Keep in mind these hidden sources of gluten when shopping for groceries or dining out.
- Energy bars/granola bars: Read the label prior to purchasing these bars as many contain wheat and/or oats which are not gluten-free.
- French fries: Cross-contamination from fryers can make otherwise safe french fries risky; so you may want to stick to gluten-free fries prepared at home.
- Potato chips: Read the label to ensure chips are not made with seasons that might contain malt vinegar or wheat starch.
- Soups: Cream-based soups typically contain flour as a thickener. Many soups also contain barley.
- Multi-grain or “artisan” tortilla chips or tortillas: These products may contain a wheat-based ingredient.
- Salad dressings and marinades: Malt vinegar, soy sauce and flour is often used to create salad dressings and marinades.
- Eggs: Diner fans know that some diners use pancake batter when cooking scrambled eggs or omelets. Eggs are naturally gluten-free so request your eggs be prepared without additives.
- Beers/malt beverages: Beers labeled “gluten removed” are NOT gluten-free. Beers, lagers, and malt beverages made from gluten-containing grains are NOT distilled and should be avoided. Only beers labeled “gluten-free” are safe.