If you suffer from Celiac disease, you have to avoid all gluten. Officially, this means that there are less than 20 parts of gluten per million. This can be incredibly difficult, and many people with Celiac actually have to get their foods on prescription. However, if you only have a mild intolerance, or if you choose to eat gluten free as a diet, then you don't need to be as careful. Rather, you would need to be armed with a list of high gluten foods, and simply make sure that you avoid those. So what are some of the foods that are the highest in gluten?
List Of High Gluten Foods:
The biggest no-no for anyone who wants to eat gluten free is grain. The golden rule is to completely avoid those. That means no to:
- pasta or noodles
However, there are lots of other things that you may not have associated with grains that do contain them. Also, think about things like:
- food fried in batter
- ice cream cones
There are quite a few 'gluten free' alternatives, which usually contain grains like rice and corn. This is an official substitute, but you do have to question whether that is classed as gluten free or not, since corn and rice are grains. Then, there are seasonings and condiments. Almost all of these contain gluten, but most only at very low levels.
On a list of high gluten foods, however, you would find:
- worcestershire sauce
- malt products
- modified food starch
- soy sauce
- barley malt
- salad dressings
Lots of salad dressings have been thickened with gluten as well, so always check before you eat them.
List Of High Gluten Drinks:
Next, you need to avoid certain alcoholic drinks. Luckily, most spirits are fine. Beers and wine coolers, however, are not. Unfortunately, gin, vodka, and whiskey may also contain grain, so you need to check those. It is believed that the distillation process means that the gluten cannot get through and that these spirits are ok. Others disagree. If you have Celiac disease, you should avoid alcohol anyway, since alcohol slows down any healing process.
Processed meats are also a no go area. Firstly, they are bad for you, but they also contain gluten. The worst ones are:
- hot dogs
- other cold cuts
Sweets and treats also have to be included in a high gluten food list. Anything that has been created with malt, including chocolates, has to be avoided. Root beer, cake frosting, and sherbets, are all high in gluten.
One other problem is that there are other products that are high in gluten, and it is all too easy to accidentally ingest these. Think skin lotions, shampoos, makeup, and pet food, for instance. You also have to be very careful about cross contamination. Unfortunately, most gluten free food manufacturers also make non-gluten free foods and it is believed that as much as 40% of gluten free foods have been cross contaminated.
If you're looking for a list of foods with gluten in them, click here.