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Wheat & Gluten Allergy

What is a Wheat Allergy? What is gluten sensitivity?

Wheat is the most allergenic of all grains, in part because it has a whole array of proteins that have been shown to cause allergic reactions: glutenins, albumins, gliadins, and globulins.

Gluten is present in any wheat-based foods. It is also added to some foods that are based upon other grains. Wheat-sensitive people may need to avoid products that contain any grain flours, because it is likely that gluten is still present. Even gluten-free products can contain traces of gluten. Celiac disease is a medical condition related to gluten intolerance.

Buckwheat is a safe alternative to wheat products, as are products that are made from corn or oats. There are also many specialty foods designed for gluten-sensitive individuals. Barley, maize, rice, and rye are safe alternatives for most, but there are some known cross-reactions, so they should be approached with care. Consult with a NYC allergist to determine a safe dietary plan for you.

Foods that Could Contain Wheat or Gluten

  • Alcohol (made from grain alcohol)
  • Ale
  • Beer
  • Bourbon
  • Whiskey
  • Wine
  • Baked goods
  • Baking mixes
  • Biscuits
  • Breads
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Rye bread
  • Battered and breaded meats and vegetables
  • Cereals and grains
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Cousous
  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Bran
  • Couscous
  • Durum wheat
  • Farina
  • Kamut
  • Macaroni
  • Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Semolina
  • Spaghetti
  • Spelt
  • Condiments
  • Gravy
  • Pepper (may have flour used as a filler)
  • Soy sauce
  • Flours
    • All-purpose
    • Bleached flour
    • Enriched
    • Graham
    • Hard durum
    • High gluten
    • High protein
  • Gluten
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Meat products
  • Hot dogs
  • Luncheon meats
  • Processed meats
  • Sausage
  • Bouillon
  • Gravy
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Soups and soup mixes
  • Starches
  • Cornstarch
  • Gelatinized
  • Modified
  • Pre-gelatinized
  • Sweets
  • Candy
  • Chocolate candy
  • Ice cream
  • Ice cream cones
  • Licorice
  • Pies
  • Malt
  • Malted milks
  • Milk shakes
  • Tablets and capsules (nutritional supplements or even pharmaceuticals)


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