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Gluten Allergy Avoid List

by Allergy Guy

Avoiding gluten is a challenge but can be done very successfully.  Here is a list of gluten-containing ingredients so that you know what to avoid.

This may seem like a long list.  There are many types of wheat especially, and several forms of barely as well.  Wheat, barely, oats and rye, especially the first two, can be processed in may ways to produce different basic ingredients.

The best way to scan a list of ingredients is to know what ingredients translate to gluten, and also know what is not gluten.  With these two things in mind, you can quickly scan a list of ingredients and determine if the food is gluten-free or not.

Some terms can be confusing.  For example “flour” means wheat flour which contains gluten.  However specific types of flour, such as rice flour or mustard flour are gluten-free.

List Of Food Containing Gluten

This article is divided into the following sections:

Synonyms to Gluten

  • Barely
  • Bran
  • Bread crumbs
  • Bulgur
  • Couscous
  • Durum
  • Einkorn
  • Emmer
  • Farina
  • Flour
    • All purpose flour
    • Atta Flour
    • Bleached Flour
    • Brown Flour
    • Enriched Flour
    • Unbleached Flour
    • Whole-Meal Flour
  • Farina
  • Germ
  • Graham
    • Graham flour
    • Graham crackers
    • Graham crumbs
  • Groats
  • Kamut
  • Malt
  • Malted Barley Flour
  • Malted Milk
  • Malt Extract
  • Malt Syrup
  • Malt Flavoring
  • Matza
  • Matzah
  • Matzo
  • Oats
  • Rusk
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Wheat
  • Wheat germ

(Almost) Always Contains Gluten

Most of these items always contain gluten. Some usually are made from gluten.

  • Bread (gluten-free bread does exist)
  • Cereal Binding
  • Chappatis
  • Fu
  • Gnocchi
  • Gravy mix
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein
  • Liquorice candy
  • Manna
  • Muesli
  • Noodles (exception: rice noodles, commonly found in Asian food)
  • Pasta
  • Pitta bread
  • Play dough
  • Quorn products (mycoprotein food)
  • Rusk
  • Sauces in general. If you can’t verify the ingredients, assume they contain gluten).
  • Scotch eggs
  • Soy sauce (exception: some brands of tamari sauce)
  • Stuffing
  • Suet
  • Soups (especially packaged or canned, check ingredients. Home-made soup may not have gluten. Always ask.)
  • Tabbouleh
  • Tabouli
  • Udon

May Contain Gluten

  • Baking powder
  • Beer/lagerBlue cheese (depending on mold source)
  • Coffee substitutes made from cereal
  • Chicken and beef broth (canned/cubed)
  • Citric acid (verify before use)
  • Corn starch (some brands add wheat flour)
  • Curry powder (some brands add wheat flour)
  • Dextrin (may be derived from wheat)
  • Edible Starch (may be derived from wheat)
  • Filler (could be anything!)
  • Food Starch (may be derived from wheat)
  • Falafel
  • French fries (especially if manufacturered or seasoned. Always ask.)
  • Gelatinized starch, modified starch, modified food starch
  • Gum base
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein
  • Ice cream
  • Imitation bacon
  • Imitation crab
  • Meat, fish and poultry binders and fillers, e.g., deli meats, hot dogsPie fillings, puddings
  • Medicines (always check with pharmacist)
  • Miso
  • Modified starch or modified food starch
  • MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
  • Mustard powder, prepared mustard (always check)
  • Pepper, ground (avoid in restaurants). Whole pepper is fine.
  • Prepared ketchup, mustard
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces, e.g., chutney, soy sauce, tamari sauce
  • Seasonings
  • Spices, ground (always check)
  • Starch (may be derived from wheat)
  • Stock cubes
  • Surimi (used to make imitation crab/lobster meat)
  • Thickener (unless specified as other than wheat).
  • Tortillas
  • Vegetable protein
  • Vitamines (always check with pharmacist)
  • Yogurt (those thickened with starch or wheat are of low quality in any case)

This list is a start but it is not complete.  Do you see anything that is missing?  Do you have questions about what to avoid?  Do you have a story about avoiding gluten?  Please leave a comment and share your additions, questions and comments.


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