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'gluten free' non-wheat products

quickquiche's picture

'gluten free' non-wheat products

To the best of my understanding, gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat.  I am emphasizing 'wheat' because I have a question about this.

I was in the supermarket yesterday. While walking through the Meat Dept., I noticed in the refigerated shelves they had packaged sliced ham listed as "gluten-free".  Yeah, last time I looked, pretty much all pork products didn't come from wheat.

So, I guess I'm wondering why any non-wheat product like pork, beef, etc, etc, that is obviously not  a wheat product be listed as 'gluten-free'.

Can someone please exzplain this? Thanks in advance. :)


LindyD's picture

Sometimes ham comes with a glaze, and the glaze contains wheat. 

Sometimes manufacturers add a current catchy (and overworked) phrase to their products, such as "artisan carrots."

The ingredient list should be your guide.

quickquiche's picture

Lindy D,

Aha, ok. That makes sense. Thank you for explaining that. :)


clazar123's picture

Gluten can also be in flavorants and additives that may be derived from other cereals/grasses. Some celiacs need to prevent even a miniscule exposure.