Live Better
 
 

10 hidden sources of gluten

It's not just breads, pastas and pastries. Gluten can lurk in some surprising places.

1. Cornflour. The name itself lulls you into a false sense of security, unfortunately some contain wheat.

2. Roast chicken. Seasonings and stuffing may contain gluten, so the only sure way to keep it gluten free is to roast it yourself.

3. Packaged and luncheon meat. Those individual packs of ham, chicken and turkey you can buy at the supermarket (or processed meat in the deli) may contain wheat gluten as a binding agent. Ham off the bone, unseasoned chicken and turkey breast are the best choices.

4. Flavoured rice crackers, popcorn, potato chips and corn chips. The seasoning may contain gluten, so stick to plain flavours.

5. Liquorice. You’ll find wheat flour in there with all that glucose syrup and molasses.

6. Flourless cakes. Although flour-free, these dense and delicious cakes may contain other gluten containing ingredients such as icing sugar.

7. Flavoured and herb cheese, blue vein and bread moulded based cheese. If you are particularly sensitive to gluten then these cheeses may cause symptoms.

8. Soy sauce. Some soy sauces contain barley and therefore gluten.

9. Vegetable and yeast extracts (e.g. Vegemite, Marmite). Made from yeast grown on barley and wheat, these spreads are great sources of B vitamins and unfortunately gluten too.

10. Milo and Ovaltine. These cereal-based cocoa powders are made from gluten containing malted barley.

It’s not just breads, pastas and pastries. Gluten can lurk in some surprising places.

Recommended Reading

10 foods to always have at home

You’ll never be lost for healthy cooking ideas with these.

Read more

Easy veggie tacos recipe

15-minute DIY tacos the whole family will love.

Read more

The best food to fuel your fitness training

Sports dietitian Tim McMaster shares his formula.

Read more

Hate grocery shopping? Try this

There are plenty of alternatives to the supermarket trip.

Read more

Rainbow veggie pho recipe

A colourful, veggie twist on a Vietnamese favourite.

Read more

Your diet at 25 vs. your diet at 65

How should it change? Dietitian Daniel Thomson explains.

Read more

Chicken and prawn Hailam noodles recipe

Bright Asian flavours and juicy chicken combine.

Read more

Red beef and vegetable curry with fresh herbs recipe

Adam Liaw makes Asian cuisine easy with this bold curry.

Read more