UNDER REVISION! UPDATES TO THIS LABELING SECTION BASED ON THE FINALIZED FDA GLUTEN FREE LABELING LAW ARE COMING SOON. IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING SITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods
Foods Labeled Gluten-Free Must Now be in Compliance with the FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule
- There are many ingredients that sometimes cause confusion for people on a gluten-free diet. You really don't need to worry about the following foods or ingredients listed below. 1 Visit the Simple Label Reading, Labeling of Allergens and the FDA vs USDA sections for more information on ingredients.
- Blue cheese (unless wheat, barley, rye, or malt is included in the ingredients list or Contains statement)
- Caramel - a food coloring (even if wheat is listed as the source)
- Distilled Alcohol
- Glucose syrup (even if wheat is listed as the source)
- Maltodextrin (even if wheat is listed as the source )
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- The term "natural flavor"
- Sorbitol and other sugar alcohols (xylitol, mannitol, maltitol, etc)
- The single word "spice" or "spices"
- The single word "starch" in FDA-regulated foods
- The single word "vinegar"
Ask Yourself: How many of these ingredients have you been avoiding and didn't need to?
- One or two - just a few. I'm glad I read this page.
- Many. I'm relieved to know I can increase the variety of my foods.
IMPORTANT NOTE about Dextrin and Modified Food Starch:
Unless a product is labeled gluten-free, avoid products containing wheat-based dextrin and wheat-based modified food starch. For more information, visit the FDA vs USDA sections.
TAKE HOME MESSAGES:
- In general you can eat foods containing blue cheese, caramel, dextrose, distilled alcohol, glucose syrup, MSG, maltodextrin, natural flavor, spice, starch, sorbitol, vinegar, and whey.
RESOURCES FOR YOU:
Gluten-Free Dietitian Newsletter. http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/newsletter/. Accessed October 19, 2011.
Thompson T, Brown Marlisa. American Dietetic Association's Easy Gluten-Free: Expert Nutrition Advice with More than 100 Recipes . John Wiley and Sons. Hoboken, NJ, 2010
- Thompson, T. ADA Pocket Guide to Gluten-Free Strategies for Clients with Multiple Diet Restrictions. American Dietetic Association. Chicago, IL, 2011.
Revision Date: 8-29-12
Author: Tricia Thompson, MS, RD
Editors: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Daniel Leffler, MD, MS