Hidden Gluten

Topic Overview

Gluten is a protein found in some grains, notably wheat, barley, and rye.

Some foods and food products may contain gluten even when it is not specifically listed as an ingredient. The following foods and food products may have hidden gluten:

Milk products

  • Ice cream and other frozen dairy products
  • Cheese spreads
  • Yogurt with fruit

Processed foods

  • Hot chocolate mixes or cocoa, chocolates, and candy bars
  • Bouillon cubes, soup mixes, and canned soups
  • Processed meats and poultry, such as hot dogs, sausages, and luncheon meats
  • Imitation meat and seafood
  • Energy bars

Other products

  • Breading and coating mixes, gravy and other sauce mixes, ketchup, marinades, mustard, nondairy creamer, panko, peanut butter, salad dressings, soy sauce, and tomato sauce
  • Drink mixes and herbal teas
  • Hydrolysed vegetable protein, which is a filler product used in many prepared or processed foods
  • Communion wafers used in religious services
  • Children's modelling dough (such as Play-Doh)
  • Some vitamins and herbal, mineral, and nutritional supplements
  • Some prescription and non-prescription medicines
  • Some kinds of lipstick and lip balm

Related Information

Credits

Current as of: August 12, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Jerry S. Trier, MD - Gastroenterology

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