Gluten Free and the Cough and Cold Season

For those of us out there who have experienced a cough & cold of any kind this winter, an icky sickly feeling that comes over you and feels like it's knocked you flat on your's a bit of information you might not be aware of.

Recently I was asked to look into gluten free cough drops and help a fellow Celiac out in searching for cough remedies that are both gluten free and diabetic friendly. As we all know there are loads of options out there and some are better than others, but in all honesty, my number one go to is Home made chicken soup (way better than store bought but not always available right when you need it) and hot lemon flavoured tea.

As as second runner up for me at least, I tend to grab for Fisherman's friend cough lozenges. I'll admit that I had become lazy and forgotten to check to make sure they were in fact gluten free until my fellow Celiac asked me to look into cough drops. Oops! 

Anyway, I did get in touch with the folks at Fisherman's Friend and this is what they shared with me...
Thanks for contacting us regarding our Fisherman’s Friend lozenges and their suitability for people who require a gluten free diet. 
In answer to your question, Lofthouse of Fleetwood Ltd., who manufacture Fisherman’s Friend have confirmed to us that all Fisherman’s Friend lozenges and all of their ingredients are 100% gluten free. 
The “dextrin” ingredient used in some varieties of Fisherman’s Friend is sourced from tapioca (gluten free) and the Original Extra Strong and Regular lozenges are dusted with corn starch (also gluten free). 
In addition to being gluten free, all Fisherman’s Friend lozenges are:
  • 100% vegetarian
  • contain no egg or milk/dairy products
  • Peanut and tree nut free
  • Both Kosher and Halal approved (certificates available on request).
As I know I should always remember to be more careful, I am thankful to hear that I was not accidentally ingesting gluten. Eek that wouldn't have been good.  I will be sure to check into other popular cough drops out there and share my findings with our lovely readers.

Hope you're all able to avoid the terrible colds that are going around lately. Stay warm!

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  1. Relieves coughs, Loosens chest congestion, Pleasant tasting.

  2. Thanks. I should have checked your site first before going directly to Fisherman's Friends. Hopefully I will get the same response you did. I unfortunately have become contaminated, so as well as suffering from a cold- I also have that delightful ring of fire. My search continues to find the culprit!

  3. Thank you ! I was worried about the licorice powder ingredient...but i guess plain old licorice root would not be a problem in this case.


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