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Is corn flour gluten free?

Is corn flour gluten free?


Is corn flour gluten free?

Indeed corn flour is gluten free, corn in its natural state is 100% gluten free. Even so, be safe and always be on the lookout for gluten in corn that comes in a sauce or with any other ingredients, as they may contain the protein.

There are other variations of corn that can be eaten on a gluten-free diet. Along with plain corn, people with coeliac disease commonly ask if the follow are gluten-free:

  • Cornstarch
  • Corn flour
  • Hominy
  • Cornmeal

Cornstarch is gluten-free in its natural form. Cornstarch is made by grinding up the starchy (carbohydrate) portion of a corn grain and turning it into a very fine powder. Cornstarch is typically used as a thickener for soups, sauces, gravy and stews. It’s also used in pre-made gluten-free flour blends because it creates a smoother texture.

Corn Flour 
Just like corn starch, corn flour is gluten-free in its natural form. It has a light, finer texture when used in baked goods. Whenever possible, buy corn flour that is labeled gluten-free, as it is possible for cross-contact to occur during the manufacturing process.

Cornmeal is also gluten-free. Cornmeal is a coarse flour made from maize, (i.e. corn). Just like cornflour, it’s important to look for labeled gluten-free cornmeal whenever possible, as cross-contact can easily occur during manufacturing.

Hominy is a product of corn and is gluten-free. Hominy is made from dried corn kernels which are then soaked in a lime bath or lye bath. It’s used in many different products, like tortillas, for example.

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