Do You Know? There Are Different Surprising Foods With Gluten in Them?
I am still shocked, to this day, at all the different surprising foods with gluten in them. Fortunately, for most, if not all, foods containing gluten there is a gluten free alternative that tastes approximately the same or better. Unfortunately, some of it does not taste better, but if it does, it is usually pretty pricey.
➣ At the top of my list of things that contain gluten that surprise (and annoy) me is soy sauce. When I first heard about its glutenyness (that is a word, trust me, you don’t need to look it up), I was shocked. Then, when my wife pointed out that it meant she could never eat at Chinese restaurants, I was seriously annoyed.
➣ I love Chinese buffets. I know I shouldn’t but I do. Also, there’s not very many different kinds of food that will delivered to your door. So, I can’t be as lazy. We also had some trouble with eating sushi because soy sauce is in a lot of things, but certainly not everything, so it doesn’t eliminate sushi from our options. We also have bought gluten free soy sauce at Whole Foods that we bring with us to sushi places. This is the kind we get, but when you count the shipping, it is probably more cost effective to get it at your local natural foods store.
➣ Gravy surprised me. I am not a fan of gravy, but my wife likes it. Why is there wheat in gravy? I don’t know, but I know you can find gluten free gravy. I haven’t tried any in the link, but I would probably pick the one that was reviewed the best and try it.
➣ Chicken (and other kinds of) broth or bullion usually has gluten in it! This really annoys me because chicken broth is a nice way to flavor a lot of simple recipes and its another thing that really seems like it doesn’t need wheat in it. Here (make sure to notice the subscribe and save) is the gluten free chicken broth we use and like, but there are others on Amazon you can try.
➣ Corn tortillas! Many corn tortillas have wheat in them. This one upsets me and my wife the most probably because its so tricky. Many of the corn tortillas you find at the grocery store will be OK (still read the label). The biggest culprit here is going out to eat at places that also serve flour tortillas. They make them in the same machine, so they are covered in flour. We love our Tex-Mex food (we live in Texas), so this is a real downer.
➣ Here’s a ray of light in the gluten free world — Corn Chex Cereals used to have wheat in them, but now they’ve come out and made their cereals gluten free. They’ve even put “gluten free” in huge letters on the box. Very nice. Also, this is convenient snack food for a toddler. I don’t recommend getting them off Amazon because their prices are way too high. You should be able to find them at any grocery store.
➣ Licorice, including Twizzlers, contains wheat. Yet another food that shocked me when my wife told me she couldn’t have them anymore. I think it shocked her. Fortunately, she’s not a big fan of licorice anyway. I still found some good gluten free licorice on Amazon. It is a pretty decent deal with the subscribe and save if you like licorice. However, it is only marginally better than Twizzlers, so only get some if you’re a big licorice fan. Notice that this brand also has 3 different flavors.
Here are some non-surprising foods that contain gluten with good gluten free alternatives:
- Crackers – Alternative
- Bread – Alternative
- Bread crumbs – Alternative
- Pancake mix – Alternative
- Pastas – Alternative
- Cookies – Alternative
All of these can be found on Amazon. Check my other posts. I’ve linked to the stuff we like for most of these items.
Here is another some additional reading about foods with gluten on Celiac.com