortunately they have a very limited selection of items that would be gluten free. It would be nice if they would get a separate frier in the future that would eliminate cross contamination. I appreciate their quick response though!

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Mighty Fine Burgers Gluten Free Items

September 20th, 2010 Comments off

The Five Guys Fries that I got to eat last week got me craving french fries even more so I set out to find where I can get some a little closer to Round Rock. After putting on my thinking cap I remember Might Fine Burgers and how they say that all their ingredients are fresh and natural. That had to mean their french fries are possibly gluten free right?

I checked out their website but there wasn’t any allergen information on it so I decided to give them a call.

A really nice guy answered and explained that their fries were indeed gluten free because they were fresh cut potatoes fried in peanut oil and lightly salted with sea salt. He also explained that their hamburger was gluten free and even looked up the info on the seasoning that they used on the hamburger – it was gluten free as well. He also let me know that their chili was gluten while he was at it (see below on chili). In fact everything is gluten free except for the buns and the chili that they use. He told me to just let someone know of my allergy when ordering and they will be careful about contamiation.

I went that day to Mighty Fine and got Fries and a bun-less chopped chili cheese dog. While ordering I told them of my gluten allergy and the girl wrote it on my order bag and circled it – cool!

Anyway I was happy that their is a burger joint that is so close that I can good fresh gluten free fries. I will try a convertible bacon cheeseburger sometime here in the future.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Allison from Mighty Fine Burgers was nice and enough to comment below that upon further research that the chili IS NOT gluten free due to the spices that they use in it. Allison also verified that all the shakes the make all use gluten free vanilla ice cream and syrups.  It is great to see Mighty Fine read little guy websites like mine and taking the time to research and comment on them. Thanks Allison! Here is a post on the Might Fine blog confirming the information above – Gluten Free at Mighty Fine.

Personal Note: I am asymptomatic in regard to celiac disease so eating the chili did not do anything to me. I probably could eat all the glutenI want but I know it is not good for me. That is why I do my best to not eat any gluten because I know from time-to-time I may accidentally  eat some.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries are Gluten Free

September 20th, 2010 Comments off

I was up in Temple this past week and before I went gluten free I would always stop at the Five Guys Burgers up there as they have great burgers and fries. Now I know that I couldn’t have a full blown hamburger from there because of the bun but I thought maybe it is possible that their fries are gluten free. I jumped on the internet to find out.

Sure enough the fries at Five Guys are gluten free as they are freshly sliced potatoes that are fried in peanut oil and then lightly salted.

In my research I also found out that their beef is gluten free as well so you could actually have a convertible hamburger if you wanted without the bun. My capacity to eat isn’t back to where it usually was so I just opted for the fries as they give you a lot anyway. They were delicious and hit the spot.

I will definitely be visiting Five Guys again when I am down in the Arboretum are in Austin.

Here is a link to their website where they address gluten (only their buns have it) – Five Guys FAQ’s

Taco Cabana Gluten Free

May 14th, 2010 Comments off

After calling Taco Cabana they were nice enough to email me their PDF on all of their gluten free items. To sum it up just about everything is gluten free except the things that have flour tortillas.

Below is a pic of my lunch of taquitos (they call them flautas) and chips with queso. Yummy!

Here is the PDF that they sent me – Taco Cabana gluten free

Rudy’s BBQ is Gluten Free

May 13th, 2010 Comments off

God truly loves me because he has miraculously made Rudy’s BBQ gluten free. Not everything there is gluten free but all the good and important stuff is like all the meats and most of the sides.

Unfortunately they do not have their allergens listed on their website but they do have a card that you can ask for at each location. I did just that and snapped some pictures of the card below. One side is all of their lawyer stuff but the other side is their allergen list. I have eaten there a couple of times since finding out :-) .

Fire Bowl Cafe has Gluten Free Items

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

I decided to be daring today and try something new.

Now Fire Bowl Cafe is nowhere new to me but the dish I tried is. I tried their gluten free Ginger White Wine sauce with their Spring Veggie Mix on Flat Rice Chow Fun noodles (that’s a mouthfull, no pun intended).

The guy at the counter was nice enough to let me try the sauce before I decided whether to purchase it which I thought was cool.

The meal was very good and I am happy to have found another place and dish that I can add to my menu :-) .

Eating Gluten Free at Chik-fil-A

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

Today I tried eating gluten free at Chik-fil-A for the first time. I can sum it up in one word – Yum! After a week of nothing but Chipotle, Freebirds, and Chili’s Chik-fil-A was a welcome relief.

This is what I had:

  • Chargrilled Chicken Club – no bun, lettuce, or tomato with cheese and bacon (no lettuce/tomato is personal preference)
  • Waffle Fries
  • Ice Tea
  • Sauces – Ranch, BBQ, and Buffalo

My Gluten Free Meal at Chik-fil-A

The chicken, cheese, and bacon combination was so good together that I didn’t even use the sauce for it. I did use the sauce for the fires though. The chicken was nice and tender and much more flavorful then the chicken breast in the Margarita Chicken at Chili’s.

The thing that I really like about here other then the chicken is the fact that the sauces are gluten free. There are so many places out there who’s sauces aren’t and it is really a bummer.

I have found a new regular spot to eat :-) . They have definitely been added to My Menu.

Also, here is a link to the gluten free section of their website – Chik-fil-A Gluten Free.