is rice gluten-free?

Yes, all rice (in its natural form) is gluten-free. This includes brown rice, white rice, wild rice and rice flour.

Even Asian or sticky rice, also called “glutinous rice,” is gluten-free, despite its name.

In this case, the “glutinous” term refers to the sticky nature of the rice and not the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Rice is one of the most popular gluten-free grains for people with celiac disease. Many gluten-free packaged goods are made with rice flour instead of wheat flour.

There are some instances where rice may not be gluten-free. In addition to cross-contact (outlined below), rice can be made or sold with various spices and sauces that could contain gluten. 

Some names may be misleading as well. For example, rice pilaf may sound like it is gluten-free, however, it is typically made with orzo, which is not gluten-free. 

Always double check ingredient labels to be sure that what you are eating is truly gluten-free. 

When in doubt, avoid to product or contact the manufacturer to get more information.


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Rice and Cross-Contact: Even though rice is naturally gluten-free, it can come into contact with wheat, barley and rye during the growing, harvesting and manufacturing process. 

Whenever possible, be sure to buy rice that is labeled or certified gluten-free. 

Avoid buying rice from bulk bins at the grocery store. Cross-contact can easily occur in the bulk bins if other shoppers use the same scoop for both gluten-free and gluten-containing grains.

If you’re eating rice in a restaurant, make sure there are no added ingredients that would make the rice no longer gluten-free.

Check and see if the rice can be made in its own clean pan so cross-contact doesn’t happen while cooking.

Why does rice say gluten-free?

Rice itself is gluten free unless it's been cross-contaminated during processing,

but the ingredients in rice pilaf vary a lot and often contain things like couscous or vermicelli, which are both gluten-containing pastas.


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