If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you’re likely already aware of the common sources of gluten, such as bread, pasta, and cereal. However, there are some less obvious sources of gluten that you may not have considered. In this blog post, we’ll explore some surprising sources of gluten and how to avoid them.
Gravy: A Sneaky Source of Gluten
Gravy may seem harmless, but many store-bought and restaurant-made gravies contain wheat flour as a thickening agent. This means that your holiday turkey or roast beef dinner could be sabotaging your gluten-free diet. To avoid gluten in your gravy, make your own using cornstarch or gluten-free flour as a thickener, or look for gluten-free options in the store.
Medication: Don’t Overlook the Fine Print
Did you know that some medications contain gluten? It’s true! Some manufacturers use gluten as a binder or filler in their pills. This can be especially concerning for people who take medication on a regular basis. Always read the labels carefully and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
Processed Meats: Watch Out for Hidden Ingredients
Processed meats, such as deli meat and sausage, can contain gluten as a filler or thickener. This can be surprising, as you may not expect gluten to be lurking in your sandwich or breakfast sausage. Be sure to check the labels and look for gluten-free options.
Beauty Products: It’s Not Just What You Eat
Believe it or not, some beauty products can contain gluten as well. This is especially true for products that are applied to the lips or mouth, such as lipstick or lip balm. If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it’s important to check the ingredients in your beauty products as well as your food. Look for products labeled gluten-free, or contact the manufacturer if you’re unsure.
Imitation Meat: Not Always a Safe Bet
As more people adopt vegetarian and vegan diets, imitation meat products have become more popular. However, some of these products can contain gluten as a binder or filler. If you’re looking for a gluten-free meat alternative, be sure to check the labels and look for products that are specifically labeled gluten-free.
Other Possible Sources of Gluten
•bullion and broths
•soy sauce / beverages
•veggie burgers vitamin supplements
Items Labeled Wheat-Free: Don’t Assume They’re Gluten-Free
Finally, it’s important to note that just because a product is labeled “wheat-free” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s gluten-free. Wheat is just one source of gluten, so a product could be wheat-free but still contain other gluten-containing ingredients, such as barley or rye. Always read the labels carefully and look for products that are specifically labeled gluten-free.
There are many surprising sources of gluten that you may not have considered. By being vigilant and checking labels carefully, you can avoid these hidden culprits and stay on track with your gluten-free diet.
Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. For more information on celiac disease and gluten sources visit www.nationalceliac.org.