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    Is Fonio Gluten-Free and Safe for People with Celiac Disease?

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      What is fonio, and is it gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease?


    Is Fonio Gluten-Free and Safe for People with Celiac Disease?
    Caption: Fonio makes great gluten-free bread. Image: CC BY-ND 2.0--jokkale.communication

    Celiac.com 03/10/2020 - One question we get a lot at celiac.com is: Is fonio gluten free and safe for people with celiac disease? Fonio is a highly nutritious African grain that is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease.

    Our recent article on fonio talks about its origins, and how it is traditionally grown only in the Sahel region of Africa — a narrow belt that runs south of the Sahara and north of the savannah from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.



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    Fonio high in nutrients, and is rich in fiber, protein, amino acids, B vitamins, zinc and magnesium. Fonio has a slightly nutty flavor, produces excellent gluten-free flour, and works well for baking. Fonio can also be eaten alone like couscous or quinoa. 

    Another good thing mentioned in the article is the fact that a new state-of-the-art processing plant in Senegal in West Africa, coupled with a pasteurization and quality control plant in North Dakota will likely raise annual exports of fonio, and help to make this gluten-free grain much more familiar to people with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity.

    So, yes, fonio is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease. 

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.


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