If you’re cutting gluten out of your life, does that mean that you also have to stop cooking with butter?
The Short Answer:
Yes, most plain or organic butter is gluten-free.
The Long Answer:
If you’ve recently discovered that you have a gluten intolerance, or you just want to cut this protein out of your daily diet, I have some great news for you.
Butter is gluten-free.
Most butter, that is.
By and large, most dairy products are gluten-free, but of course there are some bothersome exceptions. When it comes to butter, most plain or organic varieties will be safe for consumption on a gluten-free diet. However, and if you’ve read any of our gluten-free articles in the past, you’ll know what I’m about to say, you still need to read your labels.
If you’re buying some kind of butter with additives and preservatives included, definitely check for gluten-laced ingredients. There is also the danger of wheat-contamination during the process of manufacturing the butter. That’s why it’s better to stick with products that have zero additives and preservatives as a safety measure.
Butter is made from churning milk or cream. The process separates the solid butterfat from the liquid buttermilk. All butter commercially sold within the United States undergoes a pasteurization process, which is why you never see freshly churned “raw” butter sold at the local store.
WHAT IS GLUTEN?
Gluten is a name for proteins found in rye, wheat, barley, and triticale. Gluten functions as an edible adhesive, holding foods together and maintaining their shape.
Gluten can be dangerous for those with an autoimmune reaction known as celiac disease. Affected individuals could see heightened weight loss, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating, persistent diarrhea or constipation, brain fog and a skin disease called dermatitis.
Gluten is also known to cause gut inflammation, which can lead to digested food making its way into the bloodstream through the intestines. As such, harmful viruses and bacteria that would have normally been eliminated by the digestive system could be let loose into the bloodstream.
Eliminating gluten from your diet can lead to easy weight loss and increased energy in individuals, which is why it has become such a popular diet trend.