To an unknowing outsider, it may sound easy to steer clear of gluten — just give up most of those delicious carbs, right? Wrong. Those with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity know the perils of avoiding the sneaky substance that creeps into the unlikeliest of foods. Here are 10 surprising foods that contain gluten that you should be wary of if you have an intolerance, or are hosting someone who does.
Baking gluten-free isn’t always as simple as substituting the flour for a Celiac-approved option. Baking powder, a common ingredient in baked goods, can contain gluten, too. Make sure to purchase gluten-free baking powder and check the ingredient list for other contaminated culprits to ensure your homemade treats actually are gluten-free.
Processed meats, like hot dogs and cold cuts, are packed with preservatives that may contain gluten. Check the ingredient list or stick to fresh grilled meat instead.
Packaged Salad Dressings and Sauces
Many salad dressings and marinades use gluten as a thickener. To be safe, look for a label on the packaging that says gluten-free before purchasing the product, or make your own sauces and salad dressings at home.
Though coffee is not a source of gluten, when artificial flavours are added, so are traces of gluten. Stick to unflavoured coffee and steer clear of foods with added artificial flavouring.