Does rice have gluten?
Is Rice Gluten Free Or Does Rice Have Gluten
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** Is rice gluten-free? **
By Jane Anderson, About.com Guide
Updated February 21, 2012
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*Question: *Is rice gluten-free?
In most cases, yes: rice is gluten-free.
Plain rice regardless of whether it's whole-grain brown rice, polished
white rice, long-grained basmati rice or even exotic black rice is
always considered gluten-free.
So is the form of rice called /glutinous/ rice, also known as sticky rice
or sweet rice. Despite the name, it doesn't contain the form of gluten
that's dangerous to those of us with celiac disease or gluten intolerance;
the term "glutinous" simply refers to the fact that glutinous rice gets
glue-like, or sticky, when cooked.
Wild rice blends also should be safe, but always double-check in one
restaurant, the chef warned me that the wild rice blend he used contained
In addition, if you're sensitive to vinegar derived from gluten grains (as
I am), you should watch out for the rice used in Japanese restaurants to
prepare sushi it almost always contains a grain-based vinegar. I was
glutened very badly by grain vinegar used in sushi rice at a Japanese
restaurant, and now know to avoid the rice or to ask the restaurant for
plain rice instead.
Prepared rice mixes, on the other hand, often contain gluten in the
ingredients, potentially in the form of wheat (used as a thickener or in
soy sauce). Sometimes gluten also appears in
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