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 hadn’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 🙂
Not all brands of the following products will contain gluten, but some do & have caught people out so worth triple checking!
- strawberry laces
- white mice
- 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
- Morrison’s stir fry veg – its a may contain 🙁
- Some Chocolate
- Sprinkles – for cake decorating
- Things you don’t even order when you’re out so you put less thought into it – biscuits in the hairdressers, someone giving you a cough sweet, car sweets etc
CROSS CONTAMINATION RISK:
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!
Hope it helps