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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Common Mistakes of the Gluten Free

Mistakes when you are gluten free can be common.  I personally have made more than my fair share.  Here is a list of easy to fix mistakes.

Thinking Wheat Free means gluten free.  This is not the case.  While in some instances wheat free and gluten free can mean the same thing.  In most cases they are different.  Just because something does not contain wheat does not make it gluten free.  Remember that gluten can come in a variety of forms. 

Gluten free junk food, it can be easy to load up on the gluten free junk food.  The thoughts behind this are "it is gluten free, so it is healthy." this is not the case.  In fact in most cases junk food can come in gluten and non gluten forms.  Just because a potato chip doesn't contain gluten, doesn't mean that it is now healthy.  A food item being gluten free does not give it an ok to be eaten.  In fact some gluten free junk food is worse for you than the normal gluten filled stuff.  I am talking fats and sugars, many companies add more to make the food taste better.

Using many hand sanitizers, many higher end hand sanitizers contain wheat germ and/or other forms of gluten.  It didn’t occur to me to check this before I got sick off of it.  I bought mine at Bath and Body works and I strongly suggest someone with a gluten issue stay away from that store.  So many of the products directly contain gluten, that there is no way the rest is not at least contaminated.  Until this store gets wise, I strongly suggest you stay away.

Cream products like sour cream and cottage cheese often have gluten to fill out the flavor and texture.  I didn't look the first time I bought this product and boy was I sorry.  I didn't even think that this product would contain gluten, I mean why would it?  Always check to make sure that the cream product you are buying is in fact gluten free.  This can include creamer and coffee flavors as well, even if most are dairy free. 

What small gluten mistakes have you made?  

1 comment:

  1. Oh ho, I have done the hand sanitizer one recently. Uncool. . I also have a problem with the wheat perception. I do, thankfully, know better now, but I had my mishaps. Thankfully, I don't do the coffee creamer at all...and I despise sour cream, french onion dip, etc. so I'm safe there. LOL. Thanks for posting this~