Have you ever had patches of dry skin (dermatitis), red patches after getting out of the shower, coughs or respiratory issues such as asthma? Have you tried to cut out wheat but still have the dry skin or a poorly tum? Don’t worry we have been there too…
As you know I was diagnosed with Coeliac at the tender age of 18 months and the obvious thing to do, to live a life Gluten Free, is to stop eating cakes, pasta and bread right? Yes, I thought that too. I wanted to share where those pesky wheat proteins are hiding - peekaboo - I will find you, Wheat! In my journey of discovery, I found some really interesting information and although each year food labelling is improving, we are still a long way from being perfect in the UK.
Bread, pasta and cakes – pretty easy to get to grips with these foods containing wheat and gluten. Things get a little trickier with understanding why oats are ok (sometimes) and why it’s a no to couscous but quinoa is a thumbs up. Don’t worry I am with you, it can be baffling, thank god for all products containing wheat/gluten being labelled, right?
Well no as I have recently discovered. You can probably guess my horror when I learnt that makeup, hygiene products, and alcohol are not required to state on the label that they have products derived from wheat or gluten (UK or US). So, I thought I would list out some products below that you may never have guessed contain gluten… and no I am not joking on some of them.!
Now you may be thinking how have I gone all this time without realising that the above products contained Wheat and/or Gluten? I like to think I am a semi-intelligent person (I mean I can work out how to get dressed in the morning and leave the house with a pair of shoes on – even if the socks are mismatched). Well sadly it can be hidden in products as it is often referred to by the following aliases on labels:
I feel a little bit better in my personal intelligence after that list, but that has been replaced by astonishment that all those fancy words above could be affecting my health as a lifelong Coeliac – now there is an excuse for buying all new makeup!
So how can this hidden wheat and grain derivatives affect my health I hear you ask? Well pretty bad if you have Coeliac disease or Gluten Sensitivity (which might I add, a large proportion of the population has without even knowing!)
In a study of 1900 people by Teshima R in 2014, it highlighted that these 1900 individuals were suffering with ‘Wheat Dependent Exercise Induced Asthma (WDEIA)’ after using a soap containing hydrolyzed Wheat protein. In short, they were having asthmatic symptoms from using a soap that contained Wheat – yikes! Another study was conducted whereby asthma symptoms were analyzed in hairdressers exposed to hydrolyzed wheat proteins (hair dye and shampoos etc). We like to be scientific here at Hunter & Gather and provide top-notch studies, so please check out the references at the bottom of this blog for more information. Do also keep an eye on my blog page as I will be posting about why Wheat, Gluten, Grains and Sugars are detrimental to everyone’s health - Not just mine!
Now back to that pesky hidden wheat… Although there are mixed reviews on whether the Gluten protein can affect you in products that are not ingested (that’s eaten to you and me), you should still be cautious. As you search the internet there are countless examples of people having effects from certain shampoo, face creams and makeup who follow a Gluten Free diet due to either Gluten-Sensitivity or Coeliac Disease. So now I have blown your mind, I thought it would only be fair to highlight what you can do to avoid this hidden wheat and associated grain allergens:
Now, I don’t know about you but I am going to sit back with a cup of tea (no hidden wheat and of course sugar-free), buy myself some new makeup and throw out any hidden wheat shampoo! Do let me know if you notice any other pesky hidden wheat, we are in this together J. I’m signing off another day as the Coeliac girl, learning that it is down to ourselves to understand and take responsibility for what is good for our own bodies and well-being. I wonder what else my Gluten Free life will educate me on…
ReferencesTeshima R in 2014 (Food allergen in cosmetics. Yakugaku Zasshi. 2014;134(1):33-8)
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