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Peety
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   Posted 1/2/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, happy new year!
I have heard mention that Heineken beer is so low in gluten as to be OK to drink if I have intolerance to wheat, barley, etc. But the company's statement is wishy-washy and I can't find confirmation on the Celiac sites or anywhere on Internet. I had one this week and was OK...and it sure tastes lots, lots better than the gluten-free beer and I should be able to buy it in sports bars, where we spend a lot of time.
I don't remember a thread on this, so any thoughts or experience?
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/2/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I emailed the heineken company awhile back. And they won't say they are gluten free because of other products made in the brewery that does use wheat. They will say that wheat is not used in heineken beer and that acording to their tests that they are below " the levels" to be considered gluten free.
Bud light used to be my brand of choice but when I switched to gluten free I switched to heineken and have had not problems that way. Of course my gluten intolerance never caused me any problems except for keeping my UC flare going. When I went gluten free my flare symptoms cut in half. My doc says I am not alllergic to gluten, just have an intolerance....
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


Peety
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   Posted 1/2/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, that's me too, intolerant not allergic.
I guess I'll try it, in moderation of course!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
of course... LOL. wish I would have saved that email. But I believe the web site states something similar. Some nights ya just want that beer. ANother drink I have found that is gluten free is captain morgan and ginger ale. Not bad. tastes like vanilla.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/3/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
so how did the heinekin work for ya? Here is a website that deals only with gluten free and UC... but there are also some areas on there that discuss gluten free and different beers. Pretty informative site for some one tryin to go gluten free. Its no where near as active of a site as this one though.

www.peter-thomson.co.uk/messageboard/coeliac-celiac/ulcerative_colitis.htm
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


rob_uk
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   Posted 1/4/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
i noticed that some eastern lagers are made from rice, i don't know if there's gluten in them but its worth checking out. tsingtao (not sure if i've spelt that right) is one of them, they have it in a chinese restaurant near me.

bobbit
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   Posted 1/4/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, just a quick one, i was told to stay off any beers/largers that contain yeast and sugar . If anything i was told to dring spirits as there is less if not any present in them
ROB

Peety
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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't tried the Heineken yet, but I will. We haven't yet had an evening game outing, that's when I enjoyed a beer.
I don't know how to know if beer has yeast or sugar, maybe the gluten-free do not?

FYI, I was liking New Grist gluten-free beer best, it's lighter than Redbridge. But then got a bad -- and I'm mean foul -- batch, who knows what happened. Wasted $10 on it.
My favorite beverage is bourbon, but I can only do a splash in mixers or it makes me bleed. Ginger ale is a great mixer, but have you noticed bars are not stocking it anymore? They try to use sprite instead, it's just not the same.

Booze is not as important to me as this makes it sound... just conversation!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand... but I also understand how nice it is to have a couple choices for when you are out or do want a drink.

Peety...... did you check out that other link about gluten free???? Seemed like to me there was lots of good info on there abut gluten free diets. And the connection to our disease.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


doors12
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   Posted 1/18/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   

I decided to have a few beers last night as this is a long weekend.  I went to the store and picked up Heineken which I haven't drank in years just to see.  Well, I wanted to report that I seem to feel measurably better this morning compared to past forays with things like Corona, Hefeweizen (like Widmer Bros - I think it's a Wheat Ale so no surprise there) or even bud. 

Ever since the DD started, when I drank beer I felt like I would get warmer like low grade fever and my nasal passage would seem to constrict and I would often get a headache.  Well so far this AM and last night I feel ok.  I wouldn't consider it a license to drink again, but I am now wondering if I should keep an eye on gluten in foods.  Honestly I don't know if I have the discipline to change my entire diet, but maybe I could start being more aware?  I also had a test for gluten allergy before they even knew I had UC and it was negative.

There is another brand of beer I used to drink in the winter, it is an Oatmeal stout.  I seem to recall from years ago that it didn't put the hurt on me.  I will try to find it in the store sometime and carry on another 'experiment' and let you guys know.

Thanks for posting this thread! yeah

 

[update] Did some google search and this is the oatmeal stout:  http://www.merchantduvin.com/pages/5_breweries/samsmith_oatmeal_stout.html

also seems there is debate on whether oatmeal contains gluten, one post on a message board states that sam smith would be coming out with a gluten free beer.  I haven't found it yet.


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
(Generic Balsalazide not as effective for me)
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
I hate Ulcerative Colitis and can't wait till we eradicate it
 

Post Edited (doors12) : 1/18/2009 10:30:07 AM (GMT-7)


Shadam
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   Posted 1/18/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Peety,

I had the same question a few weeks ago and got almost the same response in questions. I went a head and had a few Heineken Lights (first time I had a drink in over 3 months) and everything seemed alright. Yesterday I decided to have a few more becuase it was sooo night out, after my first, I felt an immediate urge to go (which I did), I continued to have 3 more to see what would happen and everything was ok.

All in all this disease is so up and down that I dont know what to eat or drink now...
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Started taking chamomile tea and multi vitamins (waiting for results)


Peety
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   Posted 1/18/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally had a few Heineken lights yesterday (they seemed to be pretty watery, went down easy...) and I felt OK both last night and today. I'm so relieved!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/18/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
heineken regular tastes better I think... more flavor. Heineken light... definately more watered down taste. But then again... less calories... LOL
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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