Five Foods that Should be Gluten-Free… But Aren’t

Ever since I have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, one thing frustrates me the most. It’s not the stupid comments from people, insensitivity of others, or even the restricted nature of the diet.

No, what irritates me is food that should be gluten-free but isn’t because of a single additive. Here is my list of pet peeve products.

Jane’s Carved Chicken Strips (Unbreaded)

For a while, I was buying these great chicken strips that I used in stir-fries and tacos. These are basically chicken breasts that were pre-sliced and pre-cooked, so you just had to heat them up in a frying pan for a few minutes. I obviously had never checked the ingredients, because when I did read the list, I was shocked to see a wheat-containing glaze in the list and malt vinegar. I have since found a fresh, natural product by Pinto’s to replace it, but it’s much more expensive.

Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, and Fudgesicles

All of these products contain malt extract, which is made from barley. I wonder if these companies are aware of how much of their market they’re excluding because of one ingredient?

McCain’s Hashbrowns (Diced Hashbrowns)

I used to eat these hashbrowns all the time before I was diagnosed, and continued eating afterward.  I happened to look at the ingredient list one day and was shocked at how long it was. Even worse, one of the ingredients was a preservative that could contain wheat flour. Now, I stick to hashbrowns that are just potatoes.


Most varieties of these bad boys contain wheat starch, although two of their new Extreme flavours (Wasabi and Flamin Chili Sauce) are gluten-free. However, all flavours of Lay’s Stax are guaranteed to be gluten-free.

Caesar Salad Dressing

Most Caesar salad dressings contain wheat. I really like the Renee’s line of products, as they offer many salad dressings (including Caesar) that are gluten-free. Click here for a list.


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  1. #1 by CreativeSpillage on November 10, 2011 - 10:09 am

    My most favorite gf treasure are Lays Stax!! I also am dairy free though so I have to stick to the Original flavor as all of the others have milk. Seems so crazy the things that have gluten in them that don’t need to!!

  2. #2 by Max on March 1, 2012 - 10:55 am

    man I eat so much of that chicken … no wonder I get sick !

  3. #3 by TH on February 19, 2016 - 2:44 am

    Most Caesar salad dressings contain wheat? Where? If you’re making a Caesar salad and include the baked bread, then sure, you’ve got wheat. I haven’t been able to find a single Caesar salad dressing yet that contains wheat…most of them actually being advertised as gluten free.

    • #4 by glutenfree4hfx on February 19, 2016 - 8:11 am

      The Kraft one used to as did many no-name ones… But there are definitely more GF options now!

  4. #5 by Candice on June 8, 2016 - 11:44 am

    I don’t see anything on the ingredients list for Jane’s Chicken to indicate that it is not gluten free. Can you link the source for your findings?

  5. #6 by Candice on June 8, 2016 - 11:48 am

    Concerning my earlier reply, are you referring to the ‘Oven Roasted Carved Chicken Breasts’ or the ‘Goodness Carved Chicken Breasts, Club Pack’ which actually says “may contain wheat” in the ingredients”

    • #7 by glutenfree4hfx on June 8, 2016 - 1:00 pm

      This post was created about five years ago, when both wheat and malt were listed as actual ingredients. I believe the Oven Roasted Carved Chicken Breasts now have no gluten-containing ingredients, but I’ve been buying the certified Marc Angelo chicken pieces so I can’t say for sure. 🙂

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