In compliance with the Spanish and European laws, manufacturers must write in the ingredients label if they have added on purpose wheat, barley, rye, oats or any of their derived products. If a product is marked as “Sin Gluten” (gluten-free) it must contain (by law) less than 20mg/kg (ppm) of gluten.
As regards specific gluten-free products, you will frequently see they have also the Controlado por FACE stamp, which guarantees less than 10 mg/kg (ppm) of gluten.
You should read the list of ingredients and AVOID those that contain:
- Trigo / Wheat
- Avena / Oats
- Cebada / Barley
- Centeno / Rye
- Espelta / Spelt
- Triticale / Triticum
Those products that have any of the ingredients of the list below MAY contain gluten:
- Almidones modificados / Modified starchs (E-1404, E-1410, E-1412, E-1413, E-1420, E-1422, E-1440, E-1442, E-1450)
- Almidón / Starches
- Amiláceos / Starchies
- Aromas / Scents (some of them)
- Fécula / Starches
- Fibra / Fiber
- Gofio / Special flour from Canary Islands
- Harina / Flour
- Hidrolizado de proteína / Protein hydrolyzed
- Hidrolizado de proteína vegetal / Vegetal protein hydrolyzed
- Cereales / Cereals
- Condimentos / Condiments
- Espesantes / Thickeners
- Extracto de levadura / Yeast extract
- Malta / Malt
- Jarabe de malta / Malt syrup
- Extracto de malta / Malt extract
- Proteína / Protein
- Proteína vegetal / Vegetal protein
- Sémola / Semolina
Be careful if you read the phrase: “Puede contener trazas de gluten” / It can contain gluten traces.
The following foodstuffs MAY contain gluten:
- Sausages, mayonnaise, cold meat (Cecina, Parma ham and extra quality cooked ham are safe).
- Flavored yogurt or yogurt with fruit pieces (natural yogurt is safe).
- Processed / grated cheese or cheese spread and pâté.
- Meat or fish canned with sauces.
- Some kind of candies or sweets, ice creams, toasted nuts.
- Chocolate and coffee substitutes.
- Food coloring (sometimes in paella) and curry.
Fortunately, our country is very rich in food you CAN safely eat:
- Fresh or dry fruits, vegetables, legumes, raw nuts, rice, corn and other cereals like tapioca, quinoa, millet, sorghum, amaranth and buckwheat.
- All kind of fresh, frozen or canned without sauces meats and also Cecina, Parma ham and extra quality cooked ham.
- All kind of fresh or frozen fishes and seafood (not coated in breadcrumbs) canned without sauce (in oil is ok).
- Eggs, milk and derived of milk like cheese, cream, requesón, cuajada, natural yogurts.
- Salt, oil, vinegar, natural spices (not curry), sugar, honey.
- Wine, cider, cava (Catalan champagne), soft drinks, coffee, natural infusions (tea, chamomile, mint). Infusions with aromas or flavors contain gluten.
You do not need to come to Spain with your suitcase full of gluten-free products (unless you are coming to a very little village). You can find gluten-free food (bread, cereals, cookies...) in:
Supermarkets (big chains of super and hypermarkets all over Spain):
Ahorramas (Madrid and Castilla La Mancha)
bonÀrea (Catalonia, Aragón, Comunidad Valenciana, Madrid and Andorra)
El Corte Inglés
GADIS (Galicia and Castilla y León)
HiperDino (Canary Islands)
HiperUsera (Madrid and Castilla La Mancha)
SANCHEZ ROMERO (Madrid)