Foods that contain gluten are surprisingly numerous. Many prepackaged items, that you would never expect, become a food with gluten during the manufacturing process.
If you are following a gluten free diet, you must always check the label before buying any manufactured food. You must check each time you buy an item because formulations change, and you can't tell unless you take the time to check the label for allergens.
For gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease, the most common foods to avoid are listed below.
Any bread or roll that is safe will say gluten free on the package. Usually they are in a separate "health food" section.
Most fruits and vegetables, even if canned or frozen, are gluten and casein free.
If they are processed with any sauce or seasoning however, there is much more chance that they contain gluten or casein.
Foods that contain gluten can often be spotted by the label. All products whose label says wheat must be avoided on a gluten free diet. Also those containing barley, or rye, or any of the foods derived from them.
This includes, but is not limited to: white bread wheat bread focaccia bread rye bread pita bread spelt bread/products Ezekial bread
sprouted bread 7 or 9 grain bread flour tortillas some corn tortillas cakes & cupcakes crackers doughnuts pastries cookies flour tortillas some corn tortillas cakes & cupcakes crackers doughnuts pastries cookiesbiscuits rolls pancakes and waffles croissants pie hot dog buns hamburger buns pizza crusts noodles pasta Cream of Wheat
Farina oatmeal quick bread banana bread soda bread muffins couscous bread crumbs wheat germ wheat bran pearl barley barley grass rolled oats (any oats) wheat spelt triticale rye emmer einkorn durum semolina bulgar wheat nuts wheat grass wheat protein wheat starch graham crackers groats (wheat or oat usually) tabbouleh
Foods that contain gluten like any breaded items:
fried chicken breaded fish fillets breaded fish sticks country fried steak breaded mushrooms or zuchinni corn dogs
Other foods to avoid that may contain gluten are:
gravy sauces many broths and soups boullion (Herb-Ox is gluten free) most soy sauces (La Choy is gluten free) teriyaki sauces canned or frozen items in sauces or gravies some spices use flour to prevent clumping frozen french fries often dusted with flour imitation crab meat brewer's yeast beer wine coolers (if contain malt) yeast( Red Star is gluten free) blue cheese(depends on culture medium) Rice Dream rice milk(barley enzymes in processing) malted milk malt malt syrup malt extract malt flavoring malt vinegar vanilla flavoring (McCormick Real Vanilla Flav. is gluten free) brown rice syrup unless states gluten free(Lundberg) flavored coffee nuts are sometimes dusted with flour grilling seasoning or other seasoning blends marinades unless say gluten free processed meats poultry injected with broth glazed ham Rice a Roni (has vermicelli), most seasoned rice mixes do Most mainstream cereals have malt (barley) Rice Krispies is coming out with a gluten free version, check box Cheerios (cross contaminated oats) Wheaties Special K Corn Flakes and most cereals
Quaker Rice Cakes are now made in a gluten free facility, but they do process peanuts in that facility, so use only if you don't have a peanut allergy
NOTE: Rice Chex (only) from General Mills has recently changed their formulation so that it does not contain malt, it is now gluten free! Also, Post Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles are gluten free.
NOTE: General Mills is coming out with more gluten free chex varieties. Be sure to check the box to see if it is the gluten free version. The new flavors incude: Corn Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Strawberry Chex, Chocolate Chex, and Cinnamon Chex cereals. They are now adding Apple Cinnamon Chex to the list.
Other Items That May Contain Gluten, continued
Bulk Bin items at store (cross contamination from scoops) glue on envelopes(sometimes) some other paper products (paper plates) dish soap hand soap shampoo and conditioner moisturizers cosmetics laundry detergent oatmeal scrub some toothpastes and mouthwashes many medications, check with pharmacist or manufacturer dog and cat food(licking, petting fur) wheat straw oat straw tea (many contain barley)
You can also get a reaction from kissing someone who has recently eaten gluten, and lipstick, chapstick, old toothbrush, or skin care products.
Most people may not react through the skin, but shampoo can get in your mouth in the shower. It is best to find gluten free versions, and get new makeup and items like toothbrushes.