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Quick Guide to Safe and Unsafe Ingredients

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A

Abyssinan Hard - UNSAFE
Acacia Gum - SAFE
Acesulfame Potassium - SAFE
Acetic Acid - SAFE
Acorn Flour - SAFE
Adipic Acid - SAFE
Adzuki Bean - SAFE
Agar - SAFE
Agave - SAFE
Alcohol - TO BE QUESTIONED
Ale - UNSAFE
Alfalfa - SAFE
Algae - SAFE
Algin - SAFE
Alginate - SAFE
Almond Nut - SAFE
Alum - SAFE
Aluminum - SAFE
Amaranth - SAFE
AMP Isostearoyl - UNSAFE
Annatto - SAFE
Annatto Color - SAFE
Apple Cider Vinegar - SAFE
Arabic Gum - SAFE
Arrowroot - SAFE
Artichokes - SAFE
Artificial Coloring - TO BE QUESTIONED
Artificial Flavoring - TO BE QUESTIONED
Ascorbic Acid - SAFE
Aspartame - SAFE (can cause IBS symptoms)
Aspic - SAFE
Astragalus Gummifer - SAFE
Atta - UNSAFE
 

B

Baking Soda - SAFE
Baking Powder - TO BE QUESTIONED (most are safe, however, some brands may use wheat starch)
Balsamic Vinegar - SAFE
Barley - UNSAFE
Barley Flakes - UNSAFE
Barley Flour - UNSAFE
Barley Grass - UNSAFE
Barley Malt - UNSAFE
Barley Malt Extract - UNSAFE (Unless less than 20ppm)
Barley Malt Flavoring - UNSAFE
Barley Malt Syrup - UNSAFE
Barley Pearl - UNSAFE
Beans - SAFE (adzuki, hyacinth, lentil, mung, romano, chickpea, tepary)
Bean Flour - SAFE
Bean Threads - SAFE
Beer - TO BE QUESTIONED (usually derived from barley)
Benzoic Acid - SAFE
Besan - SAFE
Beta Carotene - SAFE
Betaine - SAFE
BHA - SAFE
BHT - SAFE
Bicarbonate of Soda - TO BE QUESTIONED
Biotin- SAFE
Bleached Flour - UNSAFE
Blue Cheese - TO BE QUESTIONED (traditionally made from wheat bread)
Bouillon Cubes - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain wheat)
Bran - UNSAFE
Bread Flour - UNSAFE
Breading - UNSAFE
Brewer's Yeast - UNSAFE
Broth - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain wheat)
Brown Rice Syrup - TO BE QUESTIONED (frequently made from barley)
Brown Sugar - SAFE
Buckwheat - SAFE
Buckwheat Pasta - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain wheat)
Bulgur Wheat - UNSAFE
Butter - SAFE
Butylated Hydroxyanisole - SAFE
Butyl Compounds - SAFE

 C

Calcium Carbonate - SAFE
Calcium Caseinate - SAFE
Calcium Chloride - SAFE
Calcium Disodium EDTA - SAFE
Calcium Phosphate - SAFE
Camphor - SAFE
Candy - TO BE QUESTIONED (many candies have wheat flour or barley malt as an ingredient)
Canola Oil - SAFE
Caprylic Acic - SAFE
Carageenan - SAFE
Carageenan Chondrus Crispus - SAFE
Caramel Color - TO BE QUESTIONED
Caranuba Wax - SAFE
Carboxymethylcellulose - SAFE
Carob - TO BE QUESTIONED (usually contains barley)
Carob Bean - SAFE
Carob Bean Gum - SAFE
Carob Flour - SAFE
Carotene - SAFE
Casein - SAFE
Cassava Manihot Esculenta - SAFE
Castor Oil - SAFE
Cellulose - To BE QUESTIONED
Cellulose Gum - SAFE
Cereal Binding - UNSAFE
Cetyl Alcohol - SAFE
Chapatti - UNSAFE
Chestnut Flour - SAFE
Chicken Broth -TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain wheat)
Chickpea - SAFE
Chickpea Flour - SAFE
Chilton - UNSAFE
Chips - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain gluten)
Chocolate - TO BE QUESTIONED (some chocolates use malt as a flavoring or wheat as an ingredient)
Cholam - SAFE
Citric Acid - SAFE
Club Wheat - UNSAFE
Coating Mixes - TO BE QUESTIONED
Coloring - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten in the manufacturing process)
Common Wheat - UNSAFE
Communion Wafers - UNSAFE ( but check with priest as GF wafers are available)
Corn - SAFE
Corn Bran - SAFE
Corn Cereal - TO BE QUESTIONED (can be flavored with barley malt)
Corn Flour - SAFE
Cornmeal - SAFE
Cornstarch - SAFE
Corn Syrup - SAFE
Cottonseed Oil - SAFE
Couscous - UNSAFE
Cowpea - SAFE
Cowitch - SAFE
Cream of Tartar - SAFE
Curry - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain wheat or wheat starch)

 D

Dasheen - SAFE
Dates - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe from the tree, however, they are commonly dusted with wheat)
Deli Meats - TO BE QUESTIONED
Demineralized Whey - SAFE
Desamidocollagen - SAFE
Dextrimaltose - UNSAFE
Dextrin - TO BE QUESTIONED (may be derived from wheat)
Dextrose - SAFE
Dinkel - UNSAFE
Dioctyl Sodium - SAFE
Disodium Wheatgermamido Peg-2 Sulfosuccinate - UNSAFE
Distilled Vinegar - SAFE
Dosodium - UNSAFE
Durum Wheat - UNSAFE
Dry Roasted Nuts- TO BE QUESTIONED

 E

Eddo - SAFE
Edible Starch - TO BE QUESTIONED
Eggs - SAFE
Einkorn - UNSAFE
Elastin - SAFE
Emmer - UNSAFE
Ester Gum - SAFE
Ethyl Alcohol - SAFE
Ethyl Malton - SAFE

 F

Farina - UNSAFE
Farina Graham - UNSAFE
Farro - UNSAFE
Filler - TO BE QUESTIONED
Ferrous Gluconate - SAFE
Filler - TO BE QUESTIONED
Flaked Rice - SAFE
Flavoring - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten in processing)
Flavors -TO BE QUESTIONED
Flax - SAFE
Flour - UNSAFE
Folacin - SAFE
Folic Acid - SAFE
Food Starch - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe if made in USA)
Formaldehyde - SAFE
French Fries - TO BE QUESTIONED (may be coated with gluten or fried in oil that is used to also fry gluten-containing products)
Frostings - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain gluten in flavorings)
Fructose - SAFE
Fu - UNSAFE
Fumaric Acid - SAFE

G

Garfava Flour - SAFE
Garbanzo Bean - SAFE
Garbanzo Flour - SAFE
Gelatin - SAFE
Germ - TO BE QUESTIONED
Glucono Delta Lactone - SAFE
Glucose - SAFE
Glucose Syrup - SAFE
Glutamiate - SAFE
Glutaminic Acid - SAFE
Glutamine - SAFE
Gluten Flour - UNSAFE
Glutinous Rice Flour - SAFE (also known as sweet, sticky or sushi rice)
Glycerides - SAFE
Glycerol Monooleate - SAFE
Glycol - SAFE
Glycol Monostearate - SAFE
Glycolic Acid - SAFE
Graham Flour - UNSAFE
Gram Flour - TO BE QUESTIONED
Granary Flour - UNSAFE
Gravy Cubes - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten in manufacturing)
Grits - SAFE
Groats - TO BE QUESTIONED (source of grain may contain gluten)
Ground Spices- TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten as an ingredient or binder)
Guailac Gum - SAFE
Guar Gum - SAFE
Gum Arabic - SAFE

 H

Hard Wheat - UNSAFE
Harina - UNSAFE
Hemp - SAFE
Herbs - SAFE
Hominy Grits - SAFE
Honey - SAFE
Hordeum Vulgare - UNSAFE
Hot Dogs - TO BE QUESTIONED (may have gluten-containing ingredients)
Hyacinth Bean - SAFE
Hydrogen Peroxide - SAFE
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein - SAFE
Hdrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) - TO BE QUESTIONED (need to determine source of protein)
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten - UNSAFE
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein - UNSAFE
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch - UNSAFE

I

Imitation Bacon - UNSAFE
Imitation Crab - UNSAFE
Imitation Fish Products - UNSAFE
Indian Ricegrass - SAFE
Inulin - SAFE
Invert Sugar - SAFE
Iodine- SAFE
Isomalt - SAFE

J

Job's Tears - SAFE
Jowar - SAFE
Jowari - SAFE

K

Kamut - UNSAFE
Karaya Gum - SAFE
Kasha - SAFE
Keritin - SAFE
Kofu - UNSAFE
Kudzu Root Starch - SAFE
Kurkuma - SAFE

L

Lactic Acid - SAFE
Lactose - SAFE
Lager - UNSAFE
Lanolin - SAFE
Lecithin - SAFE
Lentil - SAFE
Licorice - UNSAFE
Lipase - SAFE
Lipids - TO BE QUESTIONED
Locust Bean (Gum) - SAFE

 M

Macha - UNSAFE
Magnesium Carbonate - SAFE
Magnesium Hydroxide - SAFE
Maize - SAFE
Malic Acid - SAFE
Malt - UNSAFE
Malted Milk - UNSAFE
Malt Extract - UNSAFE
Malt Flavoring - UNSAFE
Maltitol - SAFE
Maltitol Syrup - SAFE
Maltodextrin - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe if manufactured in USA or Canada)
Maltol - SAFE
Maltose - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten as an ingredient)
Malt Syrup - UNSAFE
Malt Vinegar - UNSAFE
Manioc - SAFE
Mannitol - SAFE
Marinades - TO BE QUESTIONED (often contain soy sauce which contains wheat)
Masa Flour - SAFE
Masa Harina - SAFE
Matzoh, Matzo, Matzah, Matza - UNSAFE
Matzoh Semolina - UNSAFE
Meat - SAFE (if 100%)
Mesquite Flour - SAFE
Methyl Cellulose - SAFE
Microcrystallin Cellulose - SAFE
Milk - SAFE (without flavorings)
Millet - SAFE
Milo - SAFE
Mineral Oil - SAFE
Mineral Salts - SAFE
Mir - UNSAFE
Miso - TO BE QUESTIONED (usually includes wheat or barley)
Modified Food Starch - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe if made in USA or Canada EXCEPT for Modified Wheat Starch)
Modified Wheat Starch - UNSAFE
Molasses - SAFE
Mono-and Diglycerides - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe if made in USA or Canada)
Monopotassium Phosphate - SAFE
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) - TO BE QUESTIONED
Montina - SAFE
Montina Flour - SAFE
Mung Bean - SAFE
Musk - SAFE
Mustard Powder - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten as an ingredient or in manufacturing)

N

Natural Flavoring - TO BE QUESTIONED (source could contain gluten)
Niacin-Niacinamide - SAFE
Non-Dairy Beverages - TO BE QUESTIONED
Nut Flour - SAFE
Nuts, Flavored or Seasoned - TO BE QUESTIONED (flavorings or seasonings may contain gluten)
Nuts, Plain - SAFE

O

Oats - TO BE QUESTIONED
Oat Bran - TO BE QUESTIONED
Oat Flour - TO BE QUESTIONED
Oatmeal - TO BE QUESTIONED
Oils / Fats - SAFE
Oleyl Alcohol (oil) - SAFE
Oriental Wheat - UNSAFE
Orzo - UNSAFE

 P

Papain - SAFE
Paraffin - SAFE
Pasta - TO BE QUESTIONED
Pea - SAFE
Pea Flour - SAFE
Pearl Barley - UNSAFE
Pectin - SAFE
Pepsin - SAFE
Persian Wheat - UNSAFE
Peru Balsam - SAFE
Petrolatum - SAFE
Phenylalanine - SAFE
Phenyethylene Glycol - SAFE
Pigeon Peas - SAFE
Pinole Flour - SAFE
Polenta - SAFE
Polish Wheat - UNSAFE
Polyglycerol - SAFE
Polysorbates - SAFE
Potassium Citrate - SAFE
Potassium Iodide - SAFE
Potassium Sorbate - SAFE
Potato - SAFE
Potato Flour - SAFE
Potato Starch - SAFE
Poulard Wheat - UNSAFE
Prinus - SAFE
Pristane - SAFE
Propionic Acid - SAFE
Propolis - SAFE
Propylene Glycol - SAFE
Propylene Glycol Monostearate - SAFE
Propyl Gallate - SAFE
Psyllium - SAFE
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride - SAFE

Q

Quinoa - SAFE
Quinoa Flour - SAFE

R

Ragi - SAFE
Rape - SAFE
Rennet - SAFE
Reticulin - SAFE
Retinol - SAFE
Rice Bran - SAFE
Rice, Brown - SAFE
Rice Cereal - TO BE QUESTIONED (can be flavored with barley malt)
Rice Flour - SAFE
Rice, Glutinous - SAFE
Rice Malt - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain barley or koji)
Rice Pablum - TO BE QUESTIONED
Rice, Sweet - SAFE
Rice Syrup - TO BE QUESTIONED (may be made with barley malt enzymes)
Rice Vinegar - SAFE
Rice, White - SAFE
Romano Bean - SAFE
Rosin - SAFE
Roux - UNSAFE
Royal Jelly - SAFE
Rye - UNSAFE
Rye Bread - UNSAFE
Rye Flour - UNSAFE

S

Saccharin - SAFE
Sago Flour - SAFE
Sago Palm - SAFE
Saifun - SAFE
Sauces - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain gluten ingredients)
Sausages - TO BE QUESTIONED (may have gluten-containing ingredients or flavorings)
Seasonings - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain wheat or barley)
Seaweed - SAFE
Seed - SAFE (except wheat, rye, barley & oats)
Seed, Sesame - SAFE
Seed, Sunflower - SAFE
Seitan - UNSAFE
Self-Basting Poultry - TO BE QUESTIONED
Semolina - UNSAFE
Semolina Triticum - UNSAFE
Shot Wheat - UNSAFE
Shoyu - TO BE QUESTIONED (can be made from wheat)
Silanetroil - UNSAFE
Silicon Dioxide - SAFE
Smoke Flavoring - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten-containing ingredients)
Soba Flour - TO BE QUESTIONED (usually made from buckwheat but may also contain wheat as an ingredient)
Soba Noodles - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten as an ingredient)
Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate - SAFE
Sodium Alginate - SAFE
Sodium Ascorbate - SAFE
Sodium Benzoate - SAFE
Sodium Caseinate - SAFE
Sodium Citrate - SAFE
Sodium Erythrobate- SAFE
Sodium Hexametaphospate - SAFE
Sodium Laurel Sulfate - SAFE
Sodium Metabuisulphite - SAFE
Sodium Nitrate - SAFE
Sodium Phosphate - SAFE
Sodium Silacoaluminate - SAFE
Sodium Stannate - SAFE
Sodium Sulphite - SAFE
Sorbate - SAFE
Sorbic Acid - SAFE
Sorbital - Manitol - SAFE (but may cause IBS symptoms)
Sorghum - SAFE
Sorghum Flour - SAFE
Soups - TO BE QUESTIONED (ingredients or thickeners may contain gluten)
Soy - SAFE
Soy Bean - SAFE
Soy Flour - SAFE
Soy Lecithin - SAFE
Soy Milk - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain barley)
Soy Pablum - TO BE QUESTIONED
Soy Sauce - TO BE QUESTIONED (can be made from wheat)
Spelt - UNSAFE
Sphingolipids - SAFE
Spices - TO BE QUESTIONED (if combined or a mixture- usually safe if pure)
Sprouted Wheat or Barley - UNSAFE
Stabilizers - TO BE QUESTIONED (could be from a gluten source)
Starch - TO BE QUESTIONED (made from corn in USA but could be derived from gluten elsewhere)
Starch (in food) - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe if made in USA or Canada EXCEPT for wheat starch)
Starch (in pharmaceuticals) - TO BE QUESTIONED (could be from a gluten source)
Stearamide - SAFE
Stearamine - SAFE
Stearates - SAFE
Stearic Acid - SAFE
Stevia - SAFE
Stock Cubes - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten-containing ingredients)
Stuffing Thickeners - UNSAFE
Succotash - SAFE
Sucralose - SAFE
Sucrose - SAFE
Sulfer Dioxide - SAFE
Sulfites - SAFE
Sulfosuccinate - SAFE
Sunflower Seed - SAFE
Surimi - UNSAFE
Sweet Chestnut Flour - SAFE

 T

Tabbouleh, Tabouli - UNSAFE
Taco Seasoning - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain wheat)
Tallow - SAFE
Tapioca - SAFE
Tapioca Flour - SAFE
Taro Root - SAFE
Tartaric Acid - SAFE
Tartrazine - SAFE
TBHQ - SAFE
Tea - TO BE QUESTIONED (could have gluten in flavoring, such as barley malt)
Tea Tree Oil - SAFE
Teff - SAFE
Teff Flour - SAFE
Tempeh - TO BE QUESTIONED (often flavored with soy sauce)
Tepary Bean - SAFE
Teriyaki Sauce - TO BE QUESTIONED (may have wheat ingredients)
Tetra - SAFE
Textured Plant Protein (TPP) - TO BE QUESTIONED (must determine source of protein)
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) - TO BE QUESTIONED (must determine source of protein)
Thiamine Hydrochloride - SAFE
Timopheevi Wheat - UNSAFE
Titanium Dioxide - SAFE
Tofu, Flavored or Seasoned - TO BE QUESTIONED (flavorings or seasonings may contain gluten)
Tofu, Plain - SAFE
Tolu Balsam - SAFE
Tragacanth - SAFE
Tragacanth Gum- SAFE
Tri-Calcium Phosphate - SAFE
Trinticale Wheat - UNSAFE
Triticum Aestivum - UNSAFE
Triticum Boeotictim - UNSAFE
Triticum Carthlicum - UNSAFE
Triticum Dicoccoides - UNSAFE
Triticum Dicoccon - UNSAFE
Triticum Duram - UNSAFE
Triticum Monococcum - UNSAFE
Triticum Polonicum - UNSAFE
Triticum Turgidum - UNSAFE
Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract or Oil - UNSAFE
Turmeric - SAFE
Tyrosine - SAFE

 U

Udon - UNSAFE
Unbleached Flour - UNSAFE
Urad-Urid Flour - SAFE

V

Vanilla Extract - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe if made in USA or Canada)
Vanilla Flavoring - TO BE QUESTIONED (safe if made in USA or Canada)
Vanillin - SAFE
Vavilovi Wheat - UNSAFE
Vegetables - SAFE (but to be questioned in sauces or preserved in liquids)
Vegetable Starch - TO BE QUESTIONED (source must be determined)
Vinegar - TO BE QUESTIONED (most are safe EXCEPT malt)
Vitamin A - SAFE
Vitamins - TO BE QUESTIONED (may use gluten-containing ingredients)

 W

Waxy Maize - SAFE
Wheat - UNSAFE
Wheat, Abyssinan Hard - UNSAFE
Wheat, Amino Acids - UNSAFE
Wheat, Bran Extract - UNSAFE
Wheat, Bulgur - UNSAFE
Wheat, Germ - UNSAFE
Wheat, Germ Extract - UNSAFE
Wheat, Germ Glycerides - UNSAFE
Wheat, Germ Oil - UNSAFE
Wheat Grass - UNSAFE
Wheat Noodles - UNSAFE
Wheat Nuts - UNSAFE
Wheat Protein - UNSAFE
Wheat Starch - TO BE QUESTIONED (most considered safe in USA or Canada)
Wheat, triticum aestivum - UNSAFE
Wheat, triticum durum - UNSAFE
Wheat, triticum monococcum - UNSAFE
Wheat, triticum volgare Bran Extract - UNSAFE
Whey - SAFE
White Sugar - SAFE
White Vinegar - SAFE
Wholemeal Flour - UNSAFE
Whole Wheat Flour- UNSAFE
Wild Einkorn - UNSAFE
Wild Emmer - UNSAFE
Wild Rice - SAFE
Wine - SAFE
Wine Vinegar - SAFE
Worcestershire Sauce - TO BE QUESTIONED

X

Xanthan Gum - SAFE
Xylitol - SAFE

Y


Yam Flour - SAFE
Yeast - TO BE QUESTIONED
Yogurt - TO BE QUESTIONED (may contain gluten in ingredients)
Yucca - SAFE

 

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