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Are Potatoes Gluten-Free?

Spencer Cailas

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As gluten continues to snatch away one delicacy after another from your dinner plate, you want to ensure that the humble potato is spared.

Oh no, anything but the Potatoes. How can I survive without mashed potatoes and the occasional French fries?

But if you have been stared at with a cold glare when you asked for potatoes after mentioning to the waiter that you were gluten-free, then you are not alone.

A lot of people are confused whether potatoes are gluten-free or not, we’ve put together a guide to answer a few other unasked questions regarding all other gluten-free foods — take for example, oatmeal.

So, are Potatoes Gluten-Free?

Naturally out of the ground, they certainly are. But like a lot of other things, the problem arises with cross-contamination.

Unless you are ordering potatoes from a completely gluten-free kitchen, the chances of it coming into contact with gluten in one of its many avatars is highly likely.

For example, potatoes coated with a thick layer of flour french fries fried in oil that was also used to fry any food that contains gluten baked potatoes that are baked on the same rack that was used to bake gluten based food.

If you were to take a walk around the kitchen with a potato in hand, you’d be astonished to discover some of the ways in which it can get contaminated by gluten.

The bottom line, is that you have to be extra careful about the way in which the potatoes are prepared.

If you would like to be extra cautious, just ask the restaurant to make you a plate of ‘clean and contamination free’ potatoes for your sides.