Tesco Sweet and Sour Gluten and Wheat Free

After having a Tesco Sweet and Sour Gluten and Wheat free I suffered sever stomach issues - this occurred at 2:00 AM where I was struggling for breath. Paramedics were called and checked all my vitals which were all OK. In the effort to breathe I had become hyperventilated. After 30 minutes I calmed down and the Paramedics recommended I visit my GP. Doctors appointment revealed nothing (again) more blood tests planned for following week. I have numerous tests over months and nothing has ever been identified as a problem. I follow a strict GF diet which has helped me a lot. This suggests I am a celiac but every test has always returned as negative.

I had an issue with Uncle Ben's Sweet n Sour sauce several months ago, but not as sever as this latest episode.

Beware this product !!!

19 Replies

  • Hi, In order to get a true result in checking for coeliac I'm sorry to say you need to eat gluten for at least 6 weeks prior to the test. Check out the Coeliac UK website for the info. You might also be allergic to something in sweet and sour sauce separate to gf. Although I have tried it myself and didn't feel great after so I avoid it now. Hope you get a true diagnosis soon. Take care

  • Thank you - i know about going back on gluten for several weeks prior to tests, because i go into a shock state and get brain fog if I eat gluten no chance of me returned to Normal diet. i am fine with Tiger Sweet n Sour. FIsh/Crab sticks got me a few weeks ago i didnt check the packet until it was too late - yes they have wheat in them. The Tesco S & S post is a warning to others.

  • It sounds more like an allergic response than a coeliac reaction.

    Might it be one of the numerous preservatives, antioxidants and who knows what other rubbish that they put in ready meals?

    Why not make your own sweet and sour sauce, it's dead easy and then you know exactly what's in it.

    If you can find Heather Whinney's marvellous GF cookbook "What to Eat and How to Cook Gluten Free" it will save you from the perils of supermarket ready meals and you will save a packet as well as eating more healthily and not getting painful reactions.

  • Thanks for the reply - I have just ordered the GF cookbook. I normally steer well clear of all ready meals, but when its clearly labelled GF and wheat free you assume they are OK to eat. Have found this comment on Becky Excell web site reference Tesco free from Gluten range - I was also excited when I saw these appear as I avoid all wheat and cows milk project. Unfortunately after eating them I got mild asthma and spots on my eyelids which is how I know when I have eaten something containing wheat, rye, barley or oats. I should have known better, I hadn't checked the label - they contain malted barley. Labelling isn't as strict here as in the US.

    I couldn't see any reference to "malted barley' on the ingredients?

  • it could be the soya sauce? I found out the hard way that soya makes me very unwell, so I stay away from Chinese style dishes

  • I too stay away from all things chinese as even the contamination from cooking my meal in the same wok made me really ill, that was awhile ago now and if the family are having a take away I either cook my own Or get Indian....always good with no after effects

  • yep, Indian is no problem for me.

  • All real Indian dishes are gluten free as they don't use wheat they use rice flour instead its only in western countries that gluten/wheat finds its way into curry powders and sauces to bulk it up to make more money.

  • My advice is never buy any ready made meals, its easier and safer to make your own.

  • Yes I agree its not the ingredients but more likely to be the Soy Sauce I love eating Thai Food from a good restaurant and have eaten a Malaysian Buffet where they were very helpful and cooked all my food in front of me in Clean Woks....Very good food and service

  • nice, Malaysian is that like Chinese food?

  • Hi Yes I think so Just a more subtle taste to me but Cooked the same

  • The ingredient list reads:

    Water, Pineapple Juice From Concentrate, Sugar, Tomato Purée, Water Chestnut (8%), Pineapple (4.5%), Red Pepper (4%), Green Pepper (4%), Modified Maize Starch, Spirit Vinegar, Pineapple Juice, Salt, Ginger Purée, Garlic Purée, Colour (Paprika Extract)

    Not sure what the warning is about as there isn't anything there. Is it more likely to have been the accompanying 'grain' product.

    The only thing I would add is that there is a lot of stuff to 'ferment' here, it's easy to eat this 'homogenised' bottle stuff quite fast and if you had bowel issues you might suffer pain or associated symptoms if you were constipated and developed trapped wind (which can be excruciating).

    Only a thought.

    As for going GF making you feel better so you must be coeliac, not necessarily so. There are loads of people who feel better on a GF diet and they are so glad they aren't coeliac. Novak Djokovic and Gwynneth Paltrow are well known for this.

  • GP's cannot always tell from blood tests. To be properly diagnosed you need an endoscopy. The only problem is you have to eat wheat till this procedure is done.

  • Risking death to get a diagnosis is not the best idea. Especially when the cure is to go Gluten Free anyway. if the truth be known the medical profession just do not want people to be diagnosed with anything if they can help it.

  • Really !

  • yep, according to my GP it was all my head until I ended up in theatre. I could have saved so much time and pain if I was simply told about gluten.

  • Best thing to do is make everything yourself.

  • Yep is what I mostly do ....but I also like to socialise and always believe that I am educating people out there also. to be more aware for their customers, I have in the past been turned away from places where they appeared not to care Or were Ignorant Or afraid of being sued.....I told one restaurant the chances of me being able to prove it was their meal that made me ill is virtually 0....even tho years ago when newly diagnosed I would still be eating my meal and have to dash to the ladies !!! After returning to my seat, I then discovered that they had given me a version for Vegetarians believing I was just being plain awkward and wanted to be different from my friends....blah blah blah I'm sure you've all heard it before...

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