Wheat Starch

To eat or not to eat wheat starch-containing gluten-free DiGiorno pizza

The controversy over the use of wheat starch in gluten-free foods is back on the front burner due to the new DiGiorno gluten-free pizzas. The pizzas are made using wheat starch that has been processed to remove gluten.

Before we go any further, please remember that under the FDA’s 2013 gluten-free labeling rule, wheat starch is an allowed ingredient in foods labeled gluten-free as long as its use does not result in the final food product containing 20 parts per […]

What the FDA has to say about wheat starch and hydrolyzed gluten

This post is part of a series covering the FDA’s Final Rule on Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods. 

The rule is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/13/2020-17088/food-labeling-gluten-free-labeling-of-fermented-or-hydrolyzed-foods

Bottom Line:

Under the FDA’s 2013 gluten-free labeling rule, wheat starch is considered “an ingredient processed to remove gluten.”It is an allowed ingredient in foods labeled gluten-free as long as its use does not result in the final food product containing 20 parts per million or more of gluten.Fermented foods and ingredients made using gluten-free wheat […]

Happy wheat starch isn’t used in more gluten-free foods? You may have Ener-G Foods & Elaine Hartsook to thank

In Honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Gluten Free Watchdog is writing a series of articles (the goal is one per day during the month of May) related to the gluten-free diet–currently the ONLY treatment for celiac disease. 

Post (#9)…

Adapted from The Gluten Free Nutrition Guide by Tricia Thompson (McGraw-Hill)

In some parts of the world, wheat starch has been allowed in gluten-free foods since the time of Dicke’s classic feeding trials, but historically it has not been used all that much […]

Does wheat starch belong in a gluten-free diet?

In Honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Gluten Free Watchdog is writing a series of articles (the goal is one per day during the month of May) related to the gluten-free diet–currently the ONLY treatment for celiac disease. 
Post (#8)…
First some background…
Under the FDA’s gluten-free labeling rule wheat starch is allowed in gluten-free foods as long as the final product contains less than 20 ppm of gluten. This is because wheat starch is considered by the FDA to be an ingredient […]

Using Wheat Starch in Gluten-Free Foods

In the US we are not used to seeing wheat starch in gluten-free food. This may be changing. Schar* has introduced their wheat starch-based croissants to the US market. This may lead other manufacturers of gluten-free foods to follow suit. As you make a personal decision whether to eat these products, you may want to keep the following points in mind:

1.     In the U.S. wheat starch is allowed in food labeled gluten-free.

2.     The Food and Drug Administration considers wheat […]

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