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Gluten Free Dino Chicken Bites - Kids and adults love them!

Trying to maintain a gluten free diet is a challenge enough for adults but for kids it can be even greater. Most kids love chicken nuggets or chicken fingers. Since these are battered with flour they are off limits, that is, unless you can find them made with gluten free flour. Our family found some that taste good, especially when dipped in gluten free Ranch dressing (our favorite Annie’s Cowgirl Ranch Dressing).

Watch a video review from your humble gastroenterologist and his seven year-old son below.

Garrett County Farms, a division of Wellshire Farms foods, makes these gluten free chicken bites from chicken free of antibiotics and preservatives. Wellshire Farms is based in Swedesboro, New Jersey, is family owned and specializes in all natural foods. Now natural and preservative free doesn’t mean low fat but they do compare favorably with other chicken strips in taste. They come in 20-ounce re-sealable pouches and they are Dinosaur shaped!

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Dr. Scot Lewey is a digestive disease specialist doctor (board certified gastroenterologist) whose medical practice focuses on digestive and food related illness.

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Blogger Anne said...

I think you enjoy biting the heads off dinosaurs. Thanks for the review.

I react to yeast. Does that mean I should stay away from yeast extract? Currently I avoid anything that says "yeast". It was an ingredient in the chicken strips.

August 6, 2008 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger The Food Doc, Dr. Scot Lewey said...


If by yeast you mean dietary yeast such as Brewer's or Baker's yeast. This dietary yeast is used in food processing. It is known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae and antibodies to this yeast are known as ASCA. ASCA positivity is common in Crohn's disease but is seen in any condition that causes a leaky gut including mastocytic enterocolitis. This yeast should not be confused with Candida albicans, a soil yeast also present in our digestive tract but not added to food. Excessive sugar ingestion has been blamed by some as a cause of too much Candida growth in the digestive tract. Antibiotics, which kill bacteria but not yeast, can result in Candida yeast overgrowth, as can immune suppression, diabetes or aging.

Presuming you are referring to dietary yeast, then you probably should avoid any foods containing yeast or yeast extract if you know you react. Processed foods containing yeast may be particularly problematic given the complex interactions of multiple food proteins, preservatives, and other additives.

Thanks for your comment and question. Check out the newest video on Gluten Free Mac & Cheese!

August 10, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

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