It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything related to being gluten-free. I’ve been following a GF diet for about 8 months now, and still every day I feel like I’m finding yet another item that has gluten in it. The tendency is to think gluten is contained only to items such as bread and pasta, but it’s in so many other things, including non-food items! So I thought I’d share a couple of the things I’ve learned in hope that it will help you in your GF journey.
Once I say the word “beer”, most people are like “Oh yeah! Of course!” since it is made from wheat. But it’s not one of those items you automatically think to avoid. For me, this wasn’t a big deal because I rarely drank beer as I didn’t like the taste. But for those of you that do love it, there are some GF beers like OMission. I personally love hard cider so that’s what I tend to drink if I am wanting something similar-ish to beer.
The hardest thing for me is that beer is used for cooking/flavoring things (think Beer Cheese Soup, Beer Chicken, etc.), and I really loved those types of things. If I’m cooking with a recipe that calls for it, I usually just replace it with hard cider. But oh do I miss beer cheese soup…
Yep, soy sauce has wheat in it. And just like beer, when you think about not dipping your sushi in soy sauce, that seems pretty easy to avoid. Thankfully, there is such a thing as gluten-free soy sauce and I personally can’t taste much of a difference. Some people use Liquid Aminos instead of the GF soy sauce, but I don’t particularly care for the taste.
The biggest thing is to make sure something hasn’t been cooked in soy sauce (which that is definitely a hard one to avoid! Soy sauce is things like barbecue sauce, steak marinade, etc.) so you have to be careful about that.
This one was very upsetting for me. I LOVE malt vinegar on my french fries. But unfortunately, it’s also processed with wheat, so no more malt vinegar. I haven’t found a GF substitute yet so if you know of one, please share!
Makeup & Skincare Products
Yep, that’s right. Some makeup and skincare products contain gluten. This is one of the most recent things I’ve discovered, so I am trying to learn how to read the labels to know what words to look for. Now, I know that if you aren’t gluten-intolerant or Celiac, this may not be a big deal to you, but if you are, it could be an area you are missing. I did find out that Tarte Cosmetics formulates all of the their products without gluten so I have been slowly switching to them as my current products have run out (so far I’m using their Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara and their blush, both of which I love).
If you are cutting out gluten, what things have you found it secretly hidden in? I’m still learning so please share! I need all the help I can get!