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Health Library : Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

 

Wheat Allergy Diet

General guidelines for wheat allergy

The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid giving your child the foods or products containing the food to which he or she is allergic. The items that your child is allergic to are called allergens.

A wheat allergy is an abnormal response of the body to the protein found in wheat. Wheat products are found in many foods. In order to avoid foods that contain wheat, it is important to read food labels.

Foods

Allowed

Not allowed

BeveragesCoffee, tea, fruit juices, decaffeinated coffee, carbonated beverages, all milks, cocoaCereal beverages, coffee substitutes

Beverages made from wheat products: beer, ale, root beer

Instant chocolate drink mixes

Breads & cerealsRy-Krisp, rice wafers

Pure corn, rice, arrowroot, barley, potato, or rye bread made without wheat flour or wheat products

Cornmeal, cornstarch, soybean flour, barley flour, oat flour, rice flour, potato starch, arrowroot flour

Oatmeal cream of rice, puffed rice, or other cereals made from pure corn, oats, or rice to which no wheat has been added

Whole wheat, enriched, or white bread, rolls, or bread crumbs

Graham or gluten bread

Donuts, sweet rolls, muffins, French toast, waffles, pancakes, dumplings, bread stuffing, rusk, popovers

Prepared mixes for pancakes, waffles, biscuits, breads, and rolls

Cornbread, potato, or soybean bread unless made without wheat flour or wheat products

Cereals made from farina, wheat, or those with wheat products or malt added

Pretzels, crackers

Semolina, spelt, or triticale

DessertsCustards, Bavarian creams

Oatmeal, arrowroot, rice, or rye cookies made without wheat products

Cornstarch, tapioca, or rice puddings

Water or fruit ices, meringues

Gelatin

Cakes, pastries, commercial frosting, icing, ice cream, sherbet, ice cream cones

Cookies, prepared mixes, or packaged pudding containing wheat flour

Graham crackers, donuts

EggsEggs prepared any way without wheat productsSouffles or creamed eggs made with wheat products
FatsButter, margarine, animal, or vegetable fats and oils, cream

Salad dressings or gravy prepared without wheat flour or products

Any salad dressing  or gravy thickened with wheat flour or products
FruitAll fresh, canned, dried, or frozen fruits and fruit juicesStrained fruits with added cereals
Meat, fish,poultryBaked, broiled, boiled, roasted, or fried: beef, veal, pork, ham, chicken, turkey, lamb, or fish

"All meat" wieners or luncheon meats prepared without wheat flour fillers or wheat products

All breaded or floured meats, meats containing filler, such as meatloaf, frankfurters, sausage, luncheon meats, bologna, or prepared meat patties
Milk & milkproductsMilk, buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, some cottage cheeseMalted milk, milk drinks containing powdered wheat cereal or products

Cottage cheese with modified starch or other wheat containing ingredients

Potatoes & substitutesWhite and sweet potatoes

Rice

Scalloped potatoes

Noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, and other pasta products prepared with wheat or semolina flour

SoupClear bouillon, consomme, or broth

Homemade soups made without wheat products

Cream soups unless made without wheat flour

Soups with noodles, alphabets, dumplings, or spaghetti

Soup thickened with wheat flour

SweetsCorn syrup, honey, jams, jellies, molasses, sugarChocolates, chocolate candy containing malt, candy with cereal extract
VegetablesAll fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables, and vegetable juicesVegetables combined with wheat products

Breaded or floured vegetables

MiscellaneousSalt, chili powder, condiments, flavoring extracts, herbs, nuts, olives, pickles, popcorn, peanut butterMalt products, Worcestershire sauce, gravies thickened with wheat flour

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), meat tenderizers containing MSG, prepared oriental food seasoned with MSG, soy sauce

Information for using wheat substitutes

1-cup wheat flour equals:

  • 1 cup rye meal
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups rye flour
  • 1 cup potato flour
  • 1 1/3 cups rolled oats or oat flour
  • 1/2 cup potato four plus 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 5/8 cup potato starch
  • 5/8 cup rice flour plus 1/3 cup rye flour

How to read a label for a wheat-free diet

Be sure to avoid foods that contain any of the following ingredients:

  • Bran
  • Bread crumbs
  • Bulgur
  • Cereal extract
  • Couscous
  • Cracker meal
  • Durum
  • Einkorn
  • Emmer
  • Enriched flour
  • Farina
  • Gluten
  • Graham flour
  • High gluten flour
  • High protein flour
  • Matzoh, matzoh meal
  • Pasta
  • Seitan
  • Semolina
  • Spelt
  • Sprouted wheat
  • Surimi
  • Vital gluten
  • Wheat bran
  • Wheat germ
  • Wheat gluten
  • Wheat grass
  • Wheat malt
  • Wheat starch
  • Whole wheat berries
  • Whole wheat flour

Other possible sources of wheat or wheat products

Ingredients that may indicate the presence of wheat protein include the following:

  • Gelatinized starch
  • Gum
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Kamut
  • Modified food starch
  • Modified starch
  • Natural flavoring
  • Soy sauce
  • Surimi
  • Vegetable starch

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