Which Grains Have Gluten - Which Grains are Gluten-Free

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** Seven Common Questions about Gluten and Grains **

From Nancy Lapid, former About.com Guide

Updated April 20, 2009

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Below are the most common readers' questions about gluten and grains. Read
the short answers here, and for more information follow the links to the
full answers.

*What is gluten?*
Gluten is a protein in cereal grains. In people with celiac disease, gluten
in wheat, barley and rye triggers an autoimmune response that damages the
small intestine.
Read the full answer to “What is gluten?”

*Which grains contain gluten?*
The gluten in wheat, barley, and rye is not safe for people with celiac
disease. Technically, some form of gluten is found in all grains, so it's
not really correct to refer to other grains as "gluten-free," but that's
what gluten-free customarily means: free of wheat, barley, rye, and their
derivatives.
Read the full answer to “Which grains contain gluten?”

*Which grains are safe for people with celiac disease?*
In addition to corn and rice, gluten-free grains include amaranth, millet,
quinoa, sorghum, and teff.
Read more about which grains (and starches) are safe for people with celiac
disease.

*Is spelt gluten-free?*
Spelt is not gluten-free. It is a species of wheat and is not safe for
people with celiac disease or anyone else


Source: celiacdisease.about.com/od/theglutenfreediet/a/GlutenGrainQs.htm

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