Sheepa Miah
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7 'Accidentally' Gluten-Free Snacks

If you’ve had to change your diet to become gluten-free, you may have noticed the foods that are ‘naturally’ gluten-free (such as dried figs or coconut crisps) and the ones that are ‘made so’ (such as gluten-free pasta and bread).

However, many products are ‘accidentally’ gluten free - so we did some digging to answer some queries and get to the bottom of our own ‘accidentally gluten-free’ list.

What Makes A Product Gluten-Free?

Food items that do not contain protein from grains (and their derivatives) such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, semolina can be thought of as gluten-free. In the USA, UK and EU products which have less than 20 parts per million of gluten can be officially labelled as gluten-free.

1) Are Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Gluten-Free?

In a nutshell, yes they are, although the mini versions and some seasonal Butter Cups may not be. Reese’s have a very comprehensive list of their gluten-free products on their website.

2) Are Potato Crisps Gluten Free?

Up until relatively recently, many crisps used a wheat-based ‘carrier’ for the flavourings. These days, however, many crisp brands use gluten-free alternatives - but always check the packets! Slightly confusingly, some crisp flavours contain malt vinegar extracts which are gluten-free, but not wheat free.

3) Are Snickers Bars Gluten Free?

Luckily for chocoholics who love their nuts, they are. No wheat or gluten at all - just lots of sugar and peanuts.

4) What about Toblerone?

The triangular treat is gluten-free, in every variety too - whether that be in the UK or North America.

5) Does Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Contain Gluten?

As long as it’s not of the cookie dough variety it should be good-to-go for gluten-free folk. Always check the packaging though.

6) Cheetos? Are They Gluten-Free?

Yep, it’s safe to munch as many Cheetos as you like.

7) M&Ms?

Pretty much all the varieties of this favourite are gluten-free although some, such as Pretzel M&Ms will not be.

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