Is it Gluten-free?
9 Foods that Aren't Always Gluten-Free
There are lot of things that you might not think about being gluten-free when it comes to cooking. You’re aware of the basics like wheat flour, bread crumbs, etc. not being gluten-free but have you thought about other things? That’s why I created this list 9 foods that aren’t always gluten-free that you might not be aware of!
And before we dive into the 9 foods that aren’t gluten-free, let’s talk about how to know if something is gluten-free.
How to know if something is gluten-free
I developed an acronym to help you quickly remember how to know if something is gluten-free when reading a food label. That acronym is “CANS” which stands for Certifications & claims, Allergen statement, Not safe ingredients, and Suspicious ingredients. Putting this acronym into practice:
- Check for a gluten-free certification or claim, if you find
one, you can stop at this step. If there is not gluten-free claim or
certification then move on to the next step (unless they are oats and in that case, you NEED at least gluten-free certification).
- Second, check the allergen statement for any signs of gluten or wheat. If the allergen statement claims there is gluten or wheat in the food item. It’s not safe.
- Third, check for not safe ingredients (remember the acronym BROWS)
- Lastly, check for suspicious ingredients, ingredients that could potentially not be safe.
If you need more help determining if something is gluten-free, or if you need more info on unsafe and suspicious ingredients, check out my post “how to check food labels for gluten“.
Now that we know how to know if if something is gluten-free, let’s get to the list of 9 foods that aren’t always gluten-free but are falsely assumed to be.
9 foods that aren't always gluten-free
Meat, especially processed meat like frozen, cured, and seasoned meat can have gluten in it.
For example, frozen chicken can be frozen with broth that might not be gluten-free.
Always check the label to make sure the meat you are buying is gluten-free.
Ranch is one of those weird ones where some manufacturers add wheat flour in to the recipe to thicken the dressing. This is why it’s important to check.
Here’s a link to one of my favorite gluten-free ranch dressings on Amazon.
Your main concern here is caramel color or natural flavors that are derived from gluten. Be sure to double check the label and even reach out to brands to see if the flavored syrups you’re considering are safe.
Here’s a link to my favorite gluten-free vanilla syrup on Amazon.
Oats are naturally gluten-free but because of the way the are grown and processed, they can be unsafe. This is because oats are often grown and processed in the same places as wheat.
This is why only certified gluten-free OR purity protocol oats are safe for people with celiac.
Here is a link to purity protocol oats on Amazon.
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