Organic & Gluten Free Foods: Hidden Sources of Gluten in Your Diet Part 1

For those diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, the transition to a gluten free diet is filled with potential pitfalls.  What are these potential pitfalls?

According to Wikipedia, “Gluten-free food is normally seen as a diet for celiac disease, but people with a gluten allergy  (an unrelated disease) should also avoid all other grains.”  There are dozens of foods and products out there filled with additives and possible hidden sources of gluten. To avoid those foods and ensure you are never surprised by a sudden bout of illness, here are 5 hidden sources of gluten to avoid.

1. Dog Food – Commercial dog food is loaded with fillers and at the top of the list is usually gluten. Cat food can often contain gluten as well, though not as commonly as dog food. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after feeding your pets, or find a grain-free food for your dog.

Wash your hands after you feed me!

Wash your hands after you feed me!

2. Skin care products – Many skin care products, like sun tan lotion, acne cream and shampoo contain gluten from the manufacturing process. The amount is small and the chances of it getting in your mouth are smaller but if you are very sensitive, it can be enough to make you sick.

3. Shared Foods – Say your spouse puts peanut butter on his normal, gluten-filled bread and then wipes the excess peanut butter off on the rim of the jar. Now there is gluten in the peanut butter jar. Cross contamination at home is one of the biggest obstacles for families transitioning one or more members to a gluten free diet.

4. Glue on Envelopes – The glue on stamps and envelopes often contains gluten from the flour used in manufacturing to dry the glue. Use a sponge to wet your envelopes or get the peel and stick kind.

5. Medications – As with skin care products, medications are made on an assembly-line where flour is used as an anti-caking agent. Always check with the manufacturer’s website to make sure your pills are gluten free (increasingly this is the case). Vitamins and over the counter supplements are a risk for this as well.

At Harmony Farms we strive to create an environment friendly to all Celiac Disease Experiences and will help in any way that we can.  Celiac Disease Foundation and Support Groups are critical in maintaining a solid network for successful Gluten-Free living.  Print your own, free HARMONY GF LIST to keep abreast of the Gluten-Free Products that we offer.