Where Could Gluten be Hiding?



Whether you have Celiac disease or just an intolerance to gluten (like me),
you will need to start your gluten-free diet by figuring out what you can or
can’t eat. You probably know all the main options, like skipping your normal
bread products, checking condiments, and being sure you avoid all forms of wheat.
However, gluten can often be hiding in products you wouldn’t suspect,
and the only way to know is by understanding what ingredients point to being gluten. Ingredients with Gluten Hydrolyzed malt extract Hydrolyzed vegetable protein Phytosphingosine extract Amino peptide complex Secale cereale Fermented grain extract Hordeum distichon Hordeum vulgare Hydrolysate Maltodextrin Brown rice syrup Modified food starch Hydrolyzed vegetable protein Hydrolyzed soy protein Caramel color Be Careful for These So now you’ve turned to look at your items from the last store visit. As you
read through the ingredients, you see a few familiar names, but now is the time
to focus. Some of the names that are generally included in this somewhat hidden
group are: Kamut, hydrolyzed wheat protein, durum, farro, rye bread, atta,
and farina. If you have serious gluten sensitivity, then it would be important
that you be sure to not only stay away from these foods and their processed
versions, but also be very careful about eating ingredients that can become
tainted by the presence of gluten sometime on the way to you, the consumer. Sauces, Soups, Seasoning and Sausage Among the foods mentioned here, these end up being some of the biggest surprises. The gluten found in liquid foods like spaghetti sauce, several varieties of creamy
soups, and popular seasoning packets has usually been added as a thickening agent,
but it’s inclusion in sausage is entirely filler. With a small amount of research,
it should be a piece of cake (but don’t eat gluten-filled cake- LOL!) to find
processed meats without gluten that can be enjoyed in very small doses. Many of
these meats are clearly marked so that people who are interested in gluten free
items can easily identify them. More Foods to Avoid When you’re first learning about the intricacies of the gluten-free diet and
lifestyle, it’s probably seems like you’re going to have to get rid of and avoid
an unbelievable amount of foods that you might enjoy. When you’re getting ready
to make a major dietary change, the best thing you can do for yourself is to
empower yourself with knowledge so that you can find success by fully experiencing
the variety and nuances of food. The good news is that there are a lot of great
ways to confront these issues, so this article will be primarily focusing on
prepackaged ingredients to avoid when you are cutting out gluten. Condiments One of the main things that people neglect when looking at a gluten free diet,
is that condiments they love can be loaded with gluten. In recent years, the spread
of gluten- has become enough of a fad that it’s become relatively common as a
marketing point. Ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings, gravy, malt vinegar,
marinades, and even soy sauces may contain gluten. You will need to get used to
reading labels to look for any ingredients that might have gluten. Just be sure to
buy the gluten-free certified versions of your favorite condiments, and you
won’t have to worry about it. Beverages If you’re on the go or in a hurry in the morning, it can be pretty tempting to
grab a flavored coffee for yourself at the gas station on your way to work, but
the hidden gluten in those drinks can derail a strict program. Instant drinks,
root beer, wine coolers and other convenience drinks of similar type tend to
include gluten in their list of ingredients. While having these drinks is a fast way to satisfy some urges, they aren’t
usually very healthy, and many of these types of drinks also tend to have a high
level of acidity, or cause acidity in the gut. It’s always better to have fresh
versions when you can. Here is a list of other names for gluten as it appears
on some ingredient labels.  


  • Artificial colors
  • Cocoa Mixes
  • Diet Shakes
  • Some Sodas
  • Infant Formulas
  • Carmel color and Carmel flavor
  • Instant Coffee (can contain wheat to add bulk) 
  • Beer
  • Alternative Milks may contain gluten


Processed Meats
These types of ingredients usually find their way into many lists. Health professionals 
have been warning consumers about the dangers of processed foods for years, 
particularly with a close eye on the effects of processed meats. These kinds of foods 
are well known for their acidic nature, and tend to be behind a lot of the heartburn 
around the world. These conditions are ripe for swelling and inflammation, which can 
make itself worse over time, so it should be no surprise that many of these packaged, 
coagulated meat products also contain a plant protein that a portion of the population 
has a difficulty digesting.


Did you ever think about gluten hiding in your lipstick or shampoo? Well it does!! Check the labels for these ingredients that contain gluten




  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein (or any ingredient using the word "wheat")
  • Wheat amino acids (or amino acids without a specified source)
  • Barley seed extract (or any ingredient using the word "barley")
  • Aspergillus
  • Avena (Avena are oats. While not all oats contain gluten, they are often 
    processed in plants that do, so it's best to avoid any products containing any 
    oats unless it is certified gluten-free.)
  • Dextrin or dextrose from a non-specified source
  • Hydrolyzed malt extract (or any ingredient containing the word "malt")
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Polygonum G
  • Secale cereale seed (or any ingredients that contain secale cereale seed)
  • Tocopherol acetate
  • Triticum aestivum
  • Triticum turgidum durum
  • Triticum vulgare
  • Bran
  • Yeast extract


The moral of this story...become a food detective and READ your labels!