Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tricky Foods = Sickness

Have you ever eaten something you thought for sure was gluten-free only to find out (usually the painful way) that you were wrong? Here are a list of items that you may or may not know have gluten in them:

  1. Canned Soup: Can find gluten-free soup, but make sure to scour the labels, usually look for organic, healthier soups!
  2. Flour Tortillas: Instead use corn tortillas as most are fine and a great way to fill up! Make sure tortilla chips you eat are made with corn tortillas, some restaurants use flour.
  3. Pasta: The ingredient of semolina = wheat
  4. Rice-A-Roni: Contains semolina
  5. Soy Sauce: Can buy Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  6. Lightly Breaded Foods that generally are not breaded (i.e., shrimp scampi, grilled chicken breasts, french fries)
  7. Salad Dressings: Asian dressings with soy sauce in them and others use wheat flour to thicken dressings
  8. Oats: I feel like oats are the great GF debate! I have never had a problem with them but oats can be processed in facilities that also process wheat flour. Stick to certified GF oats such as Bob's Red Mill GF Oats and Bob's Red Mill GF Oat Flour.
  9. BBQ Sauce: Most seem to be fine, but some have soy sauce and/or wheat flour.
  10. Marinades, Sauces & Gravies: Some are fine, but many are thickened with flour or contain soy sauce.
  11. Mashed Potatoes: Many commercially available mashed potatoes or even those that your friends or family may make for you, are made with chicken broth that has wheat flour in it.
  12. Chips: Even some potato chips and corn chips have wheat in them (i.e., Doritos, Sun Chips, Pringles, etc.)
  13. Multigrain Rice Cakes: The word "multigrain" should always be a huge red flag that the product very likely has wheat even if it's called a "rice" cake!
  14. French Fries: A main staple of mine but be careful, when they are fried with other breaded items (chicken fingers, onion rings, etc.) the breading can get onto the fries. I've gotten really sick from french fries I thought were fine before. In N Out, if you live near one, is my best suggestion for fries as they don't sell any chicken fingers or onion rings!

The moral of the story: ALWAYS READ LABELS!!! Something you'll learn the hard way the longer you are gluten and allergen free!

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