I was chatting with some friends recently who were saying how careful they always are when they have a friend over (who has Celiac Disease) to their home. They diligently read labels when preparing food, snacks, beverages, etc. I asked them if they were aware of the hidden glutens that exist. For example, did they know that some deli meats have gluten fillers? They answered that they would never have thought it to be in meat, because meat is just meat, right? I also mentioned to them that some snack chips like Pringles now contain wheat.
It’s amazing what can contain gluten and we just aren’t aware. Some soups even use gluten as a thickener so you have to be careful with those too. I know right away that any soup that says “Cream of” in the name is pretty much off limits.
It is important to know where these hidden glutens can show up and under what names they may appear under when checking a label.
For a complete list, I recommend visiting Celiac.com but let me touch on a few of these now.
Watch out for anything containing the following as they MAY contain hidden gluten: Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Modified Food Starch, Monosodium Glutimate (MSG), Malt, Malt Flavoring, Malt Vinegar, Matzo, “Natural” flavor, Emulsifiers, Teriyaki Sauce, Soy Sauce (unless you know it does not contain wheat) , Edible Starch, Binders, Fillers, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Cyclodextrin and the list goes on….
To be safe, I always recommend a Google search for the name of the product and then the words “gluten-free”. You can always contact the manufacturer too if time permits.
There are also places where hidden gluten can be that we may never think of, such as the glue in envelopes and stamps, some soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, lipstick, shampoo, sunscreens, makeup, lotions, hair gel. Remember that anything you put ON your body can also go IN your body.
We also have to watch medications because not only can they have gluten fillers in them, they may have been dusted with flour on the outside. Again I recommend visiting Celiac.com for a list of safe medications.
There are miscellaneous items too like rubber gloves that are powdered…be aware when you go to the doctor or dentist! PlayDoh contains wheat and some children like to eat it. Some art supplies like paints and glue may also contain hidden gluten.
Bottom line is when in doubt check into it first. It is better to be safe than sorry!TweetPlease note: This site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.