When making your kitchen gluten-free, you will find yourself eliminating a variety of foods right off the bat as obviously gluten-guilty. These foods typically contain wheat flour as their main ingredient, such as all-purpose wheat flour, breads, cereals, pancake and biscuit mixes, cake mixes, cookies, crackers, and pasta. Wheat flour is generally listed as the first ingredient, making them easy to eliminate at first glance.
On the other hand, there will be many foods that are not as easily recognizable as containing gluten and you will need to read the label further. These types of foods include soups, sauces, broths, spices, flavorings, seasoning packets like taco seasoning, drink mixes, candy bars, potato chips, beverages, and many more. Always remember that any processed food that contains more than one ingredient is an automatic suspect for hidden gluten. You have to look at everything.
Also, don’t let brand names fool you, they can be gluten decoys. For example, Rice Chex cereal is not made just from rice, it has wheat flour as the main ingredient. Be watchful of things like Corn Bread mix also. While it may appear initially that the product is made from corn, the name is deceiving and again you will often find the first ingredient listed is wheat flour. Never assume.
And it can get even more mysterious. Have you checked your tea lately? Many teas have other ingredients besides tea leaves like barley (gluten!) often used as a flavor enhancer. Who would have suspected?