Those of us that live a gluten-free lifestyle check labels on everything we consume hoping to stay safe from the harmful effects gluten has on our bodies. Sometimes gluten ends up in our homes in unexpected products. Shampoo, soaps, lotion and toothpaste to name a few may contain gluten. Do you have kids? Did you know that some crayons, paints, finger paints, and play-doh contain gluten? It’s hiding, in almost everything. By US law manufactures are not required to label the ingredients of these products. That leaves some of us guessing.
Shampoo, Soaps, Lotions, Diaper Rash Cream, Make-up, Mouthwash and Toothpaste:
The easiest way to find out if your cosmetics have gluten in them is to call and ask the manufacturer. You can also read the labels and look for these ingredients which may contain gluten:
- hydrolyzed malt extract
- hydrolyzed wheat protein
- hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- wheat germ
- vitamin E (which is mostly derived from wheat germ)
- barley extract
- fermented grain extract
- oat (avena sativa)
- samino peptide complex
- phytosphingosine extract
- triticum vulgare
- dextrin palmitate
- Secale Cereale
- Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate
- yeast extract
You can also purchase products that are labeled or certified gluten-free.
Products to consider: nail polish, chap-stick, lipstick, facial lotions, soap, hand sanitizer or any other product that may come into contact with your mouth or food.
Prescriptions and Vitamins:
Some medicines and vitamins contain gluten. Always check the labels on vitamins. There are quite a few gluten-free ones on the market now. When your Dr. writes you a prescription, make sure to ask the pharmacist if it’s gluten-free. Check over the counter medicines by calling the manufacturer or asking the pharmacist.
School supplies is one of the most over looked items that contain gluten, an important factor if you have small children with a gluten intolerance.
Playdoh and most other modeling dough’s and clays, contain wheat, which contains gluten. Small kids sometimes eat/taste this which may end up making the child sick. Not only could they eat it, but it gets gluten all over the table (or whatever surface you are playing with it on), then a child may eat a snack off that table and cross contamination occurs.
Finger paints, and other paints also contain hidden gluten. Again the same concerns especially with small children.
Crayons, glue sticks, glue and other supplies may contain gluten. Always check with the manufacturer, especially if you think your child may eat these items…we had a crayon eater for about a year, it took him a while to stop eating the crayons, thankfully they were gluten-free.