The 100 Most Common Food Ingredients that Contain Gluten

An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population of the USA, has celiac disease. However, recent screening studies point to a potentially higher prevalence than 1% in the United States. That means a lot of people are looking to avoid gluten and wheat ingredients, but did you know just how prevalent they are?

Gluten is everywhere if you aren’t looking so it’s important to know common food ingredients that contain the allergen! If you are allergic to gluten or have Celiac Disease, pay attention to this list. Here are the 100 most commonly used food ingredients that contain gluten (wheat, barley, rye, etc.).

Be sure to review our previous popular article about Sneaky Food Products that Contain Gluten/Wheat.

Common Food Ingredients that Contain Gluten

Navigating a gluten-free diet can be challenging, especially when gluten hides in unexpected places. In this article, we uncover the 100 most common food ingredients that contain or may contain gluten, helping you make informed choices.

From everyday staples to hidden additives, this list aims to simplify your shopping and dining experiences so you aren’t fretting about gluten when dining out or cooking at home. Whether you’re managing celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or simply choosing a gluten-free lifestyle, this list will be an essential resource in maintaining your health and well-being.

1. Wheat flour
2. Barley
3. Rye
4. Gluten
5. Wheat germ
6. Wheat starch
7. Wheat bran
8. Semolina
9. Bulgur
10. Durum
11. Farro
12. Kamut
13. Spelt
14. Triticale
15. Couscous
16. Oats (unless labeled gluten-free)
17. Malt vinegar
18. Brewer’s yeast
19. Barley malt
20. Barley malt extract
21. Barley malt flavoring
22. Malted barley flour
23. Malt syrup
24. Malt extract
25. Maltodextrin (unless specified gluten-free)
26. Hydrolyzed wheat protein
27. Wheat based food gums
28. Wheat berries
29. Wheat protein isolate
30. Wheat starch hydrolysate
31. Wheat germ oil
32. Wheat amino acids
33. Wheat bran extract
34. Wheat-based dextrin
35. Modified wheat starch
36. Farina
37. Graham flour
38. Enriched flour
39. Bleached flour
40. Cake flour
41. Pastry flour
42. Self-rising flour
43. Bread flour
44. Wheat protein
45. Wheat gluten
46. Wheat maltodextrin
47. Wheat gum
48. Wheat germ glycerides
49. Wheat based fillers in meat
50. Wheat bran
51. Wheat-based maltodextrin
52. Wheat-based hydrolysate
53. Wheat-based protein
54. Wheat-based starch
55. Wheat-based caramel flavoring
56. Wheat-based malt
57. Wheat-based dextrin
58. Wheat-based textured protein
59. Wheat-based vegetable protein
60. Wheat-based natural flavoring
61. Wheat-based modified food starch
62. Wheat-based malt flavoring
63. Wheat-based vegetable gum
64. Wheat-based soy sauce
65. Wheat-based broth
66. Wheat-based bouillon
67. Wheat-based seasoning
68. Wheat-based stabilizer
69. Wheat-based thickener
70. Wheat-based binder
71. Wheat-based filler
72. Wheat-based extender
73. Wheat-based emulsifier
74. Wheat-based humectant
75. Wheat-based bulking agent
76. Wheat-based carrier
77. Wheat-based nutritional supplement
78. Wheat-based food additive
79. Wheat-based pharmaceutical additive
80. Wheat-based coating
81. Wheat-based release agent
82. Wheat-based anticaking agent
83. Wheat-based anticlumping agent
84. Wheat-based anticrystallizing agent
85. Wheat-based dispersing agent
86. Wheat-based glazing agent
87. Wheat-based texturizer
88. Wheat-based firming agent
89. Wheat-based gelling agent
90. Wheat-based humectant
91. Wheat-based leavening agent
92. Wheat-based stabilizer
93. Wheat-based thickening agent
94. Wheat-based clarifying agent
95. Wheat-based dough conditioner
96. Wheat-based drying agent
97. Wheat-based emulsifying agent
98. Wheat-based firming agent
99. Wheat-based flavor enhancer
100. Wheat-based clarifier

More Ways to Protect Yourself from Gluten

Other ways to protect yourself when living gluten free due to Celiac Disease or an allergy/intolerance.

Understanding which ingredients contain gluten is crucial for maintaining a gluten-free diet. By keeping this list handy, you can make safer food choices and avoid unwanted gluten exposure. Stay informed and healthy.

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