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    Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)

    Scott Adams
    • This list focuses on unsafe/forbidden foods and ingredients (non-gluten-free) for those with celiac disease (USA and Canada)

    Abyssinian Hard (Wheat triticum durum)
    Alcohol (Spirits - Specific Types)
    Atta Flour

    Barley Grass (can contain seeds)
    Barley Hordeum vulgare
    Barley Malt
    Beer (most contain barley or wheat)
    Bleached Flour
    Bread Flour
    Brewer's Yeast
    Brown Flour
    Bulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)
    Bulgur Wheat

    Cereal Binding
    Club Wheat (Triticum aestivum subspecies compactum)
    Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
    Cookie Crumbs
    Cookie Dough
    Cookie Dough Pieces
    Criped Rice

    Dinkle (Spelt)
    Disodium Wheatgermamido Peg-2 Sulfosuccinate
    Durum wheat (Triticum durum)

    Edible Coatings
    Edible Films
    Edible Starch
    Einkorn (Triticum monococcum)
    Emmer (Triticum dicoccon)
    Enriched Bleached Flour
    Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour
    Enriched Flour

    Farina Graham
    Flour (normally this is wheat)
    Fu (dried wheat gluten)

    Graham Flour
    Granary Flour
    Groats (barley, wheat)

    Hard Wheat
    Hordeum Vulgare Extract
    Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

    Kamut (Pasta wheat)
    Kecap Manis (Soy Sauce)
    Ketjap Manis (Soy Sauce)
    Kluski Pasta

    Maida (Indian wheat flour)
    Malted Barley Flour
    Malted Milk
    Malt Extract
    Malt Syrup
    Malt Flavoring
    Malt Vinegar
    Macha Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
    Matzo Semolina
    Meripro 711


    Oriental Wheat (Triticum turanicum)
    Orzo Pasta

    Pearl Barley
    Persian Wheat (Triticum carthlicum)
    Poulard Wheat (Triticum turgidum)
    Polish Wheat (Triticum polonicum)

    Rice Malt (if barley or Koji are used)

    Semolina Triticum
    Shot Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
    Small Spelt
    Spirits (Specific Types)
    Spelt (Triticum spelta)
    Sprouted Wheat or Barley
    Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
    Strong Flour
    Suet in Packets

    Teriyaki Sauce
    Timopheevi Wheat (Triticum timopheevii)
    Triticale X triticosecale
    Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
    Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
    Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil

    Udon (wheat noodles)
    Unbleached Flour

    Vavilovi Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
    Vital Wheat Gluten

    Wheat, Abyssinian Hard triticum durum
    Wheat Amino Acids
    Wheat Bran Extract
    Wheat, Bulgur
    Wheat Durum Triticum
    Wheat Germ Extract
    Wheat Germ Glycerides
    Wheat Germ Oil
    Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
    Wheat Grass (can contain seeds)
    Wheat Nuts
    Wheat Protein
    Wheat Starch
    Wheat Triticum aestivum
    Wheat Triticum Monococcum
    Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Bran Extract
    Whole-Meal Flour
    Wild Einkorn (Triticum boeotictim)
    Wild Emmer (Triticum dicoccoides)

    The following items may or may not contain gluten depending on where and how they are made, and it is sometimes necessary to check with the manufacturer to find out:

    • Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein2
    • Artificial Color2
    • Baking Powder2
    • Clarifying Agents2
    • Coloring2
    • Dry Roasted Nuts2
    • Emulsifiers2
    • Enzymes2
    • Fat Replacer2
    • Gravy Cubes2
    • Ground Spices2
    • Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten2
    • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein2
    • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol2
    • Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch2
    • Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate2
    • Hydroxypropylated Starch2
    • Miso2
    • Natural Juices2
    • Non-dairy Creamer2
    • Pregelatinized Starch2
    • Protein Hydrolysates2
    • Seafood Analogs2
    • Seasonings2
    • Sirimi2
    • Soba Noodles2
    • Soy Sauce2
    • Soy Sauce Solids2
    • Sphingolipids2
    • Stabilizers2
    • Starch1, 2
    • Stock Cubes2
    • Suet2
    • Tocopherols2
    • Vegetable Broth2
    • Vegetable Gum2
    • Vegetable Protein2
    • Vegetable Starch2
    • Vitamins2
    • 1) If this ingredient is made in North America it is likely to be gluten-free.
    • 2) Can utilize a gluten-containing grain or by-product in the manufacturing process, or as an ingredient.

    Edited by Scott Adams


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    Guest Hallie


    I think I am going to have to buy a Palm pilot or something similar, just to be able to have this great list available when I go to the store!

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    Guest cheryl


    Thank you! My 3 year old has finally been diagnosed and I was feeling so overwhelmed. This has relieved a ton of stress. I'll carry this list with me.

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    Guest Sherry


    This has helped me so much. I am a celiac 'newbie' and still in the learning stage.....thanks so much! I'll definitely take this list with me wherever I go!

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    Guest Debbie


    WOW--this is EXTREMELY helpful. We are doing a wheat-free diet for myself and our 3 year old daughter and it is these 'hiddens' that are our biggest challenge. Boo hoo, lots of maltose in Chinese treats, our latest 'discovery'!

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    Guest Christy Pace


    This is exactly what a person needs to know when just starting out on the Gluten Free Diet, as it can be quite overwhelming to figure everything out. The more simplified information lists are what is so important to take the complexities out of the process.

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    Guest Cynthia


    Thank you for this list. The hardest part has been recognizing the hidden gluten. I have recently learned that I am gluten-sensitive. It looks like it runs in both sides of my family. It turns out the problems my mom AND my dad have had for years are caused by gluten-sensitivity. My mom was diagnosed with lupus in '84 and now we think it was celiac disease all this time. My dad is nearly paralyzed due to peripheral neuropathy which started over 10 years ago. They are both going gluten-free and are finding relief for the first time in years. I can't tell you how good it feels to find hope that my dad can walk again. Thanks again for the resources on this website!

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    Guest Melissa


    Thank you. This info has helped so much. I was about to give up and just deal with the symptoms because I was so confused on what I could and couldn't eat.

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    Guest Kathy


    I have recently found out on my own that I have allergies to dairy gluten and wheat. I tried a little English muffin just to test it and I felt terrible. the other night I tried a few semi sweet chocolate chips and cream of tomato soup and once again I felt terrible. I test myself on occasion but no more testing I have realized no more ice cream yogurts and the like sucks but I would rather do without than feel as bad as I have been feeling while eating foods with these ingredients in them. This list is extremely helpful. Takes me ages to shop now but thats ok.


    thanks again

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    Guest Margaret


    Wish the government would require

    Gluten-Free labeling on all products that are truly gluten-free, which aren't a lot. I have been in denial since my gluten, wheat, soy, eggs, dairy sensitivity tests results came back last fall. Now my glucose is rising, so I have to buckle down and get used to the changes.

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    Great site. I'm pretty sure I have this fun disease. Demanding test tomorrow.

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