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Hello all. Question about modified food starches. I found some frozen meal made my Healthy Choice Smart One's that clearly state the food allergens. It will say wheat if wheat is in there. But I found several without wheat, but found they contain a modified food starch. If the starch isn't coming from wheat, what other form of gluten would this starch be coming food. Is this safe to eat? Thoughts?

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Hello all. Question about modified food starches. I found some frozen meal made my Healthy Choice Smart One's that clearly state the food allergens. It will say wheat if wheat is in there. But I found several without wheat, but found they contain a modified food starch. If the starch isn't coming from wheat, what other form of gluten would this starch be coming food. Is this safe to eat? Thoughts?

Generally, modified food starch is derived from corn. If it is derived from wheat, it by law, must be listed as "modified food starch (wheat)" or listed in an allergen statement.

Be careful with regular processed meals. Often "natural flavor or species" could contain barley, malt or rye, as they are not required to be listed. I really have to dig through the frozen section to find a gluten free meal. I usually don't bother anymore.

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Lisa, as always thank you for your insightful information. I typically don't eat frozen meals, but sometimes it's nice to eat something a little different for lunch. ;)

Hormel has some gluten free options. And some Thai soups are easy. Underwood Deviled Ham is gluten free. I mix it up with cream cheese and it's great with carrotts and celery.

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Weight Watcher's Smart Ones Santa Fe Rice and Beans frozen meal is gluten free. It says so right on the box. I have one of them for lunch once in a while for a nice change.

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