Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, malt and rye. For people with celiac disease, even the smallest trace of gluten can result in symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and damage to the small intestine. Although people with celiac disease know to avoid gluten, some foods can contain unexpected traces of it.
Meat and Poultry
Watch out for soy sauce in seasoned, flavored or marinated meats. Gluten can be hidden in self-basting poultry, as well as processed lunch and deli meats found in grocery stores.
French Fries and Chips
Although potatoes and corn are gluten-free, the seasoning used may contain wheat starch and malt vinegar. Fries and tortilla chips may also be fried in the same oil used to fry breaded foods.
Sometimes, oats may be grown next to wheat, which means that they are at high risk of cross-contamination. Only buy oats that are “certified gluten-free.”
Beverages including Alcohol
Gluten may be hidden in some kinds of flavored coffee and tea. Alcoholic beverages such as beer, ale, malt beverages and lager may also contain gluten. Wine and distilled alcohol are gluten-free options.
Desserts and Snacks
You may find gluten in flavored ice creams (such as cookie dough) and gelatos. Gluten may also be hiding in candy, energy bars and granola bars. Check the ingredients list for wheat or oats that are not gluten-free.
If you are not entirely such about which foods are 100 percent gluten-free, play it safe and aim for fresh, naturally gluten-free whole foods without additives or flavorings. Make sure to talk to your gastroenterologist about any troubles you have in adhering to a gluten-free diet.
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