Is distilled vinegar gluten free?

Is distilled vinegar gluten free?

Distilled vinegar is considered gluten free, even if the ingredients used to make the original ferment included barley, rye, or wheat. This is true for all vinegars made from gluten-containing ingredients that have been distilled after fermentation, as long as no additives containing gluten were added back after distillation. During the process of distillation, the offending proteins are removed from the vinegar.

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Vinegars guide from Bon Appetit

However, some gluten-sensitive individuals have reported negative digestive reactions when consuming distilled vinegars made from glutenous grains. The reason for this is most likely cross-contamination in the processing facility, or due to additions made after distillation. These people are the minority, and almost all experts agree that distilled vinegars made from glutenous grains are safe for consumption by those with celiacs disease. This is also the case for distilled alcohol.

For information about the safety of consuming distilled alcohol with celiac disease, please see our article on the subject.

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DIY red wine vinegar from Wine Mag

For those individuals that do notice reactions when consuming distilled vinegars made from glutenous grains, there are many types of vinegar made from entirely gluten free ingredients.

Most distilled vinegars within the US are made from potatoes, wood, or corn, so distilled vinegars in the US are generally safe even for those with very high gluten sensitivity. However, malt vinegar is not distilled and because it is made from malted barley, it is not considered gluten free. This is also true of some Chinese black vinegars. Be sure to check ingredient labels to ensure any vinegar you consume is gluten free.

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Chinese black vinegar from MyRecipes

GF Vinegars

  • Distilled vinegar
  • Wine vinegar
  • Cane vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • White rice vinegar
  • Red rice vinegar

Possibly GF Vinegars

  • Chinese black vinegar (often made with a blend of rice and glutenous grains)
  • Blended vinegars (may contain malt vinegar, check label)

Non-GF Vinegar

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