Food & Beauty: What is Safe?
Over the past four years, I have collected a lengthy list on what contains gluten. As someone with celiac disease, I have to be super careful about what I use for cooking, makeup, hair care and more. Not all products will list that they are gluten-free nor will the word gluten even be listed in the ingredients. Throughout this article, I will give you tips and tricks on how to be smart and safe with what you buy to keep yourself from getting sick!
Hidden words to look for in food:
Triticum vulgare (wheat)
Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
Hordeum vulgare (barley)
Secale cereale (rye)
Triticum spelta (spelt, a form of wheat)
source: alternative names for gluten
The general rule created in 2013 for gluten-free labeling is that the product has to be less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten to be considered gluten-free. If you have a severe allergy, you can always google it and see how other people have reacted to the specific item. That is what I have found myself doing at times.
Hidden words to look for in personal care products:
AMP-isostearoyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
Hydrolyzed wheat protein (HWP)
Hydrolyzed wheat gluten
Wheat bran extract
Wheat germ extract
Wheat germ glyceride
A great website I use to quickly look up if a personal care product is safe for me is, https://www.skinsafeproducts.com.
This website not only detects gluten but also many others helpful ingredients shown in the example below.
Skin Safe is helpful for anyone with allergies or sensitivities that are still searching for reasons why they are getting sick.
After a year of consistently still getting sick, when already on a gluten-free diet, I begged my doctor for more tests to find out why I was still getting sick. She simply asked me if I had checked what was in both my skin care and hair care products. This seemed so bizarre to me that I could have a gluten reaction to something like toothpaste or hairspray or even lotion. So remember, before buying your products, do your research!
What brands to look for?
Pangea Organics (except the oatmeal soap)
Desert Essence (Green Apple and Ginger, Fragrance-Free, Red Raspberry, Lemon Tea Tree, Italian Red Grape, and Coconut)
Kirkland Signature (Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo)
Paul Mitchell (some, not all)
If you have had a reaction to any of these brands in the past, let me know--I always like to be up to date on my knowledge. If you have any tips and tricks on how to detect gluten, please share with me!
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