But I Heard That It's Not Safe To Eat...
- Distilled vinegar
- In the United States, almost all distilled vinegar comes from corn, not
wheat. In the rare instances where wheat is the original source of the
distilled alcohol that gets fermented into vinegar, the distillation
process will remove all appreciable amounts of gluten (gliaden, peptide
chains). A "mother" is added to the distilled alcohol to begin
the process of fermentation, but research and interviews with industry
experts (including the provider of vinegar to Heinz) indicate that
gluten-containing ingredients are not used in this "mother" --
so distilled vinegar is safe. Please note that most vinegar listed on
ingredients list is not distilled vinegar (please see the Vinegar
- The usual concern about rice is that it has been enriched. According to
research done by Ann Whelan and published in her Gluten Free Living
newsletter, after talking to a staff dietition at the U.S. Rice Council,
an enrichment mixture that consists of a carrier and synthesized vitamins
and minerals which are applied to the surface of some white rice grains.
Another interview with a manufacturer of the enrichment mixture revealed
that the carrier is usually corn starch, sometimes rice starch, and,
rarely, calcium carbonate, while the vitamins and minerals added are
gluten-free. The reason enriched rice packages discourage you from rinsing
your rice, and have you cook it in the minimal amount of water necessary
is so that you won't rinse off this surface layer of added vitamins and
- If food manufactured in the United States has vinegar listed as an
ingredient, where just the word "vinegar" appears between commas
(for example, "Ingredients: water, vinegar, tomato paste)" the FDA's
Compliance Policy Guide for Vinegar requires that the vinegar must be
apple cider vinegar. So if you see just "vinegar" listed as an
ingredient (not "malt vinegar" or any other modification), the
vinegar is apple cider vinegar.
Copyright ©1998 Linda Blanchard All Rights
Reserved. Date Added: February 16, 1998. Last Update: January 07, 2009.