As you move through the supermarket, do you know what are considered gluten foods? If you aren't sure why it should even matter, please check out our page that answers the question, "What is gluten?"
We drew some excellent information on this very important topic from Dr. David Perlmutter's great book, "Grain Brain." You can find it in our list of classics, located in the left margin of every page.
In this page we'll present a very thorough guide to identify these foods. This list is also found in "Grain Brain."
The reason we need to limit our grain intake is two-fold. First of all, much of the grain we consume today is nothing like the kind eaten by our grandparents. This new version is highly processed. Here is a link with some excellent information about this health concern.
The second reason is the glyphosate effect. In the section following this one, I'll provide Dr. Perlmutter's list of grains and starches that are not on the list. But some of them are also doused with glyphosate. The Monsanto conspiracy is using us as lab rats. The results won't be in for a few years. Hopefully that isn't a few too late.
Graham flour Kamut
Please keep in mind that while foods on this list don't contain gluten, some of these foods are also dangerous because they drive up blood sugar levels. The real goal should be to greatly reduce grain consumption overall. "Gluten-free" foods that increase blood sugar levels are just as damaging to our health. Our version of the Mediterranean diet provides a good road map to improved health and vitality.
You'll need to read the labels to see if these packages fall into the category of gluten foods. Be sure to check out the last section that lists "code" for gluten.
Canned baked beans Beer
Blue cheeses Commercially prepared broths
Breaded foods Cereals
Cold cuts Commercially prepared chocolate milk
Egg substitutes Energy bars
Flavored coffee or tea French fries which are dusted with flour prior to freezing
Fried vegetables Fruit fillings and pudding
Gravy Hot dogs
Ice cream Imitation bacon or crab meat
Instant hot drinks Ketchup
Malt Flavoring Malt vinegar
Meatballs/meatloaf Non-dairy creamer
Oat bran Oats (many are going gluten-free now)
Roasted nuts Processed cheese (Velveeta)
Root beer Salad dressing
Syrups Soy and teriyaki sauces
Tabbouleh Trail mix
Vodka Veggie burgers
Wheat grass Wine coolers
Thanks to the hard work of grass roots networks, we're seeing more and more companies move away from gluten. The same efforts helped "persuade" companies to drop monosodium-glutamate.
We'll need to keep up the pressure to drive glyphosate out of the fields around the world.
Gluten foods are not the only health challenge. Gluten is found in many items used everyday. Here are some common examples.
Cosmetics Lipstick or lip balm
Medications Non-self-adhesive stamps and envelopes
Play-Doh Shampoos and conditioners
Vitamins and supplements (Be sure to read the labels)
As you check out the labels, be on the alert for these words. They are code for gluten. It's a clever way to get around actually using the word.
Amino peptide complex Avena sativa
Brown rice syrup Caramel color (often made from barley)
Fermented grain extract Hordeum distichon
Hordeum vulgare Hydrolysate
Hydrolyzed malt extract Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Maltodextrin Modified food starch
"Natural flavoring" Phytosphingosine extract
Secale cereale Soy protein
Triticum aestivum Triticum vulgare
Vegetable protein (HVP) Yeast extract
Gluten foods are all around us. Research is providing credible proof that gluten intolerance is much more prevalent than was thought to be the case.
Celiac disease is an extreme example of gluten intolerance, but we're learning that gluten very likely plays a role in some brain disease and in gut microbe challenges.
Please read "Grain Brain" and "Wheat Belly." I think you'll find both books very enlightening.