Where Are You Hiding... Hidden Gluten?
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Where Are You Hiding... Hidden Gluten?
Do You Want To Know Where Hidden Gluten Hides?
Do You Have Allergy To Gluten And Need To Get Great Tips For Gluten Free Kitchen?
You Really Need To Know What To Do With Gluten Problems And Accidental Gluten Ingestion!
Hidden Gluten Can Be Anywhere. You need to educate yourself on how to recognize it.
If You Have Allergy To Gluten Or Not Sure You Need To Know What To Expect And How To Live Gluten Free Happily.
I was researching different cases with horrible gluten allergies.
And the biggest surprise came when I learned that some patients don’t show symptoms of gluten intolerance until they get really, really sick.
People with long standing, unaddressed gluten allergy can end up with terrible intestinal disorders like ulcerative colitis,
Crohn's disease, Celiac disease IBS, etc.
So many people and so many health professionals don’t realize that gluten intolerance is one of the most under diagnosed health conditions today.
But you know what? It gets even worse. Many patients that actually have gluten allergy and try to follow gluten free diet are up for a big surprise.
The biggest surprise is that
even when people think they follow gluten free diet they can be
consuming gluten from hidden sources.
There are different possible reactions that people experience when they stop gluten.
Some patients can feel much better right away. Some feel withdrawal symptoms for a few weeks and then feel better.
But some don’t feel better, even after a couple of
months. These patients would come back to me upset saying this gluten
free diet doesn’t work. I say: “Not so fast, please”.
Those unhappy patients can people with true gluten intolerance. Why won’t the gluten free diet work for them? What went wrong?
Yes, that is because hidden gluten can be found in most unexpected food sources and they are unknowingly consuming it.
So if you have allergy to gluten and/or have gluten sensitivity symptoms and you are one of those patients, READ the rest of this page very, very carefully.
Gluten free means avoiding ALL foods that includes gluten like wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, bulgur, couscous, semolina and durum flour. Oats are probably Ok, but we are still not sure.
When you have gluten problems and want to stay away from
gluten it’s Ok to eat these flours. They should be your gluten free
- Brown rice
- Wild Rice
- Bean Flour
Hidden gluten can be found in most surprising places. Read labels, trust your gut instincts and look for gluten free ingredients.
Hidden gluten is in so many prepared foods and products like sauces, gravy etc.
If you are eating out or travelling you need to stay away from anything that’s cooked with sauces, dressings, and creams (unless specified Gluten Free).
The best advice for when you are not sure: just get your
meat, eggs and fish steamed or boiled (no sauces) and your carbohydrates
are veggies and salads (raw or steamed) with just olive oil and lemon.
Make sure to mention to the waiter that you need your meals gluten free.
Many restaurants accommodate patients with gluten sensitivity symptoms today.
Of course it’s best to cook at home. It’s not always possible to many busy families.
You need to read labels very carefully including reading “other ingredients”.
Foods With Hidden Gluten
(This long list has examples, but it’s not an exclusive list)
- Conventional Yogurts may have gluten ingredients
- Commercial Ice Creams and Frozen Yogurts may have some wheat flours added
- Sour Cream may have wheat thickener added
- Commercial Chocolate Milk sometimes has wheat containing ingredients
- Non-Dairy Creamer often has wheat containing thickener
- Sherbet may have gluten containing ingredients
- Custard may have a wheat containing ingredients
- Crumbled Toppings are often made from wheat flour
- Fruit Fillings often have wheat containing thickeners
- Syrups may have barley malt
- Puddings may have wheat and wheat germ
- Dry-Roasted Nuts often have processing agents that contain wheat
- Root Beer often uses barley malt
- Licorice sometimes uses wheat ingredients
- Gum often has barley malt and/or others gluten containing ingredients
- Instant Coffee sometimes has wheat ingredients
- Inexpensive Chocolate often has barley malt and/or others gluten containing ingredients
- Some Natural Supplements use wheat ingredients
- Some Toothpastes use wheat ingredients
- Some Medicines may have gluten containing ingredients
- Some Cough Drops often has barley malt and/or others gluten containing ingredients
- Bleu Cheese may be made with wheat bread
- Some Cheese Products are made with gluten stabilizers
- Some Potato Chips, Tortilla Chips and French Fries sometimes uses wheat ingredients and/or flour. We learned this the hard way when the kids had a reaction from the fries
- Mashed potatoes often use wheat based flour to thicken and make it fluffier
- Canned Baked Beans may have wheat and wheat germ
- Some Soups may have wheat flour
- Commercial Salad Dressings are often made from wheat flour
- Some Spice Mixtures sometimes uses wheat ingredients
- Mustard (Dry Mustard Powder Contains gluten)
- Some Marinades may have wheat flour
- Soy Sauce. Most soy sauces will have wheat ingredients
- Teriyaki Sauce most likely have wheat as an ingredient
- White Pepper may have gluten containing ingredients
- Chutneys and Pickles may have gluten containing ingredients
- Conventional Stock may have gluten containing ingredients
- Commercial Bouillon may have gluten containing ingredients
- Powdered Gravy And Sauce Mixes may have wheat flour
- Frozen Dinners often made with gluten stabilizers may have gluten containing ingredients
- Imitation Crab, Imitation Seafood may have
gluten containing ingredients. If you like crab, make sure you eat real
crab. It's naturally gluten free and tastes better, too. Most sushi
places make their rolls with imitation crab. Watch out!
- Soy Burgers may have gluten containing ingredients
- Self-Basting Turkeys sometimes uses wheat ingredients
- Meat and Fish Pates usually have wheat flour inside
- Fish and Poultry Products made with cereal fillers. Fish can be fried and dusted with wheat flour
- Meat Loaf and Meatballs may have gluten containing ingredients to make the meat more juicy
- Hamburgers may have gluten containing ingredients
- Sausages sometimes uses wheat ingredients
- Hot dogs may have gluten containing ingredients
- Lunch Meats, Cold Cuts often made with gluten stabilizers
- Vegetables can sometimes be cooked in the water that was used to cook gluten containing pasta
- Alcohol Products Made From Grains like Vodka, Beer and others
- Modified food starch have gluten containing ingredients
- Dextrin has wheat ingredients
- Flavorings (artificial and natural)
- Extracts may have gluten containing ingredients
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein sometimes uses wheat ingredients
- Creamed foods made with gluten stabilizers
- High Fructose Corn Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup may have barley malt
- Thickened foods like sauces, soups, stew, etc may have gluten containing ingredients
- Body lotions and creams may have gluten containing ingredients
- Make-up and lipsticks may have gluten containing ingredients
- Scrambled Eggs. Many restaurants with pancake batter (wheat based) to their scrambled eggs to make them more fluffy.
Yes, make up and lipsticks could be a problem, too. One of my
clients told me that he followed gluten free diet but he would still
show gluten sensitivity symptoms until I told him about gluten
ingredients in the women’s make up. Yes, make up. I recommended that
his wife changed her lipstick to gluten free brand of lipsticks by Ann
Marie Borland and he felt the difference right away. Is that great or
Hidden Gluten - Tips for Gluten Free Kitchen :
- When trying to avoid hidden gluten it sure better to cook at home.
- Try to plan ahead and cook for 2 to 3 days at a time.
- Cook your own soups and stews in large quantities.
Then package that food into small non-plastic containers and freeze for
up to one month. The reason I don’t recommend plastic is because of the
environment and your health. When you heat up or cool off the food
inside the container and the temperature changes, plastic may seep into
- Great and economical flour choices for gluten free
kitchen would be Bob’s All Purpose Gluten free flour, Bob’s sweet
sorghum flour, Trader’s Joe Quinoa and Organic Brown Rice.
- Always keep nut butters and nut flours for quick
meals. Great choice would be to use raw almond butter with apple butter
on a toasted slice of Udi’s whole grain bread for a snack.
Please, remember to always pack your AllerGzymes with you in
case you ingest something your not sure about. You never know where your
hidden gluten can be hiding:).
I wish you great health and stay away from hidden gluten.
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