While a gluten free diet may seem like the latest way for celebs like Peter Sarsgaard and Miley Cyrus to shed some weight, the fact is that for the millions of Americans who have celiac disease or another condition which leads to gluten intolerance, it’s no health trend. Even a hint of gluten can lead to serious health consequences. But it can be hard to know which food, cosmetic, or even household items may contain gluten. Some may surprise you.
Aside from being a popular thickener in processed foods, glutinous wheat flour or byproducts of it are also used in all kinds of things. And frequently, it’s not listed.
Here’s a list of common food products and other items that you’d never think twice about, but that often contain gluten. And, as always, if you know of any others, be sure to share them in the comments.
Image via Almy, who does, in fact, make a gluten-free communion wafer.