EXTENSION CONNECTION: How to determine what is or isn't gluten free

Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Gluten has been a popular food topic lately. However, what about those food labels touting “gluten-free” ingredients? Are they accurate?

When you see a package of carrots labeled “gluten-free,” are they really gluten-free?

Yes, by nature carrots have always been gluten-free!

Is it necessary to say this about carrots?

No, the company just voluntarily uses this label. Unless you have gluten diet restrictions, it does not mean you are making a healthier food choice. 

But in order to understand the issue, let’s start with a definition.

Gluten is a protein composite in many grains and grain-based foods; it can even be in medications, cosmetics and supplements. 



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