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How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: When In Rome??

Post Published: 06 September 2009
Category: How To Kick Your Thyroid's Ass
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This week, I’m out of town and traveling in Pittsburgh for a family wedding (think black tie affair, lots of baklava, and me sleeping in my 5-year-old cousin’s green dinosaur bed).   Traveling is hard for me because my disease requires maintenance.   Leaving my controlled and predictable little world may not be hard for me, but it is very hard on my body.   There are tons of things I need to consider and plan for, which can make flying and visiting stressful and difficult.   I’d like to apply the “when in Rome” mindset, but when your body happens to be so damn sensitive, it becomes nearly impossible to eat and act like the natives and just go with the flow.

Next week I plan on writing about my travel experience — the good, bad, positive, and negative, and also what I’ve learned about my thyroid disease.   But until then, this is equally important: hidden sources of gluten and dairy that you may have never considered.   For me, it ties right into my theme of traveler vs. disease because when a chronically-ill person is in a foreign city, we still need to be acutely attune to what we’re eating and how it affects our health.   Below are lists I’ve compiled for you, straight from their sources.   Some may be things you’ve never considered, and hopefully they’ll all be useful.

Gluten: , Taken from the Celiac.com List of Unsafe Ingredients

  • Abyssinian Hard (Wheat triticum durum)
  • Alcohol (Spirits – Specific Types)
  • Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Atta Flour
  • Barley Grass (can contain seeds)
  • Barley Hordeum vulgare
  • Barley Malt
  • Beer (most contain barley or wheat)
  • Bleached Flour
  • Bran
  • Bread Flour
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Brown Flour
  • Bulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)
  • Bulgur Wheat
  • Cereal Binding
  • Chilton
  • Club Wheat (Triticum aestivum subspecies compactum)
  • Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Cookie Crumbs
  • Cookie Dough
  • Cookie Dough Pieces
  • Couscous
  • Criped Rice
  • Dinkle (Spelt)
  • Disodium Wheatgermamido Peg-2 Sulfosuccinate
  • Durum wheat (Triticum durum)
  • Edible Coatings
  • Edible Films
  • Edible Starch
  • Einkorn (Triticum monococcum)
  • Emmer (Triticum dicoccon)
  • Enriched Bleached Flour
  • Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour
  • Enriched Flour
  • Farina
  • Farina Graham
  • Farro
  • Filler
  • Flour (normally this is wheat)
  • Fu (dried wheat gluten)
  • Germ
  • Graham Flour
  • Granary Flour
  • Groats (barley, wheat)
  • Hard Wheat
  • Heeng
  • Hing
  • Hordeum Vulgare Extract
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
  • Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Kamut (Pasta wheat)
  • Kecap Manis (Soy Sauce)
  • Ketjap Manis (Soy Sauce)
  • Kluski Pasta
  • Maida (Indian wheat flour)
  • Malt
  • Malted Barley Flour
  • Malted Milk
  • Malt Extract
  • Malt Syrup
  • Malt Flavoring
  • Malt Vinegar
  • Macha Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Matza
  • Matzah
  • Matzo
  • Matzo Semolina
  • Meringue
  • Meripro 711
  • Mir
  • Nishasta
  • Oriental Wheat (Triticum turanicum)
  • Orzo Pasta
  • Pasta
  • Pearl Barley
  • Persian Wheat (Triticum carthlicum)
  • Perungayam
  • Poulard Wheat (Triticum turgidum)
  • Polish Wheat (Triticum polonicum)
  • Rice Malt (if barley or Koji are used)
  • Roux
  • Rusk
  • Rye
  • Seitan
  • Semolina
  • Semolina Triticum
  • Shot Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Small Spelt
  • Spirits (Specific Types)
  • Spelt (Triticum spelta)
  • Sprouted Wheat or Barley
  • Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Strong Flour
  • Suet in Packets
  • Tabbouleh
  • Tabouli
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Timopheevi Wheat (Triticum timopheevii)
  • Triticale X triticosecale
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
  • Udon (wheat noodles)
  • Unbleached Flour
  • Vavilovi Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Wheat, Abyssinian Hard triticum durum
  • Wheat amino acids
  • Wheat Bran Extract
  • Wheat, Bulgur
  • Wheat Durum Triticum
  • Wheat Germ Extract
  • Wheat Germ Glycerides
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Wheat Grass (can contain seeds)
  • Wheat Nuts
  • Wheat Protein
  • Wheat Triticum aestivum
  • Wheat Triticum Monococcum
  • Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Bran Extract
  • Whole-Meal Flour
  • Wild Einkorn (Triticum boeotictim)
  • Wild Emmer (Triticum dicoccoides)
  • Artificial Color
  • Baking Powder
  • Caramel Color (sodas, etc.)
  • Caramel Flavoring
  • Clarifying Agents
  • Coloring
  • Dextrins
  • Dextrimaltose
  • Diglycerides
  • Dry Roasted Nuts
  • Emulsifiers
  • enzymes
  • Fat Replacer
  • Flavoring
  • Food Starch
  • Food Starch Modified
  • Glucose Syrup
  • Glycerides
  • Gravy Cubes
  • Ground Spices
  • HPP
  • HVP
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate
  • Hydroxypropylated Starch
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Miso
  • Mixed Tocopherols
  • Modified Food Starch
  • Modified Starch
  • Mono and Diglycerides
  • Monoglycerides
  • Natural Flavoring
  • Natural Flavors
  • Natural Juices
  • Non-dairy Creamer
  • Pregelatinized Starch
  • Protein Hydrolysates
  • Seafood Analogs
  • Seasonings
  • Sirimi
  • Smoke Flavoring
  • Soba Noodles
  • Soy Sauce
  • Soy Sauce Solids
  • Sphingolipids
  • Stabilizers
  • Starch
  • Stock Cubes
  • Suet
  • Tocopherols
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Vegetable Gum
  • Vegetable Protein
  • Vegetable Starch
  • Vitamins
  • Wheat Starch

Dairy: Taken from the Go Dairy Free Hidden Foods List,

  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Baby Formula – Read the labels carefully on this one. Babies can have much more severe allergic reactions to milk than adults.
  • Bakery Goods
  • Baking Mixes (cakes, biscuits, pancakes, etc.).
  • Bath Products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.).
  • Bread Whey is a common preservative in breads. Also, other milk proteins and possibly cheese or butter may be included, depending on the type and brand.
  • Breath Mints Not all, but a few do contain casein related ingredients.
  • Candy Much of the candy world (of the non-chocolate variety) is free game from a dairy free point of view, not from a health perspective of course, but there are a few to watch out for.
  • Canned Tuna Fish Some contain hydrolized caseinate.
  • Caramel  This is a highly suspicious food and ingredient. It may either be made from sugar and water or milk.
  • Cereal – Dry and instant cereals vary significantly in ingredients. Even the same type of cereal may contain milk ingredients in the brand name, but not in the generic version.
  • Chewing Gum
  • Chicken Broth Several brands use milk proteins or solids.
  • Chocolate Milk chocolate is a given, but some semi-sweet and dark chocolate brands have milk ingredients as well.
  • Chocolate Drinks Even the non-milk varieties frequently have some dairy to beef them up.
  • Coffee Whiteners / Creamers
  • Cookies & Crackers Often the most processed foods of them all.
  • Cream Liqueurs These may possess solid milk ingredients or caseinates.
  • Custard / Pudding
  • Drugs / Medications – Lactose is used as the base for more than 20 percent of prescription drugs and about 6 percent of over-the-counter medicines and vitamins.
  • Eggnog
  • Fat Replacers – Some are derived from milk, such as Simplesse, ® & Dairy-Lo, ®.
  • Fondues
  • Fried Foods The breading on fried foods can contain many mysterious substances. Also, cheese is commonly added for flavor and texture.
  • Ghee – This is technically pure butter fat, no proteins or sugars, but some argue that trace amounts may still linger.
  • Goat’s Milk Although slightly different, goat’s milk has proteins similar in structure to cow’s milk proteins, and thus is often an allergen for those with cow’s milk allergy. Also, goat’s milk contains a significant amount of lactose, just a touch less than cow’s milk, and thus not suitable for those with lactose intolerance.
  • Granola & Nutrition Bars,
  • Gravies – Some utilize milk ingredients for flavor and texture.
  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Hot Dogs
  • Imitation Maple and Other Syrups
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Kosher Parve Desserts – Most parve foods are okay, but those with highly sensitive milk allergies may have a problem with the desserts.
  • Lactose Free Milks – These will still be loaded with milk proteins.
  • Lunch Meats & Sausages – Some “meat allergies” are actually dairy allergies in disguise. Lactose and caseinates are common in these foods, as well as ingredient cross-contamination.
  • Margarine – Most are not dairy free, and many are rich in hydrogenated oils.
  • Meal Replacement / Protein Powders & Beverages. Those instant breakfast mixes and muscle beverages may contain powdered milk, or other milk derived ingredients.
  • Peanut Butter – A very few may contain milk solids.
  • Potato Chips Particularly risky among the flavored varieties, although several brands and flavors are dairy free.
  • Salad Dressings
  • Sherbet  This is different from Sorbet (usually dairy free), and usually contains milk/cream.
  • Soup – Obviously the creamy varieties, but even some of the tomato and chicken based soups are not dairy free
  • Soy “Meat Products”  Those veggie hot dogs, sausages, and patties are also guilty of harboring milk proteins. These products are typically safe for the lactose intolerant, but allergy suffers should read the labels carefully.
  • Soy Cheeses,
  • Spice Mixes  Several contain whey powder.
  • Whipped Toppings,

Additional Resources:

Living Gluten-Free For Dummies list of names for wheat

Allergic Girl: a tell-all blog about living and eating (out) with food allergies

Tips for Traveling on A Gluten-Free Diet

Until Next Week,

Love Always,


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3 Responses to “How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: When In Rome??”

  1. fisherwife says:

    So, fruits and veggies are fine. Everything else is for shiz. Here is a good rule of thumb: if it tastes good, spit it out!

  2. Regina says:

    Is sawdust safe?

  3. Bee says:

    it sounds like some of these things are exotic places to live or something you might put in your car, or mix in paint—as for the fueling of my body,maybe not—-
    and Regina- sawdust may be safe ; if it doesn’t have hydrolizedmotorizedfurfuffle stuff in it,but you better read its label

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