Mushrooms are naturally gluten-free.
Mushrooms are a power-packed superfood for people avoiding gluten. They are full of goodness in the form of many essential vitamins and minerals needed for growth and development, maintaining energy levels, healthy skin, eyes and hair amongst other things.
Mushrooms are also naturally gluten-free but full of taste.
Nutrition can be confusing, with conflicting information in the news, including what it means to be gluten intolerant versus being diagnosed with coeliac disease. Many people are avoiding gluten even if they haven’t been diagnosed with coeliac disease. Understanding what is gluten-free and what isn’t can take research and time.
Gluten is a type of protein found in many grains, such as wheat, rye and barley. Some people have a sensitivity to gluten, such as people with coeliac disease. Like all fruits and vegetables, mushrooms are naturally gluten-free, and make a delicious and nutritious addition to a gluten-free diet.
As mushrooms grow in compost that contains wheat straw, some people have been concerned that the compost could be a source of gluten. However, there is no gluten in the straw, only in the grain (that isn’t used in compost). If you see little specks of peat on the surface of the mushroom, you can just brush it off. There is no need to wash or peel the mushroom.