Is corn gluten free?
Fresh corn is always gluten free. Though the term “corn gluten” is used in the animal feed industry to describe the protein, corn does not actually contain gluten. Canned and frozen corn are also gluten free. However, if you are very sensitive, you may want to check into cross-contamination possibilities. Contact the manufacturer to see whether the corn was processed on equipment that protects it from cross-contamination.
Is cornmeal gluten free?
Cornmeal in itself is gluten free. However, it may be processed by manufacturers who also process wheat or other grains with gluten. Stick with cornmeal that is clearly labeled as gluten free. For the rest, check with the manufacturer to verify that it was protected from cross-contamination during processing.
Gluten free cornmeal products
Bob’s Red Mill uses specialized farms and they have a separate gluten free packaging division with special machinery to protect against cross-contamination. They ensure a standard of no more than 19 parts per million of gluten. Bob’s Red Mill also produces items which contain gluten, so make sure to buy only the ones which say gluten free on the label.
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornmeal
- Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground Gluten Free Cornmeal
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Grits, Polenta
Arrowhead Mills actively tests and monitors their production facilities to guard against cross-contamination. They also manufacture products with gluten, so pay attention to the label and only buy those marked as gluten free.
Sam Mills tests for gluten levels using the the ELISA method, with a 3ppm precision.
- Pungo Creek Mills Indian Cornmeal-Native American Heirloom Virginia Grown Gluten Free Corn Flour
- De la Estancia Organic Polenta
Corn bread and other baked goods made with cornmeal
Baked goods made with cornmeal are likely not gluten free, as they are usually made with wheat flour. Stick to baked goods which are explicitly labeled as gluten free. Or make your own, so you know exactly what goes into them.
Gluten free corn based baked goods
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix
- The Gluten-Free Pantry Yankee Cornbread Mix
- Pamela’s Products Cornbread & Muffin Mix
- 123 Gluten Free, Southern Style Corn Bread Mix
- Glutino Sans Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing / Dressing
- Hodgson Mill Cornbread Mix Gluten Free Sweet Yellow
- Nuffins Gluten-Free Mix, Cornbread
- Teri’s Gluten Free Corn Bread Mix
- The Cravings Place Grandma’s Unsweetened Cornbread Mix
- XO Baking Co Corn Bread Mix
*Antibodies to maize
There is some controversy over whether corn really is safe for people who are gluten intolerant. This 1979 study showed that there was a higher incidence of antibodies to maize in celiac sufferers. If you are extremely sensitive, you may want to take this into consideration.