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Hey Gluten — Now I know you’re in there…

Posted by nepeht on November 3, 2008

  It is not always easy to spot sources of hidden gluten on labels.  I found a list published at that can be helpful in that it is basic and seems accurate.  I have re-arranged the lists, but not changed the content: 

Grains are used in the processing of many ingredients, so it will be necessary to seek out hidden gluten. The following terms found in food labels may mean that there is gluten in the product:

  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) (unless made from soy or corn)
  • Flour or Cereal products (unless made with pure rice flour, corn flour, potato flour, or soy flour)
  • Vegetable Protein (unless made from soy or corn)
  • Malt or Malt Flavoring (unless derived from corn)
  • Modified Starch or Modified Food Starch (unless arrowroot, corn, potato, tapioca, waxy maize, or maize is used)
  • Vegetable Gum (unless vegetable gums are carob bean gum, locust bean gum, cellulose gum, guar gum, gum arabic, gum aracia, gum tragacanth, xanthan gum, or vegetable starch)
  • Soy Sauce or Soy Sauce Solids (unless you know they do not contain wheat)

Any of the following words on food labels usually means that a grain containing gluten has been used:

  • stabilizer
  • starch
  • flavoring
  • emulsifier
  • hydrolyzed plant protein 

 Do not eat anything that contains the following grains:

  • wheat
  • rye
  • barley

The following can be eaten in any amount:

  • corn
  • potato
  • rice
  • soybeans
  • tapioca
  • arrowroot
  • carob
  • buckwheat
  • millet
  • amaranth and
  • quinoa
  • Distilled white vinegar (Malt vinegar does contain gluten)

  OK… Got it?


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