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Hidden Sources of Gluten

Gluten can be "hidden" in places where you least expect it to be.  Below are some common items that may contain gluten.  Be careful to always check the labels on the following items.  If you are uncertain, contact the manufacturer, talk to your pharmacist or visit:  www.glutenfreedrugs.com for a list of gluten-free medications and cosmetics.  It's unclear how many medicines contain gluten.  Steve Plogsted, a nutrition support pharmacist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, demonstrates in a limited list he maintains that over 150 prescription and OTC medicines contain the gluten molecule and it may not be disclosed on the label.

Here's another good source for GF cosmetics.  

• Malt vinegars
• Soy sauce
• Mustard
• Salad dressing
• Fruit & vegetable juices
• MSG
• Vegetable proteins
• Couscous
 • BBQ Sauce

• Teriyaki sauce
• Soup
• Spice mixes
• Hot tea
• Artificial colors & flavors
• Smoke flavor
• Orzo pasta
• Rice syrup
• Vitamins/medications
• Beer & some alcoholic beverages

Surprise Sources of Hidden Gluten in Non-Food Sources:  Cosmetics, playdough (some kids will eat this), some medicines and tea bag packaging.  You can call the manufacturer to be certain.  Once thought to be a hidden source of gluten was the glue used on stamps, envelopes, and labels that you lick.   According to the Envelope Manufacturers Association, there is no gluten used in the glue for lickable envelopes.  Also, the U.S. Postal Service uses gluten-free stamp glue.

Click here to download a handout with a more extensive list of hidden sources of gluten in food items.

sgshayshay
I recently was diagnosed with more food allergies. As I get older it seem that my body is not tolerating much of anything. At first it was difficult to accept but I think the hardest part was having friends that teased me while they were eatting foods I once was able to enjoy. I just became a member to the GFP community and I have to admit, I am more at ease about my new lifestyle. I can now find meal ideas and most important education and support. Thank you GFP
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pmay
Essential to good health is knowing what you are putting in your body for nourishment. Do you have a list of "additives" that have complex names, for example, sodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, maltodextrin, and their effects on CD or Gluten Intolerance, or what they actually are made from? I have multiple allergies to also Soy, and possibly Corn, Dairy, and all the Wheat based products.... more
Essential to good health is knowing what you are putting in your body for nourishment. Do you have a list of "additives" that have complex names, for example, sodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, maltodextrin, and their effects on CD or Gluten Intolerance, or what they actually are made from? I have multiple allergies to also Soy, and possibly Corn, Dairy, and all the Wheat based products. I had a test taken but it was negative since I had been on a gluten free diet for over a year. It took 2 1/2 years of gluten free focus to rid my body of extreme muscle and joint pain, so I am not willing to eat gluten to take a test to see if I have CD, or just a gluten intolerance. Any ideas? less
greg
Thanks for the comment. Check out the pdf link on this page for a thorough list of additives and ingredients that have gluten in them.  All of the recipes, meals/snacks and products on GFP are gluten-free. Depending on your sensitivity, however, the gluten-free labeling may or may not be adequate. Some products may be labeled gluten-free, but still have less than 20ppm of gluten in them.
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susabelle
thank you for the info on the FODMAP diet and gluten free menus. I am also lactose intolerant which eliminates any cheeses. I am encouraged though to see websites like this one to help with this huge change in my life.
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dcarson
My doctor, after several blood tests, found that I have Hashimoto's Disease which is an autoimmune disease affecting the hormones the thyroid produces for controlling the metabolism. I was diagnosed at 18 as having a hypothyroid and now as I have gotten older the Hashimoto's Disease as set in. The doctor recommended going gluten free and at first I balked at the new way I would have to eat.... more
My doctor, after several blood tests, found that I have Hashimoto's Disease which is an autoimmune disease affecting the hormones the thyroid produces for controlling the metabolism. I was diagnosed at 18 as having a hypothyroid and now as I have gotten older the Hashimoto's Disease as set in. The doctor recommended going gluten free and at first I balked at the new way I would have to eat. She gave me a card entitled, "Thinking about going gluten-free?" So I went on the GFP website and spoke with a consultant to help me through the website. Now I look forward to trying all of the neat recipes and playing around creating my own menu that will be simple for me as a single person. I tried other websites but the preplanned menus had too much food left over with nowhere to use up all the leftovers. So I ended up scratching out several days' worth of meals and then putting my leftovers in the appropriate boxes...now I can plan for all the leftovers and save on my grocery bill at the same time. I love how the sight is so easy to maneuver around for a beginner like me. Thanks oodles GFP for turning this difficult transition into a fun project I look forward to implementing into my lifestyle change!!! less
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recovfree
what will the listing be on the tea that has hidden gluten? i have yet to discover anything, perhaps i am looking for the wrong things.
Jan
I have mostly heard that you need to be cautious of the glue that is used to seal the tea bags. Perhaps loose tea in a holder may be a good substitution for the tea bags, to be on the safe side.
Lpatrick
I was recently diagnosed with an allergy to gluten, The list just keeps growing on things I cant eat
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Jan
I understand, it does seem overwhelming initially. I encourage you to go to the menu planner and create a menu and check out all the options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to view all the wonderful food you can eat. In the column to the left, you will see all the meals available beside just the ones that populated your menu.
HingisFan1
Wow!! I had no idea there were so many hidden sources of gluten!! I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac's disease and IBS with Constipation. It's no wonder I've been so sick!!
Jan
I hope going gluten-free is helpful for you with all of your symptoms. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. I'd love to hear if you notice any of your symptoms lessening after beginning a gluten-free diet!!
louisedickson
Once you develop a gluten intolerance, its amazing how friends and family are not tolerant of my new lifestyle. They say things like "what's wrong with gluten-its a natural protein" or you are way to fussy about what you eat. Worse still, close family does not support my desire to change my shopping and eating habits, and are emotionally un-supportive.... more
Once you develop a gluten intolerance, its amazing how friends and family are not tolerant of my new lifestyle. They say things like "what's wrong with gluten-its a natural protein" or you are way to fussy about what you eat. Worse still, close family does not support my desire to change my shopping and eating habits, and are emotionally un-supportive. It's bad enough dealing with my own emotions around not being able to eat foods I used to love, without being ridiculed on top of it. I had no idea that this would happen. less
Jan
Oh Louise, I'm so sorry to hear that you are not receiving support for choosing to go gluten-free. Unfortunately, you're not alone. That's why we wrote the article "Living Gluten-Free: What Friends and Family Need to Know". You can find it under GFP Lesson Plans, week 7 in Support. Even well-meaning family and friends may just not "get it".... more
Oh Louise, I'm so sorry to hear that you are not receiving support for choosing to go gluten-free. Unfortunately, you're not alone. That's why we wrote the article "Living Gluten-Free: What Friends and Family Need to Know". You can find it under GFP Lesson Plans, week 7 in Support. Even well-meaning family and friends may just not "get it". You can print out the article or email it to a select few that may be open to learning about going-gluten free and how they can support you. Good luck and we are always here to support you!! less
Sherrol
What woul be a good GFBook to buy that covers GF foods and has reasonable recipes?
Jan
Hi Sherrol, as far as GF foods and recipes, you're already at a great website that has many,many options. Just select the food button and search for meals or recipes and you can also have a menu created for you and your tastes. GFP also has a Product Directory that lists hundreds of gf foods available leaning toward healthier choices. We also have a Resource section that has gf books listed and in News we review quite a few GF books and cook books.
cweiss
Great info!