A-Z of foods containing gluten

Often those just starting out on a gluten free diet will know to look out for ‘wheat’ on packaging, when in fact there are several different grains and starches that contain gluten and need to be avoided. This includes barley and rye which are often overlooked but commonly found in prepared foods.

One of the main categories of food that has to be approached with serious caution is baked goods. Most ready-made baked treats will have been produced using wheat flour or other offending flours and cannot be consumed by anyone with coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. This was our motivation for creating the Lovemore range of cakes, biscuits, pies and more!

It’s important to always check the ingredients list on any food you buy, and to ask questions when ordering in a restaurant, as sometimes even the most unlikely of items can surprise you and cause a reaction.

It can also be difficult to know how to safely cater for a friend or relative that suffers from Coeliac disease or who is on a gluten free diet. To help these people and those living with CD (or choosing a gluten free diet) to  identify some of the most easily overlooked gluten containing foods we have created this easy A-Z list. Most of these items can be placed into one of the following categories: Grains & Starches, Drink, Processed Meat, Baked Goods, Sauces & Syrups and Snacks.

This is a detailed list, but it is always safest to check before taking the risk.

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Spirits like gin, vodka and whiskey are generally considered gluten free, but some people will still experience a reaction even if the drink has been distilled from gluten grains. To be extra safe you can opt for alcohol with non-gluten sources.



Bacon (Imitation)

See vegetarian meats.


Baked beans

Some brands are gluten free, but others will contain gluten as part of the tomato sauce.


Barbeque sauce

In some store bought versions you may find ingredients like barley-based beer, vinegar derived from gluten grains, soy sauce or bourbon.





Mostly made using malted barley or malted wheat.



Most biscuits will contain offending flour or grains, opt for those labelled as gluten free. You can check out our range of gluten free cookies and biscuits here.




Breaded meats or vegetables

Or any other item coated in batter or breadcrumbs.



Most will contain wheat flour but there are free from options available including our gluten free chocolate brownies.



See soup.


Brown rice syrup

Often made using barley enzymes, if fungal enzymes are used instead it can be gluten free.



Bulgur is a grain used in pilafs, soups, bakery goods, or as stuffing. Often a substitute for rice or couscous.




Opt for specifically free from brands that will be free of wheat flour and gluten containing flavourings. Our range of gluten free cakes is just as delicious and always growing!



Wheat is often used as a thickening agent.



Most are made using corn, wheat or oats. Even rice cereals will sometimes use malt flavouring which contains gluten.


Chewing gum

Some are sweetened with glucose syrup sourced from wheat.



Many chocolate bars will have added ingredients that contain gluten such as biscuit or wafer, but the chocolate itself may also contain gluten if cross contamination with wheat, barley or rye has occurred. Luckily at Lovemore we have several safe chocolate products like gluten free chocolate cake and our very popular gluten free chocolate brownies.



Most cookies will contain offending flour or grains, opt for those labelled as gluten free. You can check out our range of gluten free cookies and biscuits here.








Crab meat (Imitation)

See sushi.


Cracked wheat

Grains of wheat that have been crushed into small pieces.


Curry powder

See ground spices.



Deli meats

Deli meats themselves may not contain gluten, but they may be cross-contaminated by the slicer.




Dry roasted nuts

Nuts are naturally gluten free but if flavouring is added this is likely to contain gluten.





Hard wheat grown in arid regions, often used to make pasta.



Egg substitute

Where eggs would be used to bind a recipe, wheat can be used as a replacement.



An ancient wheat.



An ancient wheat.


Energy bars

Many will contain the grains and flavourings you are trying to avoid.




Popular hot breakfast cereal that is usually made from semolina.



Refers to several different types of wheat, including spelt and more ancient forms of the grain such as einkorn and emmer.



Most will contain offending grains but not to worry as we sell yummy gluten-free flapjacks!


Flavoured coffees

Plain coffee is gluten-free but be careful of flavourings and other additions e.g. chocolate toppings.


French fries

They should be gluten free but often the same fryer is used for other glutenous foods so there is a risk of contamination.


Fried food/tempura

Wheat flour often used in batter and breadcrumbs.


Fruit fillings

Flavourings can contain gluten.



A type of prepared wheat gluten common in asian foods.




Commonly thickened with wheat flour or cornstarch.



Component of gluten, essential for giving bread the ability to rise properly during baking.


Graham flour

Wholewheat flour that has not been sifted


Ground spices

Can be adulterated with wheat flour or wheat starch to reduce cost.



Hot chocolate

Pure cocoa powder is gluten free, but drinking chocolate can contain wheat.


Hot dogs

See processed meats.


Hot drinks (instant)

See flavoured coffees.



Ice cream

Some are made with wheat flour, gluten content can vary depending on flavour and toppings.


Instant hot drinks

See flavoured coffees.


Imitation crab meat

See sushi.


Imitation bacon

See vegetarian meats.




An ancient type of wheat.




Usually contains wheat flour.



Malt/Malt vinegar/Malt flavouring

Malt is a germinated cereal grain, usually barley, that's dried in a process known as malting.


Marinated meat

Although fresh meat is naturally gluten free, marinades may contain gluten ingredients.



The flour for this flatbread must be ground from one of the five grains specified in Jewish law for Passover: wheat, barley, spelt, rye or oat.



Check labels for white or distilled vinegar, as well as thickeners, emulsifiers or stabilising agents.



Often use a wheat or starch to keep the meat together.



Contains bread crumbs.



Some types can include grains including wheat, barley and rye.



You guessed it - muffins are usually made using gluten-containing flours. Don’t stress, we’ve created these scrumptious gluten-free chocolate muffins.



A few prepared mustards are made with either wheat flour or malt vinegar.




For some noodles wheat flour is used, alternatives include rice noodles which are gluten free if no cross contamination has occurred.




Oats themselves don’t contain gluten, but are often processed in facilities that produce gluten-containing grains and may be contaminated.










Often pickled in malt vinegar.



All pastry has to be approached with caution, whether savoury or sweet. We’ve developed new free from recipes for classic pies, including gluten-free apple pies.




Processed cheese

Can contain artificial colours to improve their appearance and preservatives to increase shelf life, both of which can contain gluten.


Processed meat

Meats used for sausages, hot dogs, burgers and luncheon meats are often mixed with flour to hold it together.



Root beer

Caramel flavouring can contain gluten.


Rotisserie chicken

Loaded with added ingredients, seasoning, and preservatives that may contain gluten.



Member of the wheat family, closely related to barley and wheat.



Salad dressing

Sometimes contain wheat-based and starchy products as thickeners to create right texture.



See processed meats.



See processed meats.



wheat is often used as a thickening agent.



Always just the ingredients for flavourings, grains and starches.



Many vegan or fake-meat products are made primarily of gluten and are often nicknamed ‘wheat meat’.



Semolina is the purified wheat middlings of durum wheat, mainly used in making pasta and couscous.



Avoid soups with noodles, creamy soups and broths are also often thickened with wheat products.


Soy sauce

Made from fermented wheat.



Another kind of wheat.


Stock cubes

Gluten often used as a binding agent to hold the cube together.



Unless it's processed on contaminated equipment, all rice is gluten-free. However, sushi items like California rolls are made with imitation crab meat, which is an assortment of different sea foods mixed with starch.



Typically made from wheat.




Will often contain breadcrumbs.



The pastry is very likely to contain wheat flour but fruit fillings can also have hidden traces of gluten. You needn’t miss out on your favourite pastry snack, check out our gluten-free jam tarts here.


Teriyaki sauce

Contains soy sauce and potentially other gluten-containing additives.



A grain that’s a cross between wheat and rye.



Vegetables in sauce

All fresh fruit and veg is gluten free but watch out for veggies that have been prepared in a sauce as this may contain gluten.


Vegetarian meats

Many vegetarian-friendly meats use wheat products as binders.


Veggie burgers

See vegetarian meats.



See alcohol.




Gluten free in its original form but is often served with mustard and colouring, both of which can contain gluten, and can also be mixed with corn starch or wheat flour.


Wheat bran


Wheat germ


Wheat starch


Worcestershire sauce

Made using malt vinegar.


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