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Gluten Free - Halloween 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2020 11:15:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Trick-or-Treating might be off this year, but you and your kids can still enjoy some gluten free treats!

It's that time of year again! Since it's easy for some treats to fly under the radar we've taken the guess work out for you. There probably won't be much sifting through candies this year there is no reason that candy should be cancelled! 

If your child has a gluten allergy or any allergy it can make sifting through their Halloween candies more tedious. While there are countless gluten free candies, there are some that do contain gluten and fly under the radar a little.

Here is a quick list of some common Halloween treats that contain gluten that you might not have thought would.

Hershey's :

  • Hershey's Special Dark Bar
  • Hershey's Cookies 'N' Creme Bar
  • Hershey's Milk Chocolate Drops
  • Hershey's Miniatures
  • Mr. Goodbar
  • Symphony Bar
  • Hershey's Extra Dark Chocolate

Mars's:

  • M&M Pretzel flavor and some M&M seasonal flavors (see above)
  • Some packages of seasonal flavored M&Ms—in the past this has included White Chocolate, Mint and M&M Coconut flavors
  • Milky Way Bar (original)
  • Mars Bar
  • Mars Combos (a snack mix)

Nestle:

  • Butterfinger
  • Kit Kat Bar
  • Wonka Nerds
  • Sweetarts
  • Wonka Bar (all flavors)
  • Chewy Spree
  • Wonka Gummies
  • Wonka Kazoozles
  • Everlasting Gobstopper
  • 100 Grand Bar

For the full list follow this link https://www.verywell.com/gluten-free-candy-list-562806. The site provides a full comprehensive list of candies that are safe to eat for those with a gluten allergy and that are not.

Test, test, test before you switch to a gluten-free diet.  Once diagnosed, switch to a gluten-free and I recommend grain-free diet for faster healing.  Researchers say that the gut heals faster from heroin addiction (3 years) than from gluten enteropathy (5 years).  Avoiding grains heals the gut and prevents further complications from grain intolerance.  

Once allergens are diagnosed, we create an emergency treatment plan for acute episodes after accidental exposures.  If an infant presents with food allergy symptoms during exclusive breastfeeding then mom has to follow a maternal elimination diet and correct her underlying dysbiosis of her intestinal microbiome.  I remove her allergens and have her take GOOD GUT Probiotics + immune and GOOD GUT Repair.  I recommend Xymogen's HistDao for added protection and a specialized probiotics for infants from Klaire Labs that you can order from Emerson Ecologics through our virtual pharmacy.  Probiotics modulate the immune system and help to prevent allergic conditions like atopic dermatitis.  

Our new lab partner tests for comprehensive G.I. Profile and food allergies. If you have insurance it is covered and blood draw is done in your home at a convenient time for you. It does not get better than this.  

Have a Happy Gluten Free Halloween!

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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