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    Are M&M's Gluten-Free and Safe for Celiacs?

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      Find out which M&M's candies are gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease.

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    Celiac.com 09/16/2020 - M&M's candies do not advertise or label their products as gluten-free. However, with a few exceptions, their candies are gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease.

    In September, 2019, Nima Sensors tested twelve flavors of M&M's, including several flavors that indicated that they may contain wheat. Of the twelve M&M's flavors tested by Nima, only two flavors tested positive for gluten. Those were Pretzel M&M’s, which lists wheat flour as an ingredient, and Crispy M&M's, which had no ingredient warning but do contain barley malt, which isn't gluten-free.

    The following ten other M&M's flavors tested negative for wheat or gluten, including several that warned that they "may contain wheat" (we recommend avoiding ones with this warning): 

    • Milk Chocolate M&M’s
    • Peanut M&M’s
    • Peanut Butter M&M’s
    • Mint Chocolate M&M’s
    • White Chocolate M&M's
    • Coffee Nut M&M's
    • Carmel M&M's
    • Thai Coconut Peanut M&M's
    • Almond M&M's
    • Hazelnut Spread M&M's

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    Several M&M's flavors regularly contain wheat ingredients. However, in the case of Crispy M&M's, the label contained no wheat ingredients, yet Nima detected gluten. That means it's good to be careful, and maybe stick to flavors that are known to be safe, and which have a good track record among celiacs.

    These M&M's are gluten-free by ingredients, and celiacs have been eating them for years without issues (these don't have a "may contain wheat" warning):

    • Milk Chocolate M&M’s
    • Peanut M&M’s
    • Peanut Butter M&M’s
    • Almond M&M's

    Nima published the results of their M&M's tests on their website.

    Check the official M&M's website for more info.

    Remember, ingredients and product formulations can change. Even though Mint Chocolate M&M’s, Coffee Nut M&M's, Carmel M&M's, and Thai Coconut Peanut M&M's tested negative for gluten, some of these flavors may contain wheat. Always read labels carefully. When in doubt, double-check manufacturer websites, or call manufacturers directly. Tp be safe, avoid varieties that have a "may contain wheat" warning.

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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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