Are You SURE You’re Gluten Free?

By Chef Liz
If you follow a gluten-free diet, you’re probably already well aware of the obvious sources of gluten such as breads, pastas, and – sadly – beer. But, did you know that there are numerous other places where you can ingest or come into contact with gluten?

breadGluten in Your Food
Some foods contain gluten because of their chemical makeup, and others have the potential to be gluten free, but it depends on how they are processed. We’ve noted with an asterisk those items which are sometimes gluten free depending on how they were produced.

Baking powder*
Barley
Barley Malt
Beer
Bicarbonate of Soda
Bouillon or other powdered sauces*
Bleached Flour
Blue Cheese*
Bread Crumbs
Brewer’s Yeast
Broth*
Brown Rice Syrup*
Bulgur Wheat
Carmel Flavoring*
Couscous
Curry Powder or other spices or seasonings that combine multiple ingredients*
Farro
Flavored Liquors*
Malt Vinegar
Miso
Mustard Powder
Natural Flavoring
Oatmeal
Pasta*
Smoke Flavor
Soy Sauce*
*Some gluten-free versions are available

Gluten in Your Health Care Products
Do you take supplements or medications? You might also be dosing yourself with gluten. Watch out for these ingredients.
Alcohol
Caramel Color
Citric Acid
Dextrin
Dietary Fiber
Maltodextrin
Oat Bran
Oat Fiber
Rye Grass
Sodium Starch Glycolate
Wheatgrass
Xanthan Gum
Yeast

Gluten in Your Home
It’s surprising how many common household items may have gluten. Some of them contain gluten or a gluten-related ingredient and some come into contact with gluten ingredients during processing. Not all brands of these products have gluten, but if you have Celiac disease or extreme sensitivity, you should check labels carefully.

Charcoal Briquettes
Dish Soap
Drywall
Envelopes
Face Paint
Finger Paint
Hand Soap
Household Cleaners
Laundry Detergent
Latex Gloves
Pet Food
Pet Litter
Stamps

Gluten in Your Drink
By now, you probably need a cocktail, but choose carefully – many are manufactured with gluten ingredients. Anything that includes wheat, barley, rye, or oats is a no-no.

Beer (some GF versions available)
Gin
Vodka made from grains (corn and grapes are okay)
Rye
Sake
Scotch
Whiskey

Still need to check out ARCpoint Labs’ food sensitivity test? Click HERE

We Take The Worry Out of Meal Time
At The Pickled Beet, we custom craft your meals from scratch, so you can enjoy delicious food confident that you won’t be exposed to your allergens, no matter what they are. We have adapted your favorite meals to be gluten free so you can relax and enjoy dining again.

Working with The Pickled Beet

If you live in South Florida and you’re interested in personalized chef-crafted meals complete a food questionnaire to get started. If you’re outside our service area, but would like a culinary consultation, shoot me an email at [email protected].

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Chef Liz is the chef partner of ARCpoint Labs in South Florida and the Executive Chef and Owner of The Pickled Beet, a specialized prepared meal service that custom designs menus and prepares fresh, wholesome, and balanced meals catered to its clients’ specific needs. She has extensive experience designing menu plans for several health issues, including diabetes, heart-related, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and extreme food sensitivities.