Is Wheat Grass Gluten-Free?

It's so difficult to get a straight answer to this question - but Nutrition Diva clears up the confusion.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Is Wheat Grass Gluten-Free?


Q. There's some controversy about whether wheat grass or barley grass actually contains gluten. Is it safe for people with Celiac disease?

A. You’re not kidding. Getting a straight answer on this question is not easy! Some insist that as long as the plant has not started to go to seed, the grass will be gluten free. If you’re growing and harvesting your own, that would be fairly easy to determine. But with a processed product containing wheat grass juice or powder, there’d be no way of knowing. Products which have been tested and certified as gluten-free should be safe. But why risk it, especially when you can get the same nutrients in other foods?  Despite the rather extravagant claims, there’s nothing that special about wheat grass, nutritionally speaking. I suggest having a salad instead.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.