Wheat allergy is one of the 8 most common food allergies. It is especially prevalent among children, but is often outgrown by adulthood.
According to The Mayo Clinic, “Wheat can be found in many foods, including some you might never suspect… Wheat allergy may sometimes be confused with celiac disease, but these conditions are different. A wheat allergy generates an allergy-causing antibody to proteins found in wheat. But, one particular protein in wheat — gluten — causes an abnormal immune system reaction in the small intestines of people with celiac disease.”
As with any food allergy, it is important to read labels, every time a product is purchased, and if an unfamiliar ingredient is listed, it is best to avoid that product until the ingredient can be deemed safe. Below is a list of common wheat-containing products, as well as wheat by-products and derivatives.
Wheat-containing products, by-products and derivatives:
Baked goods and baking mixes
Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, tamari sauce, etc
Flour, including but not limited to white, enriched and whole wheat
High protein flour
Host bread such as altar bread, communion, wafers, etc
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Meats with fillers or binders such as deli meats, hot dogs, imitation crab/ lobster meat, etc
Pudding and pudding mixes
Sauces and chutneys
Snack foods such as chips, cookies, crackers, pretzels, etc
Starch, such as gelatinized starch, modified starch, modified food starch, wheat starch, etc
Some modeling compounds, such as PLAY‐DOH©, also contain wheat.
Food allergy vs. food sensitivity
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MayoClinic.com: Wheat allergy
HealthCanada.ca: Food Allergies
Allergy Free Cooking for Kids
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