What is Gluten Free?

Eating Gluten free can be tricky. Many things that you think are gluten free aren’t. I got caught by two of them. The first was bulgur (that was how I figured out I had a gluten allergy as I had heartburn immediately after eating it). The second was soy sauce (let’s just say my co-workers thought I was drinking at lunch, but I was buzzed from the soy sauce!).

The biggest thing is to read labels. Not everything is labelled gluten free that you CAN eat, and things you think are ok may contain gluten.
Contains gluten:

Barley, bran, bulgur, couscous, durum, emmer, farina, fu, gliadin, gluten, gluten peptides, graham flour, kamut, matza, mir, rye, seita, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, wheat berry, wheat germ, wheat grass, wheat gluten.

Foods that are gluten free (or may be gluten free):

Almond flour, amaranth, rice, arrowroot, rice flour, buckwheat, chickpea flour, coconut flour, corn, corn flour, corn gluten, cornstarch, flaxseed, gram flour, hemp, groats, hominy, kasha, kudzu, malt (questionable), modified food starch (questionable, and who likes anything that’s called “modified” anyway?), oats, oat bran, popcorn, potato flour, quinoa, sesame, sorghum, starch, sweet potato flour, tapioca, taro flour, tef.

Source: Celiac Sprue Association

So the list of what you CAN eat is longer, but I have to admit, is much more difficult. Just try to grab a meal on the go that doesn’t contain gluten! It’s not impossible…just more difficult. Breakfast is the worst for me as most breakfast foods are pastries, bagels, english muffins. When did that happen?

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4 responses to “What is Gluten Free?

  1. Artificial crab meat was one that surprised me. Soy too.

  2. Thanks Di!! I”m going to have to print up this list as I know I won’t remember it all!! lol

  3. ok, so I bought something called ISO femme today..gluten free, non estrogenic, aspartame free Protein powder…also bought tetley green tea liquid tea mix to put in my water…wondering what any body thinks of them…

  4. I haven’t heard of that protein powder, but the ingredients sound good. I haven’t heard of green tea mix – does it have sugar in it? On of my favourites is Zen Green tea!

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