Gluten: the hidden ingredient

So you’re trying to go gluten-free and you’ve eliminated the bread, white rice and pasta from your kitchen cabinet.  You’re all good – right?  Well sadly, probably not!  As it turns out, gluten is more pervasive than you probably imagined – it’s in EVERYTHING!

I’m going to give you a list of places to check for gluten inside your cabinets and refrigerator but here’s the moral of the story: EAT FRESH FOOD! Avoiding foods in packages and boxes, you’ll naturally remove any chance of getting gluten back into your diet.

One more thing before I give you that list — for those of you reading this and wondering WHY on earth you would go gluten free, consider these daily issues many people suffer with:

  • Are you often bloated, gassy or constipated?
  • Have acne or other skin problems?
  • Depressed or irritable much?
  • Are you eating clean and working out but still can’t shed the weight you want?

Here’s the thing – you really won’t know what havoc gluten is causing inside your body until you remove it for a few weeks (or you can do some testing but it costs $$).  And before you go there with the list of reasons why you simply CAN’T give up bread – let me stop you right there.  Been there, done that and heard it all!  Seriously, I used to eat an entire french baguette of bread every 2 days BY MYSELF.  So yeah, if I can give it up (about 95% of the time), you can too.

Okay, here’s that list of places you should check for gluten.  If the label doesn’t say gluten-free, it’s probably not!

  • meats – packaged meat patties (sausages, burger patties, etc)
  • breads/grains – think rice pilaf, wild rice, couscous and cornbread
  • veggies– vegetables with sauces; canned baked beans
  • condiments – salad dressings, soy sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, mustard, flavored syrups, gravies, mayonnaise
  • soups – commercially prepared soups, canned soups, soup mixes, broths, bouillon cubes
  • snacks – coated popcorn, chips, candies, chewing gum
  • drinks – cocoa mixes, root beer, chocolate drinks, nutritional supplements, beverage mixes, beer and some alcohol
  • desserts – custards, puddings, ice creams, sherbert, pie fillings, prepared fruit fillings
  • spice mixes – curry powder, seasoning mixes

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  1. Beth

    Awesome article, Chinyere, thanks!! Now to eventually attempt to kick gluten to the curb… soon, soon, just not quite ready yet 😉

    March 31, 2016 • 12:01 pm •
  2. helpingbodiesheal

    I’m glad you found the article useful Beth! Okay, okay…not now. How about starting May 2nd? That gives you one WHOLE month to get prepared! I bet it won’t be quite as hard as you think…not even the beer :).

    March 31, 2016 • 2:30 pm •