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    Are Mono- and Diglycerides Gluten-Free?

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    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      Yes, mono- or diglycerides are gluten free and safe for people with celiac disease.

    Image: CC BY 2.0--UC Davis College of Engineering
    Caption: Image: CC BY 2.0--UC Davis College of Engineering

    Celiac.com 08/14/2020 - Monoglycerides and diglycerides do not contain wheat, rye, barley. They are gluten free and safe for people with celiac disease. Monglycerides and diglycerides appear on a number of gluten-free lists, including Celiac.com's Safe Gluten-Free Foods List.

    Some mono- and diglycerides are made with wheat. FDA labeling laws require any mono- or diglycerides made with wheat to disclose that fact on the label, so check the allergen listings, to be sure.

    Foods Containing Mono- and Diglycerides

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    Mono- and diglycerides are processed fats that help improve the consistency and quality of processed and packaged foods.  Mono and Diglycerides are often used as emulsifiers in baked goods, soft drinks, candy, gum, whipped cream, ice cream, margarine and shortening. 

    Mono and Diglycerides May Contain Trans Fats

    Some mono- and diglycerides are made in labs, while others come from animal or vegetable sources. All are exposed to heat for processing into packaged and prepared foods. Because of this, and because they are made from partly fatty acids, mono- and diglycerides may contain trans fats, which have been linked to an increased risk of numerous diseases, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.


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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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