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    Yes, the Impossible Burger is Gluten-Free. Hooray!

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    The great news for people with celiac disease is that the Impossible Burger is certified gluten-free. FDA-approved, and free of artificial and other questionable ingredients. Coconut, soy, or sunflower, are the only allergens.

    Yes, the Impossible Burger is Gluten-Free. Hooray! - Image: CC BY 2.0--Tony Webster
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    10/02/2019 - The Impossible Burger is a gluten-free veggie burger made from potato and soy protein. What sets the Impossible Burger from other veggie burgers is that it is made from a plant version of heme, a shorter name for leghemoglobin.

    Heme is an iron-containing molecule found in blood, and it's part of what makes meat taste meaty. However, the plant-based heme that helps give the Impossible Burger patty its beefy taste comes from the roots of a soy plant, instead of animal blood. 

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    According to many reviewers, when cooked, the Impossible Burger can deliver what meat-lovers are looking for in a vegetarian burger patty -- the big beef flavor, the slightly pink center, the charred outer crust, and the juiciness. 

    The Impossible Burger patty is crafted from potato and soy protein, methylcellulose as a binder, flavoring from plant based leghemoglobin, and fat from sunflower and coconut oils to help the patty sizzle on the grill, and deliver the charred crust.

    The great news for people with celiac disease is that the Impossible Burger is certified gluten-free. FDA-approved, and free of artificial and other questionable ingredients. Coconut, soy, or sunflower, are the only allergens.

    Learn more at ImpossibleFoods.com

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    I like eating meat and wanted to try this burger in a restaurant just because. I was very impressed. With all the condiments, I am not sure I would be able to tell the difference between meat and the impossible and I tried that patty by itself and it was also very good. 

    My kids also like beef burgers and I grilled just to try out a different brand, the beyond burger and it absolutely got my kids' approval. I would not be surprised if these two and maybe others will take a "big bite" out of the traditional meat burgers, so the fact that they are gluten-freee is awesome news.

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    As we Celiacs have learned, we should err on the side of caution when making food choices. The Impossible Burger does contain one talked-about questionable ingredient, soy leghemoglobin (SLH).  It is a GMO ingredient and its safety is not yet proven, largely because it is a completely new ingredient to the human food supply.  There is much discussion of this on the Internet.

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    This burger is available to restaurants and they can put it on whatever bun they want. I am not gluten free but my kids are. I must admit that I ordered it a restaurant that is very "gluten-free-aware" but I had it on a regular wheat bun because I wanted to do my own experiment how it compares to a regular beef burger and it was really very good. I might sound like a rep of the company but I am not at all. My kids and I just really liked this one and the beyond burger.  I did not find the impossible in grocery stores but we buy the beyond and while it tastes differently both of them taste much closer to meat than other veggie burgers that I tried in the past (if the goal is to have a meat burger taste without the meat, which is not always the case).

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    Check out the sodium content, before deciding that this is a "healthy" food choice.

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    1 hour ago, psawyer said:

    Check out the sodium content, before deciding that this is a "healthy" food choice.

    Keeping a gluten-free diet is not easy and sometimes we will eat too much sodium, saturated fats, carbohydrates, nitrates or whatever else there is and if it is in moderation we can say sometimes "Yes" just because we enjoy it, instead of always "No".

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    Although no safety issues might have been found yet with the ingredient soy leghemoglobin and it is FDA-approved, it will take awhile for it to become clear whether or not it affects humans adversely.  A good example is the digestive problems found to be caused by Olestra (a fat substitute) even though it had been FDA-approved.  It’s good for Celiacs to be aware of such things, because our digestion is already compromised.

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    On 10/8/2019 at 8:28 AM, Theresa2407 said:

    It may be gluten free, but it does not mention what type of bun it is placed on. So those thinking it is safe, may be at risk if the bun isn't gluten free.

    You're not going to eat the bun in the picture. Of course you'll want a gluten-free bun, and a reliable gluten-free kitchen, if you have celiac disease. The point of the article is just that the Impossible Burger is, in fact, gluten-free. You can make it at home, if you don't trust restaurants. 


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