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Are Distilled Vinegars Made from Wheat Safe?

White vinegar or just plain vinegar are typically distilled, and, if so, are gluten-free. Distilled vinegar can be distilled from wheat, corn, potatoes, beets, wood, apples and many other things. Most in the USA are not made from wheat, but are instead made from corn, potatoes or wood, which are all safe (Heinz white vinegar is distilled from corn). Distilled vinegars that are made from wheat are probably gluten-free because of the distillation process described in Frederik Willem Janssens article on this site.

Distilled vinegar made from wood are gluten-free. Wood-based vinegar is often the vinegar used in processed foods.

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Flavored vinegars are made with white, distilled vinegar, and flavorings are then added. Some of these may also not be gluten-free (the cheapest vinegars are used since the flavors are masked by the herbs and flavoring).

Malted vinegars are usually not gluten-free.

Red and white wine and balsamic vinegars are gluten-free. welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).

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Dianna Beegle
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06 Dec 2007 8:09:55 AM PDT
Thank you for clearing up question. Printed and will keep.

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12 Feb 2008 11:21:48 AM PDT
I had heard all vinegar may have wheat. Thank you for this information.

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28 Jun 2008 10:25:59 AM PDT
Thank you for clarifying whether certain vinegars are safe (gluten-free) and why.

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21 Apr 2010 11:54:58 AM PDT
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for all of us to use!!

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24 Apr 2010 1:16:34 PM PDT
Thanks. I was wondering if ricotta cheese made with distilled vinegar was gluten-free and this cleared up the question.

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02 Oct 2010 12:15:07 PM PDT
Whenever I have a question, I know I can find the answer on the website. Thank you for all your time in creating this website.

Jean Vancil
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09 Oct 2010 10:53:49 AM PDT
Celiac can be so confusing, thank you for adding to my diet possibilities.

Terry Kott
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09 Sep 2011 2:14:07 PM PDT
Thank you for helping a person who is very sensitive to gluten. Even if products are labeled "gluten free", I still will not buy them if the building or equipment used to process them has processed gluten-containing products.

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05 Nov 2011 1:25:16 PM PDT
Same here, had reaction too many times with such labeled foods.

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17 Jan 2012 6:27:32 AM PDT
I have had reaction to products that simply said vinegar, but did not notice any effect when a product said distilled vinegar like with Heinz ketchup.

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02 Apr 2013 8:10:55 PM PDT
Unless it describes the type of vinegar, assume it is not from corn. Not giving information is not a description. If the manufacturer does not know where it came from, don't eat it and tell the company why!

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23 Aug 2013 4:47:56 PM PDT
Unfortunately, corn is GMO and now contaminating vinegar. GMOs are contributing to stomach problems.

JP Axelsson

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12 Mar 2014 6:00:11 AM PDT
I found this written by Jane Anderson "Vinegar — yes, even vinegar from gluten grains — tests well below the less than 20 parts per million gluten threshold that is considered "gluten-free" in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. So those who say vinegar is gluten-free are correct ... it qualifies for that distinction based on testing results.

But those who say they react to gluten grain-based vinegar are not imagining their reactions, either. A substantial minority of people with celiac and gluten sensitivity react both to distilled alcohol and distilled vinegar that are originally derived from gluten, even though most experts agree those substances are "gluten-free."

It's not clear what percentage of people this involves — there haven't been any studies on it — but it's enough that I advise those who are newly diagnosed to proceed very carefully when dealing with those types of alcohol and vinegar until they can determine for themselves whether they react or not."

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11 May 2015 9:06:28 AM PDT
I am one of those people that reacts to distilled vinegar or alcohol which originate from grain. Less than 20ppm is NOT gluten free. I fought against the FDA when they were asking for input on GF labeling for this purpose. Sadly, for me just because a product is labeled GF doesn't mean it really is in my world and I still have to read the ingredients first.

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19 Dec 2016 7:17:40 PM PDT
Thanks for stating that plain vinegar is typically distilled. I've seen several sites that say plain vinegar on the label is supposed to be apple cider vinegar. I've reacted to products having just "vinegar" listed on the label. Is distilled vinegar made more commonly from barley than from wheat? If someone were to react to distilled vinegar, and that person doesn't have a corn allergy, would barley be the next most likely culprit? Thanks!

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