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Posted by Liz R on September 27, 2000 at 16:46:21:

In Reply to: Asthma - People with cereal allergies warned of Cola/Cocoa risk............. posted by Margaret on September 27, 2000 at 05:37:53:


: Asthma is an allergy and it's in many of our familys, so i thought this may be of interest to some.
: best wishes,
: margaret.
: People with Cereal Allergies Warned of Cola Risk
: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
: 1999;96:11482-11485.
: (Celiac.com 04/10/2000) Spanish researchers, including
: Dr. Alicia Armentia
: Medina from the Hospital Rio Hortega in Valladolid,
: Spain, warn that people
: who have cereal allergies should exercise caution when
: drinking cola or cocoa
: products as these beverages may contain cereal
: proteins.
: These proteins could
: cause a severe asthmatic reaction in rare instances.
: Cereal allergies are
: very common throughout the world, and it is difficult
: to
: know the formulation
: of cola drinks. According to Dr. Medina: "It is
: possible
: that they contain
: cereals." In their study, which was presented to the
: 16th World Congress of
: Asthma in Spain, Medina's team analyzed the allergic
: reactions of nine people
: who suffered severe asthmatic reactions after drinking
: cola. The researchers
: linked their allergic reactions to specific
: alpha-amylase inhibitor molecules
: that originate from wheat, rye and barley, and were
: found in their drink.

: The researchers conclude: "My personal opinion is that
: persons who know that
: they have a cereal allergy should be careful about
: consuming foods such as
: (colas) and cocoa that could contain cereal in their
: composition."


Yikes! I thought Coke products were gluten free. I think I read that at gfcfdiet.com. Thank you for posting this.

Liz R

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