Gluten Free UAE

Hoping to be of help to all those living gluten free in the United Arab Emirates – نأمل أن نكون عوناً لكل من يعيش حياته خالية من الجلوتين في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in Wheat, Barley and Rye. All flours made from these grains contain Gluten.

Oats are naturally gluten free, but because of growing and harvesting methods (using same fields, same machinery etc) most oats would not be considered safe for Celiacs. You can find Certified Gluten Free Oats in most specialist shops or in the specialist foods section of your supermarket. However, some Celiacs do not tolerate oats well even if they are certified gluten free. Speak to your Doctor about Oats and whether you should include them in your diet.

Gluten can be hidden everywhere…..

When you are first diagnosed you probably walk away thinking it’s not to bad, gluten is only in so many things right? Pasta, bread, cakes… wrong! Gluten can probably be found in over half of the stuff in your cupboards and fridge. The best and easiest way to find out if something has gluten in it is to google. Don’t forget the E numbers, food additives etc. And remember, ‘if in doubt, leave it out’. If you are not able to find out if a product is safe, don’t eat it! The lists here are by no means complete, it’s just a starting point. Anyone with Celiac disease, gluten intolerance or wheat allergy should check all products carefully before buying them. Remember though, there are great gluten free brands and alternatives out there, so don’t think you will never be able to enjoy chocolate or ice cream again, you will, as long as you buy the right brand. While one ketchup may have gluten, another is safe etc.

Contains Gluten

Wheat
Rye
Barley
Flour
Bread
Pasta
Cakes
Cookies
Biscuits
Malt
Spelt
Kamut
Bulgar Wheat
Triticale
Farina
Cous Cous
Semolina
Pancakes
Soy sauce

May Contain Gluten

Stock Cubes
Food Colouring
Chocolate
Sweets
Candy
Oats
Starch
Thickener
Flavourings
Ketchup
Soft Drinks
Juice
Vitamins
Medication
Salad dressings
Stuffings
Breakfast Cereals
Sausages
Blue Cheese
Luncheon Meat
Gravy Powder
Baked Beans
Instant Coffee
Soups
Crisps
Drinking Chocolate
Curry Powder
Play Dough
Crab Sticks
Lipstick
Tooth Paste
French Fries
Spice Mixes
Chicken (can sometimes be injected with fillers)
Mixed Nuts
Grated Cheese
Yoghurt & Custard
Ready made sauces
Ice cream
Baking Powder
Dry Yeast
Dates with Chocolate
Icing Sugar
Flavored teas
Dried Fruits
Instant Soup
Balsamic Vinegar

Linda Forster

Please note that the above is information taken from my own experiences and information readily available in most media. It’s important to consult with a doctor in any matter regarding your health.

The images used on this page were found using google and did not appear to be copyrighted, if they are yours and you wish to have them removed, please let me know! Thanks

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