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Beware of Cooking Sprays

April 16th, 2010

So yeah, I made these yummy brownie chocolate chip cookie bars that are supposed to be gluten-free, but my gut is telling me there is something wrong. What gives?

As I curled up in bed last night with Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s book, The G-Free Diet, I may have come across a partial answer. She spends a great amount of time talking about cross contamination in the kitchen, but she also mentions cooking spray with grain alcohol’s as a possible source of gluten. Did I contaminate my seemingly gfree cookies? I know when I ate a little bite of one tonight I started to swell up like a puffer fish. I’m taking some benydryl and calling it a night.

More research is obviously needed, but more than likely in the future I will probably just end up coating my baking dishes with butter or oil and skip the cooking spray.

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  1. April 16th, 2010 at 21:44 | #1

    A friend showed me a non-aerosol bottle she got which is for spraying your choice of oils on pans. She put Olive in hers. I think she said she got hers at World Market (Cost Plus). I am going to go looking for one when my aerosol olive oil can runs out. (I’m sensitive to wheat but not celiac.)

  2. April 17th, 2010 at 18:07 | #2

    @LynnH
    Thanks for the tip Lynn. I will look for a bottle like that!

  3. April 22nd, 2010 at 11:16 | #3

    I would suggest this book. It answers all the questions with all the research to back it up. I haven’t read the book by Hasselback I have read reviews that state she has some incorrect info.

    http://www.amazon.com/Wheat-Free-Worry-Free-Healthy-Gluten-Free-Living/dp/1561709913/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1

  4. April 22nd, 2010 at 19:45 | #4

    @bakingbarb
    Thank you Barb for the book suggestion. I’ve started reading what has been available at the public library first. I’ll try and get my hands on that one next. I’ll probably post my Hasselback book review sometime this weekend. I’m still researching the plagiarism case and some other things before I post.

  5. July 14th, 2011 at 14:56 | #5

    Seriously!? I have not heard of cooking sprays containing gluten!? I thought all the protein was cooked out with grain alcohol. I will have to look more into this! Thanks for the heads up!

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