This page elaborates on one suggestion in my quick list of gluten-free diet tips.
In 2006, I began my gluten-free journey. If only I knew then what I know now, I would have been more vigilant about reading ingredient labels to avoid hidden sources of gluten (and all the other foods I react to).
This is one of my most important gluten-free diet tips. It could make the difference between you feeling good or feeling bad.
Did you know that soy sauce contains gluten? Did you know that some spices are mixed with gluten-containing flour to prevent clumping? Did you know that some ingredients might or might not contain gluten, and if you're not sure either way, you should contact the manufacturer or pass on them?
It's easy to identify gluten in ingredient lists that include the words “wheat,” “rye,” or “barley.” However, gluten that is hidden under names such as “vegetable protein,” “natural flavors,” and “non-dairy creamer” are more challenging.
To protect yourself, become familiar with all the possible sources of both obvious and hidden gluten, and stay away from products that contain them. See What Foods Contain Gluten? for details.
Also learn about the FDA's gluten-free labeling and allergen labeling rules.
Always read food labels to guide your food choices. However, always listen to your body, and avoid any foods that your body doesn't like.
This product contains a packet of dried ingredients to make a quick salad dressing. Just add olive oil, and you are done. You could also use this convenience product to make marinades, sauces, and dips.
Yes, we should care about all of the nutrition facts on food labels. For example, seeing sugar as the first ingredient in such a list is always a warning sign for me. However, in this case, after the olive oil is added, the sugar is not the most abundant ingredient in the finished product.
However, our focus here is to determine if this product contains gluten. Read the ingredients list, and note the following:
Also note the allergen labeling at the very bottom: CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY.
When you see wheat listed in a Contains statement, you might assume this means that the product in question definitely contains gluten. In most cases, it does. However, a heavily processed ingredient such as wheat starch might be considered safe. For an explanation, see my related gluten-free diet tip about the FDA's gluten-free labeling and allergen labeling rules.
1. Case, S. Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, Revised and Expanded Edition. Saskatchewan, Canada: Case Nutrition Consulting; 2010:52. [Book]