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Is Popcorn Gluten-Free?

Spencer Cailas

Spencer Cailas

For something that is consumed in insanely large quantities in the USA, popcorn is one of the common names that pops up (no pun intended) whenever someone has a doubt about gluten.

‘Is popcorn gluten-free? ’

How many times have you heard someone ask this at movies or a sporting event to the vendor? Here’s the answer to this riddle. 

Popcorn in its purest form contains just oil and corn, both of which are gluten-free.

However, there are many versions of this versatile snack that can be riddled with gluten due to cross-contamination caused by spices, seasonings, flavors, and other non gluten-free foods

This stands true for all versions of popcorn including pre-popped, microwaveable and movie-theater. In many cases, even pre-salted popcorn has the risk of being gluten contaminated. The only way to be really sure is to pick a brand that labels itself as gluten-free. 

That assures you that you are buying a product that is not processed in any manufacturing unit that shares the space with grains or products containing gluten. 

Any brand that does not label itself explicitly as being gluten-free is a high risk snack for celiac patients.

People also ask if peanut butter is gluten free, since it makes for a tasty topping for those who enjoy it with their popcorn.

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