Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.

If you have celiac-disease, gluten-sensitivity or for some other reason you're not eating gluten-the protein found in wheat, rye and barley-you probably know to steer clear of big, obvious offenders like bread, pasta and baked goods.

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But there are also foods that are sometimes made with gluten-containing ingredients that you wouldn't necessarily expect to contain gluten. Here's a list of surprising foods that are not gluten-free-a must-read if you have celiac-disease, are eating gluten-free or cooking for someone who is.

  • Bouillon cubes and broths
  • Dairy substitutes, such as nondairy creamer
  • Rice mixes
  • Potato chips
  • Hard candy
  • Licorice
  • Jelly beans
  • Cold cuts
  • Hot dogs
  • Salami
  • Sausage
  • Communion wafers
  • French fries
  • Gravy
  • Imitation fish
  • Matzo
  • Sauces
  • Seasoned tortilla chips
  • Self-basting turkey
  • Soups
  • Soy sauce
  • Vegetables in sauce
  • Salad dressings
  • Dry-roasted nuts
  • Miso
  • Soba noodles

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There are also ingredients that may contain-or be manufactured with-a gluten-containing grain or by-product. Here are some. You can find a more comprehensive list at www.celiac.com.

  • Artificial color
  • Caramel coloring
  • Hydrolyzed protein, plant protein, vegetable protein
  • Dextrin
  • Modified food starch
  • Natural flavors, flavoring and juices
  • Spice blends
  • Smoke flavoring
  • Stabilizers
  • Emulsifiers

Fortunately, thanks to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, it is easier now to identify wheat-containing ingredients: if a food or an ingredient contains wheat or protein derived from wheat, the word "wheat" must appear clearly on the food label.

So read your food labels closely!

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