Gluten is a protein found in some grains, notably wheat,
barley, and rye. The symptoms of
celiac disease (such as diarrhea, weight loss, and
abdominal bloating) may or may not occur after you eat foods that contain
gluten. But if you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an
immune response that is not normal and can lead to
damage of your
small intestine. This damage can occur even when you
don't notice symptoms.
Some foods and food products may contain
gluten even when it is not specifically listed as an ingredient. The following
foods and food products may have hidden gluten:
Are you on a gluten-free diet? Regular breads, bagels, muffins, and many other store-bought baked goods are not allowed on gluten-free eating plans.
Here's what you need to know before you buy gluten-free grain products or bake them at home.
Hot chocolate mixes or cocoa, chocolates, and
Bouillon cubes, soup mixes, and canned
Processed meats and poultry, such as hot dogs, sausages, and
Imitation meat and seafood
Breading and coating mixes, gravy and other sauce mixes, ketchup, marinades, mustard, nondairy creamer, panko, peanut
butter, salad dressings, soy sauce,
and tomato sauce
Drink mixes and herbal teas
protein, which is a filler product used in many prepared or processed
Communion wafers used in religious services
Children's modeling dough (such as Play-Doh)
Some vitamins and herbal, mineral, and nutritional supplements
Some prescription and nonprescription medicines
Some kinds of lipstick and lip balm
If you have celiac disease, be sure to
learn about sources of hidden gluten. You may not always have symptoms, so you
can't judge whether a food is safe by how you feel after eating it.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 29, 2012
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