Now that we know what gluten is, can our everyday products be affecting our gluten-free lives?

What is gluten doing in our products? According to News, “Gluten in our makeup and toiletries is used as a binder to help ingredients stick together and to add moisture to products through gluten-derived oils.”

Some everyday products that can contain gluten:

• Lipstick
• Lip gloss
• Mascara
• Eye Liner
• Eye Shadow
• Toothpaste
• Mouthwash
• Sunscreen
• Lotion
• Medications and Vitamin Supplements
• Gel Capsules

The products that are applied in or around the mouth and eyes can increase the risk of symptoms and flare-ups. Those with celiac disease may also have a reaction to lotions and moisturizers that contain gluten.

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Many researchers have debated if the amount of gluten in products is too small to trigger real problems. Those enjoying a gluten-free diet should not be affected by the gluten in their everyday products. However, those who are constantly seeing symptoms and flare-ups should consider switching to gluten-free products.

If you do decide to make the switch, make sure the products you are interested in say gluten-free. Also, remember even if a product says “wheat-free” does not mean it is “gluten-free.” Avoid the products with ingredients that contain wheat, barley, malt, rye, oat, triticum vulgare, hordeum vulgare, secale cereale and avena sativa.