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Hidden Wheat Ingredients

By Dotchi Latham @DotchiLatham
If you are allergic to wheat, you may be consuming it in your foods without realizing it. Wheat has different names and types, for example: did you know kamut is wheat? Yup, it sure is! 

If you are reading labels carefully, you might see a label that states "contains wheat". Then you read the ingredients but can't figure out where the wheat is in your canned soup. Well, that's because some ingredients aren't called wheat, but come from wheat.

Here is a list of things to look for on your food labels when you are trying to figure out if it has wheat or not. The ones with a * MAY contain wheat.

I am listing the obvious ones (like wheat bread) and the not so obvious ones (like oats).

Hidden Wheat Ingredients

From Wikipedia


  • All purpose flour
  • Artificial flavoring, natural flavoring
  • Beer
  • Bran 
  • Bread (any type made with white flour, wheat flour)
  • Bread crumbs
  • Bread flour
  • Breading
  • Bromated flour  
  • Bulgur 
  • Cake flour 
  • Canned Soups *
  • Caramel color *
  • Cereal
  • Cereal extract 
  • Couscous 
  • Crackers
  • Cracker meal 
  • Dextrin *
  • Durum flour 
  • Enriched flour 
  • Farina 
  • Flour
  • Food Starch * 
  • Fu 
  • Gelatinized Starch *
  • Germ 
  • Gluten 
  • Graham flour 
  • Gravy
  • High gluten flour 
  • High protein flour
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) *
  • Ice Cream
  • Instant flour
  • Malt
  • Malt extract
  • Maltodextrin *
  • Matzo, Matzoh
  • Matzah
  • Matza
  • Matsa
  • Matso
  • Matzo meal
  • Matzoh meal
  • Matzah meal
  • Matza meal
  • Matsa meal
  • Matso meal
  • Matsah meal
  • Matsoh meal
  • Modified Food Starch *
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) *
  • Noodles
  • Oats (May contain wheat from cross contamination) *
  • Panko
  • Pasta
  • Pastry flour
  • Phosphated flour
  • Pies
  • Pie fillings
  • Plain flour
  • Sausages
  • Seitan
  • Self-rising flour
  • Semolina
  • Soft wheat flour 
  • Soy Sauce *
  • Spelt (is a type of wheat. Be very cautious!)
  • Steel ground flour
  • Stone ground flour
  • Surimi *
  • Tabbouleh
  • Tamari *
  • Teriyaki Sauce *
  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) *
  • Unbleached flour
  • Vegetable Gum *
  • Vegetable Starch *
  • Vital gluten
  • Wheat, 
  • wheat berries
  • wheat bran 
  • wheat flour
  • wheat germ 
  • wheat gluten
  • wheat grass
  • wheat malt 
  • wheat starch
  • wheat sprouts
  • White flour
  • Whole wheat berries
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat flour
See how difficult this is? Don't panic! Kids with Food Allergies has a printable card you can take with you to help you remember these. Not all are on the card since I am getting the list from a few sources. You can find the printable card here. Did I miss something that contains wheat? Shoot me an email and I'll add it to the list. Reading around the web: 5 Sources of Hidden Gluten in Your Diet (and wheat). Great read with tips I didn't even think of. Resources for this post Kids With Food Allergies Wikipedia WebMD About.com My experiences with trial and error

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