Unfortunately gluten is pervasive in many consumer products. Be fearlessly curious and check all labels of food and body products, and a general rule is that homemade is always best.

  • Flavored prepackaged rice or pasta
  • Tomato and spaghetti sauces
  • Condensed canned soups
  • Vegetable cooking sprays
  • Flavored instant coffees and teas
  • Some veined cheeses such as Roquefort and blue
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Artificial coffee creamer (all kinds)
  • Bouillon cubes or powder, gravy and sauce mixes
  • Imitation seafood products
  • Ground spices
  • Chewing gum can be dusted with wheat starch
  • Communion wafers

These label ingredients can indicate the presence of gluten:

  • Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP)
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Modified food starch (source is either corn or wheat)
  • Mustard powder (some contain gluten)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Gelatinized starch
  • Natural flavoring, fillers
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Whey sodium caseinate
  • White vinegar or white grain vinegar
  • Rice malt (contains barley or Koji)
  • Rice syrup (contains barley enzymes)
  • Dextrin, malt, maltodextrin

These non-food items may also be gluten sources:

  • Lip stick and lip balm Sunscreen
  • Glue on stamps and envelopes
  • Laundry detergents
  • Soaps and shampoos
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Cosmetics, lotions, creams
  • Prescription drugs
  • Health supplements (vitamin pills, etc.)