Update on Gluten-Contaminated Grain Flours

When Tricia Thompson’s report about contaminated gluten-free grains came out recently, it was shocking. There are many people who prefer to make their own gluten-free flour mix and they report that doing this saves them a substantial amount of money. The fact that many naturally gluten-free grains tested positive for substantial amounts of gluten is unsettling, to say the least.

Due to the overwhelming response Tricia got regarding her extensive grain contamination study, she’s posted a follow up article about the situation. It looks like she came to the same conclusion that I did after I read the initial report. It might be a good idea for people to buy gluten-free labeled grains, including those made from what would be considered naturally gluten-free items like buckwheat, millet and even rice flour.

The test results that Tricia’s study revealed might explain why some people complain of getting sick when baking with pure buckwheat flour or other naturally gluten-free grains. If people have to buy gluten-free certified flours to mix their flour blends, it’s likely to cost them more than if they just buy a ready-made mix from a company like Pamela’s or Jules Gluten Free (for example).

Rice flour that is not labeled gluten-free might cost $.99 at an Asian specialty food store but gluten-free certified brand is closer to $4. Buying a bunch of different flours to mix up your own blend might not seem like such a good idea anymore. Why would anyone spend more money to do that than they would have to pay for a ready-made flour mix? I‘ve always been so thankful that companies are making safe, tested and truly gluten-free flour mixes and blends for those of us who are not interested in making our own flour blend. After reading both of Trisha’s disturbing articles, I’m even more thankful for those companies and their great products!

Below are some of the gluten-free mix companies that routinely test their finished products to ensure their gluten-free safety. Please note that this list is NOT comprehensive – it’s only a list of the brands that I personally have purchased items from multiple times. There are countless other gluten-free companies that also test their products for safety. Feel free to add your own favorite gluten-free companies (that make gluten-free mixes) in the comments below. As always, everyone should purchase the products they are comfortable consuming.

  • Gluten-Free Naturals
  • Jules Gluten Free
  • Pamela’s Products
  • King Arthur Flour (gluten-free line)
  • Cherrybrook Kitchen
  • 123 Gluten Free
  • Gluten-Free Pantry
  • Arrowhead Mills
  • Betty Crocker (gluten-free line)
  • Simply Organics (gluten-free line)
  • Namaste
  • Mixes from the Heartland
  • Bob’s Red Mill (gluten-free line)
  • Breads by Anna
  • Tracys Treats

12 thoughts on “Update on Gluten-Contaminated Grain Flours”

  1. Just to let everyone know, that even though buying gluten-free is more expensive, it is also a tax write off. Just thought you should know! :)

  2. Just to let everyone know, that even though buying gluten-free is more expensive, it is also a tax write off. Just thought you should know! :)

  3. Lauren- Actually the rules are – you can take as medical deduction the differance between GF products you buy and what “regular” food would cost.
    Only with a doctors written diagnosis stateing Gluten free for life.

  4. Lauren- Actually the rules are – you can take as medical deduction the differance between GF products you buy and what “regular” food would cost.
    Only with a doctors written diagnosis stateing Gluten free for life.

  5. Just as a word of warning, be careful about getting that written diagnosis stating gluten free for life. While it may help with the tax situation, you never know what it might do to your ability to get health insurance in the future. A few hundred bucks saved on taxes probably isn’t worth the million+ a major illness or accident could cost if you’re uninsured.

  6. Just as a word of warning, be careful about getting that written diagnosis stating gluten free for life. While it may help with the tax situation, you never know what it might do to your ability to get health insurance in the future. A few hundred bucks saved on taxes probably isn’t worth the million+ a major illness or accident could cost if you’re uninsured.

  7. While the convenience of mixes is wonderful, and some of them taste “like the real thing”, some of us can’t tolerate other grains as well. For example, I have the same physical reaction to millet that I do to gluten, which is, of course, not worth any money saved. I appreciate and enjoy that there are GF mixes out there, but am also grateful for the option to make my own, and that I can find certified GF flours.

  8. While the convenience of mixes is wonderful, and some of them taste “like the real thing”, some of us can’t tolerate other grains as well. For example, I have the same physical reaction to millet that I do to gluten, which is, of course, not worth any money saved. I appreciate and enjoy that there are GF mixes out there, but am also grateful for the option to make my own, and that I can find certified GF flours.

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