Be Careful, Gluten Can Be Where One Least Expects It
Posted by nepeht on October 15, 2008
It is important to warn you that while a positive outlook is necessary in this quest for gluten-free simplicity; one needs to be critically informed to carry a bit of skepticism about the possibility of hidden sources of gluten.
How can this be. The most popular belief is that gluten typically comes from wheat, but there are other sources of gluten. The Internet Health Library site can be helpful as can other sites and sources http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/DietandNutrition/gluten.htm:
In short, is says:
Gluten is the protein found in wheat. Similar proteins which are harmful to Coeliacs are present in rye, barley and possibly oats. Wheat, rye and barley are therefore excluded from the gluten-free diet. Oats may be allowed for some patients, under careful medical and dietetic supervision.
Under “Hidden Sources of Gluten”, it states:
Gluten is also contained in manufactured and processed foods where wheat flour is commonly used as a processing aid, a binder, a filler or as a carrier for favourings and spices. Contamination with wheat or wheat flour can also occur during cereal production, storage, processing or manufacture.
So, this would include products that are processed using any of these grains. Some of these potential products could be: Vinegar, Salad Dressings, Soy Sauce, Other Sauces, Soups and others.
In fact, wheat is used in the production of many products, including non-foods according to a recent published article. Follow this link for more information on that: http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2008/08/20/news/business/doc48ab391e83b5d534866162.txt.
Any person hoping to attain gluten-free simplicity probably ought to get into the rewarding habit of reading product labels. And here’s the kicker: The label might not state that the product contains wheat however, the vinegar in the product (such as with some salad dressings) might have been distilled using a gluten yielding grain.
Get it? So I know it might sound complex and even more complicating to ask one to not only read product labels, but also to read (into) product labels. My hope is that once one learns these basic facts though, they will be a few steps closer to G-F Simplicity.