Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? Plus 3 Gluten Free Brands!

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Buckwheat gluten free

If you have ever wondered is buckwheat gluten free, then you’ve come to the right place. With the word ‘wheat’ in it’s name, it’s confusing.

Buckwheat has become increasingly popular in recent years, and many people are interested in learning more about it including myself.

Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? Buckwheat groats

We will explore what buckwheat is, how it is made, and whether or not it’s gluten free. 

What is Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is a plant that is native to parts of Asia. It’s not a grain, it’s a seed. It is eaten like a grain but it’s not.

Buckwheat Ingredients

Buckwheat is sold three main ways: groats, flour, and flakes. The groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant, while the flour is made by grinding the groats into a powder. Buckwheat flakes are made by steaming the groats and then rolling them into thin flakes. 

Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? Buckwheat pancakes.

Is Buckwheat Gluten Free?

Yes, buckwheat is gluten free. This means that it is a safe food for people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivities.

Buckwheat does not contain any gluten proteins, so it does not trigger any of the symptoms associated with gluten-related conditions. BUT you should consider purchasing certified gluten free brands because cross-contamination can happen during processing.

Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? Buckwheat noodles

Is buckwheat flour gluten free?

Yes, buckwheat flour is gluten free. There is a chance of cross-contamination during processing. Bob’s Red Mill mentions on their bag of buckwheat flour, that despite the flour being naturally gluten free it is not processed in their gluten free plant.

How is Buckwheat used?

Buckwheat is used in recipes in a variety of ways.

Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? Buckwheat sprinkled over ice cream.

Gluten Free Buckwheat Flour

There are a few brands of buckwheat that are specifically labeled as certified gluten free because some companies process their buckwheat flour in facilities that process gluten-containing grains.

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

Gluten Free Resources

Do you need help with gluten free meals?
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What gluten free snacks can I eat?
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How can I eat dessert on a gluten free diet?
You can 100% eat dessert while eating gluten free. Try my dessert cookbook for easy gluten free dessert recipes.
How do I know what is gluten free and what isn’t?
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How do I make substitutions?
If you need substitution advice I created a ton of resources here.

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