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    Is Popcorn Gluten-Free and Safe for Celiacs?

    Scott Adams
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      Many people wonder if popcorn is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease. Here's the deal.

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    Celiac.com 09/23/2020 - We get more than a few question about popcorn. Specifically, is popcorn gluten-free, and safe for people with celiac disease? The short answer is that, yes, popcorn is gluten-free. Corn is gluten-free. That means that plain popcorn, either air-popped, or cooked in oil, is gluten-free. It's still gluten-free if you add some butter and salt.

    Beware of Gluten in Popcorn Seasonings

    Unless wheat or gluten ingredients are added, popcorn is always gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease. Watch out for seasonings, including any pre-mixed brands. Read labels carefully to avoid wheat or gluten in seasonings you may add to your popcorn.

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    Is Commercial Popcorn Gluten-Free?

    What about commercial popcorn you buy in the store? The same answer applies to commercial popcorn. Plain, or salted popcorn is gluten-free. The only thing that will change that are additives, so beware of additives and seasonings that might contain wheat or gluten ingredients.

    Remember, any wheat or gluten should be declared on the allergen warning.

    As always, please read labels carefully. When in doubt, check manufacturer websites.

    Here's a list of major manufacturers that label their popcorn gluten-free.

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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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