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

    Scott Adams
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      Yes, maple syrup is gluten-free, and safe for people with celiac disease, here's the rundown.

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    01/01/2021 - It's winter, and that means maple syrup season is just finishing up in the maple growing regions of North America. That also means we get more than a few questions about maple syrup. Specifically, is maple syrup gluten-free, and safe for people with celiac disease? Yes, pure, natural maple syrup is naturally gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease.

    Maple syrup comes in several grades: 

    Grade A - Golden Color and Delicate Taste
    This is the lightest of the new maple syrup grades and highly recommended for drizzling over waffles, pancakes, or ice cream.

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    Grade A - Amber Color and Rich Flavor
    This grade of maple syrup is a little more flavorful and works well when cooking and baking.

    Grade A - Dark Color and Robust Flavor
    This grade of maple syrup is even stronger in flavor and is best used for recipes that require a heavy maple flavor.

    Grade A - Very Dark and Strong Flavor
    This grade of maple syrup is very strong, and probably best used as a substitute for molasses and for making maple flavored candies.

    All grades of maple syrup are naturally gluten-free. The only issue that might arise is any added gluten, which would be highly unlikely for syrup. However, as always, read labels. Avoid anything with unsafe added wheat or gluten ingredients.

    Also, make sure you're putting your naturally gluten-free syrup on pancakes, waffles or French toast that is also gluten-free. Here's a list of top gluten-free sandwich breads.

    Edited by Scott Adams


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  • About Me

    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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