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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are common foods with gluten?

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    Courtney Bates

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Courtney is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). She runs her own practice on … View Profile

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats, barley and triticale. Common foods containing gluten grains include breads, cereals, biscuits, crispbreads, muffins and pasta. Foods in batter or pastry also contain gluten. Hidden sources of gluten are in baking powder, yoghurts (thickener 1400-1450, if wheat derived), tinned soups, frozen/ canned vegetables, sauces and condiments. Be sure to check the label on these foods to determine if gluten free or not.

    Foods naturally gluten free include rice, quinoa, corn, fresh (non-marinated) meats/ seafood, eggs, legumes, lentils, nuts, honey, milk, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, tea/ coffee, herbs and spices.

    If you are on a gluten free diet following diagnosis of coeliac disease, I recommend seeing an Accredited Practising Dietitian to ensure your diet is strictly gluten free. The coeliac society http://www.coeliac.org.au/ also has some great resources.

    Courtney Dinnerville
    Accredited Practising Dietitian

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    Ashleigh is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD, AN) and registered with the Dietitian's Association of Australia with experience in both clinical and private practice. Ashleigh's … View Profile

    Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It is present in the following:

    1. Bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries, pies, cereals, pastas and flour.
    2. Manufactured foods - including foods with sauces, foods with thickening agents, sausages, foods coated in flour batter or crumbs.
    3. Unexpected sources -such as medications, Playdough, beer. baking powder

    Gluten damages the lining of the small bowel in people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. The treatment for these conditions is to exclude gluten from the diet. All foods and medications need to be gluten free. Foods and medications which are ‘low gluten’ should not be included in your diet.

    A gluten free diet can be nutritious and tasty. Choose the recommended serves from the 5 Food Groups. Avoid those foods which contain gluten. I suggest you speak with an Accredited Practising Dietitian to gain a more thorough understanding of the gluten free diet and methods to incorporate gluten free foods into your daily intake.

     

    Ashleigh

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    Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    Gluten hides in a lot of very common foods in the Standard American Diet. In addition to avoiding the gluten containing grains like wheat, spelt, rye, barley, farro, kamut and semolina, you also need to watch out for the hidden gluten in many processed foods.

    Avoiding wheat can be especially hard because this means you should avoid all wheat-based flours and ingredients. These include but are not limited to: White Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Durum Wheat, Graham Flour, Triticale, Kamut, Semolina, Spelt, Wheat Germ, Wheat Bran. Common foods that are usually made with wheat include: Pasta, Couscous, Bread, Flour, Tortillas, Cookies, Cakes, Muffins, Pastries, Cereal, Crackers, Beer, Oats, Gravy, Dressings, Sauces.

    This may seem like a long list, but there are still plenty of gluten-free foods out there! Choose from many fresh, healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy, nuts and gluten-free grains like quinoa or rice. There are also gluten-free versions of many of the foods above available in most grocery stores. You just have to look for them! Gluten Surprises you when may not expect it, but the following foods can also contain gluten: broth in soups and bouillon cubes, breadcrumbs and croutons, some lollies, fried foods, imitation fish, some lunch meats, and hot dogs, malt, matzo, modified food, starch another name for carbohydrate, one of the three main nutrients in food, seasoned chips and other seasoned snack foods, salad dressings, self-basting turkey soy sauce, seasoned rice and pasta mixes. There are also many addititves and ingredients in packaged foods that may contain gluten. Always check labels and ingredient lists for these. For a more comprehensive list of gluten-containing additives, contact your local coeliac support group. Other Tips to Remember: Don't forget that ingredients in food products change frequently, so always check the label before buying packaged foods. Remember that "wheat-free" does not automatically mean "gluten-free." While a product may not contain wheat, it can still contain rye or barley in some form. If you have any question about whether a food contains gluten, contact the manufacturer directly.

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