What are the alternative names for wheat?

Wheat masquerades under many alternative names in foods, drinks and beauty products. The list below is not exhaustive, but will give you an idea of all the various words you need to avoid when buying, eating, drinking or using items.

Names that you need to look out for:

  • Abyssinian hard
  • Atta
  • Binder or binding
  • Bran
  • Bulgur
  • Cake flour
  • Cereal
  • Cereal binders/binding
  • Cereal protein
  • Couscous
  • Dinkel
  • Durum
  • Edible starch
  • Einkhorm
  • Emmer
  • Enriched flour
  • Farina
  • Farro/Farro
  • Filler
  • Flour
  • Food starch
  • Frumento
  • Fu
  • Graham flour
  • Groats
  • Gum base
  • Hydrolysed wheat protein
  • Kamut
  • Maida
  • Manna
  • Matzo/Matzoh/Matzah
  • Modified food starch
  • Modified starch
  • Rusk
  • Seitan
  • Semolina
  • Sooji/Suji
  • Special edible starch
  • Spelt
  • Starch
  • Thickener or thickening
  • Triticale
  • Triticum
  • Wheat
  • ... and finally, anything with the word 'wheat' in it (except buckwheat which is a member of the rhubarb family)

If we've missed anything out please let us know. We also have a blog called Wheat by any other name.

Last updated: 01/15/2014