There are some obvious places we find gluten...bread, pasta and crackers. But where else is gluten hiding in our lives?
This is simply a guide to help prevent accidental gluten consumption. If you've been living gluten-free but still aren't feeling your best, these are a few of the places to start looking.
Knowledge is power! Be aware of gluten in the following products and ingredients.
Feeling overwhelmed? You're not alone! Reach out and connect for support and more resources for a happy, healthy, gluten-free transition.
My own motto that I share with my nutrition consulting clients: When I'm not sure, skip it or wait for more information.
I'd much rather be safe than sorry.
Foods and Ingredients to Be Mindful About:
Artificial/Natural Flavorings - May be derived from wheat, barley or malt. Choose trusted gluten-free brands. Read labels carefully.
Beer - Contains barley and/or malt. Consume only trusted gluten-free brands.
Brown Rice Syrup - From trusted gluten-free brands may be gluten-free, from others may contain barley.
Brewer’s Yeast - A by-product of beer. Nutritional supplements may have gluten-free sources. Verify with manufacturer.
Candy - Check ingredients and/or confirm with manufacturer. Or check up-to-date seasonal candy lists on this site.
Cake Frosting (Prepared) - May contain wheat starch.
Cheeses (Processed/Shredded) - Cheese slices may contain modi fied food starch, pre-shredded may be dusted with flour.
Chocolate - May contain barley malt extract or malt liquor.
Dairy substitutes - Rice or soy milk products may contain barley or malt flavoring. Check ingredients.
Dextrin - May be from multiple sources. Typically made from corn, potato, arrowroot, rice, or tapioca and IS gluten-free. Rarely made from wheat. If have a reaction, discontinue use and verify source before restarting.
Drinks, Sodas, Flavored Drinks - Check labels carefully.
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) - May use wheat, rye, oats, or barley as hydrolyzed plant protein, HVP or HPP protein source.
Ice Cream - May contain wheat for texture. Also watch for cookies, etc. in ingredients.
Licorice - Most contains wheat.
Lipstick - May contain wheat starch as a filler or dispersing agent.
Malt or malt flavoring - Derived from barley.
Malt Vinegar - Made from barley.
Meat Products, Deli Meats, Sausages (Processed/Prepared) - Flavorings and additives may be derived from wheat.
Modifi ed Food Starch - Most often derived from corn in the US. Outside the US check labels or verify with the manufacturer.
Mono and Di-Glycerides - Sources may vary. Use a trusted manufacturer or con r source.
Play-Doh (Hasbro) - Contains wheat.
Pre-Packaged Foods - May contain flour, modifi ed food starch, wheat or barley. Read labels carefully, check with manufacturer.
Prescription/Over the Counter Drugs - May contain wheat starch as a fi ller or dispersing agent. Contact source directly and make sure pharmacy has your celiac or gluten issue listed.
Salad Dressings - May contain wheat. Check with manufacturer or chef.
Sauces, Jams, Gravies - May contain wheat starch as a thickener.
Soba Noodles - Made from buckwheat, which is gluten-free, but wheat may be added, con rm ingredients.
Soy Sauce - May contain wheat or barley. Check ingredients. Use a Tamari based gluten-free soy sauce.
Seasonings/Spice Blends - May contain wheat to prevent clumping/for thickening. Use a reputable gluten-free brand or contact manufacturer.
Teas - May contain barley malt as a sweetener. Confirm gluten-free with manufacturer or use trusted brands and check labels.
Toothpaste, Mouthwash - Check labels carefully and confirm ingredients with manufacturer. Alert your dentist that you are gluten intolerant or celiac.
Considering eliminating gluten from your diet? You're not alone!
Contact me for personalized support, to make the gluten-free transition easier. Available via Skype or telephone wherever you are.
P.S. Still trying to understand what gluten IS, exactly?
Read our quick and easy definition in this post - what is gluten?
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