Anyone who follows a gluten free (GF) diet understands how hard it is to track down all the hidden sources of gluten. It sneaks into foods in crazy ways and it certainly keeps us on our toes.
While recipe testing, we encountered a hidden source of gluten that took us both by surprise - sunflower kernels! No, no, not the kind in the shell that you can happily munch on at sporting events; but the kind that comes shelled, roasted and salted.
The Planter's brand of sunflower kernels does contain gluten - to the company's credit, it is labeled very clearly on the package. However, this got me thinking about all the times I eat sunflower seeds and do not get to see the package. Salad bars, salads, trail mixes, etc all have potential for gluten from this one source. Of course, not all sunflower kernels contain gluten but it only reinforces how carefully we have to read all labels and avoid foods when we are unsure.