Finding Hidden Gluten in Your Foods

August 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Gluten-Free Diets/Celiac Disease

Following a gluten-free diet can be challenging at the best of times, and successfully avoiding gluten requires a bit of detective work. It may not be obvious when reading a food label that a particular food contains gluten. Below is a list of the many food ingredients and additives that may contain hidden gluten. If you are gluten intolerant, it is important to verify specific foods to ensure that they do not contain hidden gluten.

Baking Powder
Blue Cheese
Brown rice syrup
Caramel colorings or flavorings
Cereal fillers, protein or starch
Citric Acid
Corn Starch
Curry Powder
Dispersing Agents
Excipients (in prescription medications, for consistency)
Extracts (in grain alcohol)
Flavorings (in grain alcohol)
Flours made from wheat, barley, oats, and rye
Grain alcohol (beer, ale, rye, scotch, bourbon, grain vodka)
Gum base
Homeopathic remedies
Hydrolyzed protein, Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
Malt or Malt Flavoring (barley malt, malt vinegar)
Modified starch, Modified food starch (made from wheat)
Mono- and di-glycerides (made using a wheat starch carrier)
Natural flavorings
Oils (wheat germ oil and others with gluten additives)
Soy sauce (when fermented with wheat)
Spices (if anti-caking agent used)
Starch (modified food starch, edible starch)
Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Vegetable gum
Vegetable protein or starch
Vinegars (white, or malt)
Vital wheat gluten (common in soy products)
Vitamin E oil

Written by Elizabeth Daeninck, MS, RD
Published in November 2008


One Comment on "Finding Hidden Gluten in Your Foods"

  1. Peter Holyk MD CNS on Sat, 26th Dec 2009 12:46 am 

    A much more extensive list than most people realize. I have found it helpful to start people off more slowly by avoiding FIVE GRAINS: Wheat Oats Barley Rye Kamut. When some people see a list like this one they feel really deprived and despondent.
    But it is really a good thing to know when the GLUTEN ALLERGY is really chewing up your gut – literally.

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