Hidden Gluten: 18 foods to triple check

4th April 2019

This blog post is all about the common places to find hidden gluten – here’s what got me thinking about it…

A few weeks back, I posted a pic on Instagram of some Pick N Mix, owning up to the fact I hadnโ€™t thought about cross contamination & had enjoyed several big bags since my diagnosis…oops!! ?

After that, I received 100’s of messages from you guys with all the times you’d accidentally consumed gluten too. The same things came up A LOT so I thought it might be useful to share them so we can learn from each other ๐Ÿ™‚


Not all brands of the following products will contain gluten, but some do & have caught people out so worth triple checking!

  • Sweets
    • strawberry laces
    • white mice
    • liquorice
  • Drinks
    • supermarket own Coca Cola
    • Fruit & Barley squash
    • some hot chocolates
    • some mixers & syrups
    • Fruit tea – e.g. there’s a brand called “t plus” in Boots that’s a may contain gluten
  • Processed potatoes – chips etc can be coated in wheat flour
  • Stock Cubes e.g. OXO cubes
  • Spices – gluten can be used as an anti-caking agent
  • Morrisonโ€™s stir fry veg – its a may contain ๐Ÿ™
  • Mustard
  • Crisps
  • Some Chocolate
  • Sprinkles – for cake decorating
  • Things you donโ€™t even order when youโ€™re out so you put less thought into it – biscuits in the hairdressers, someone giving you a cough sweet, car sweets etc


What is cross contamination?

When food that contains gluten touches your gluten-free food, it could have left some crumbs on yours so you can’t eat it! Booooooo!!

  • Pick N Mix – customers use the same scoop for all their sweets but not all of them will be gf
  • Sharing a Toaster with gluten-containing bread (use toaster bags or a separate toaster)
  • Sharing Butter & all condiments
  • Buffets – some foods somehow jump from one bowl to another, people might use the same spoon in multiple bowls etc
  • Non-GF Oat milk – contaminates any drink made using the same frother unless its cleaned in between – can be a problem in Starbucks & lots of londonc off shops
  • Chips – need to check if they’re fried in the same oil as anything containing gluten
  • Top of cheesecake – lots of people said that shortly after diagnosis, they would do things like scrap the top off a normal cheesecake & just not eat the base. Sadly, it WILL be contaminated with crumbs from the base!! I know most of you will know this, but I thought it might be worth including for those who have just been diagnosed as sometimes people aren’t told about cc!

If you have any more to add to the list, please message me on insta or fb or email me via my contact page!! Thank you!

Hope it helps

Jess x


  • jkitchengf

    8th April 2019 at 3:56 pm

    SUCH A GOOD POST! thanks x

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