15 Foods to Avoid with Gluten Intolerance

If you are the type that passes this and noshes down that I bet, you know which foods you should avoid if you are suffering from gluten intolerance. If you have celiac disease or you are simply on a gluten-free diet, you know that finding the right foods needs a certain level of constant vigilance.

There are a few unexpected foods that you should avoid when on a gluten-free diet. This is because the gluten might be hiding somewhere in there especially with the modern cooking techniques.

Salad Dressing

Salad dressings are one major danger zone for people with gluten intolerance. Most of them contain the modified food starch often made from wheat, corn, and potatoes. And more to that, barley malt is often used to bring in that golden kick. In cases where a salad dressing uses malt vinegar, there is a good percentage of gluten.


Vegetables are gluten-free but when we talk about pickles there is need to do some double checking. Pickles dipped in white vinegar are totally safe but if its malt alcohol made from barley, that’s a no-go zone.

Instant coffee

Instant coffee often contains bulking and anti-caking agents which have some level of gluten in them.


Stews and soups may contain some wheat-based thickeners. Always ask the caterer for you to confirm the gluten-free status of your soups and stews.


Oats are gluten free in their structural makeup. However, if they are grown alongside other plants such as wheat, they could be easily contaminated. To stay on the safe side, if you must have oats, look for the ones with the gluten-free label.

Ground spice mixes

Gluten hides mostly in the anti-caking agents that involve a combination of many spices mixes together.

Deli meats

Ready to cook meats may have some of the unsafe breadcrumbs and sauces. And other cured meats can also be brined in the malt vinegar. That is why it’s better if you just avoid them if you are gluten intolerance.

Other foods include:

  • Sushi
  • French fries
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Cocoa mix
  • Vegan meat alternatives
  • Sauces (e.g.: soy sauce)

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