Today, we’re going to be answering the question: does corn flour have gluten? And taking a look at the best gluten free corn flour brands to buy when following a gluten free diet. But first, what actually is corn flour? Let’s take a closer look.
What Is Corn Flour?
Before we start, it’s important to note that cornflour and cornstarch are essentially the same product, so you may know it as cornflour or cornstarch. Corn flour is essentially corn (or maize) that has been milled into a fine powder. Corn flour is used to thicken up products such as gravies and soups. It’s a great replacement for regular wheat flour.
Ingredients In Corn Flour
The only ingredient in corn flour is corn! However, corn has plenty of goodness in it, with a range of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber.
Is Corn Flour Gluten Free?
Good news – corn flour is naturally gluten-free! This is because corn (or maize) is 100% gluten-free, and is not a gluten-containing grain. However, due to where the corn is milled and harvested, it may have been subject to cross-contact. This is when a non-gluten-containing product comes into contact with gluten due to the way it’s made. Always be sure to check the ingredients labels of any cornflour you’re purchasing.
Is Corn Flour Vegan?
Yes! As corn flour is a plant-based product, it’s 100% okay to consume when following a vegan diet.
Brands Of Gluten Free Corn Flour
While some gluten intolerants are comfortable opting for products that do not carry a gluten-free label but do not contain any gluten ingredients, others aren’t – and that’s completely okay! We’ll be taking a look at brands that confirm that their corn flour is 100% gluten-free.
Dove’s Farm is a leading UK brand that has an extensive range of gluten-free products, including corn flour. Their cornflour is certified gluten-free and is also organic and Kosher certified; meaning it’s suitable for a range of dietary lifestyles.
Their allergen statement declares that this product is, “free from gluten, milk, peanut, egg, and soya”. You can pick this up from most supermarkets in the UK for just under £2.
Bob’s Red Mill
Bob’s Red Mill is without a doubt, one of the best places to stock up on gluten-free staples for your pantry, including corn flour. It’s worth noting that Bob’s Red Mill has standard cornflour and a gluten-free version, so be sure you’re opting for the packet that carries a red “gluten-free” logo across the front.
Their gluten-free cornflour is made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, making it as safe as possible for a gluten-free lifestyle. You can pick up this product from most grocery stores for just over $3 – which is only slightly more expensive than their regular corn flour!
Infinity Foods makes specialty flours, most of which are organic. Their Organic Cornflour is certified gluten-free. As well as being dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan. Infinity Foods is another UK brand, and you can pick up a 500g bag for just over £2.
Brown & Polson
Brown & Polson is another brand that offers gluten-free cornflour. While it doesn’t have it across the front of the packaging, they do confirm that their product is “gluten-free” and “suitable for celiacs”. It is also suitable for vegetarians. It’s worth noting that this is another UK brand and you can pick it up for around £3 per 500g box.
What Is Corn Flour Used For?
Much like cornstarch, you can use cornflour to thicken up sauces, gravies, and soups. But you can also use cornflour in many others ways. For example:
- Breading (foods like fish or chicken)
- Waffle batter
- Pancake batter
- Baked goods (cakes, muffins, etc.)
You can also combine cornflour with other products such as cornmeal and gluten-free all-purpose flour, to make an even more delicious flour blend! You can check out how to make an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend using cornflour here.
Read more about: Does Cornstarch Have Gluten?
I hope this article has helped to answer the question: does corn flour have gluten? And helped you to identify what to look out for when corn flour may potentially have come into contact with gluten. It is always best to opt for products that carry a clear gluten-free label, or are certified gluten-free – particularly if you’re celiac. Many of the brands we’ve looked at today are easily accessible in most grocery stores.
Do you know of any other gluten-free cornflour brands? Or have your own gluten-free all-purpose flour blend containing corn flour? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
Which Flours are Gluten-Free?
There are a surprising amount of naturally gluten free flours. Some of the best flours to choose from that are suitable are almond flour, rice flour, buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, teff flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, rice flour, corn flour, chickpea flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, oat flour (be sure it's gluten free oats) and cassava flour.
What Brand of Corn Flour is Gluten-Free?
If you're looking for brands that carry a gluten free label, look no further. From Bob's Red Mill, to Dove's Farm, to Infinity Foods - we'll be taking a closer look at all of these gluten free cornflour brands in this article.
Can Celiacs Eat Corn Flour?
Absolutely! However, if you're celiac, it's important to only purchase corn flour that carries a gluten free label. That way you can be sure that there has been no cross contact with any gluten. If it doesn't make any gluten free claims, the product is not tested for gluten and cross contact will be a risk.
How Much Gluten Does Corn Flour Have?
Corn flour contains no gluten whatsoever and is naturally gluten free. However, always check the ingredients to be sure that no additives have been used, and that cross contact is not a risk with that particular product.