Once the subject of debate in the gluten-free community, it has now been proven that distilled vinegars are absolutely gluten-free. That includes white vinegar, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar – ALL distilled vinegars are safe for those on the gluten-free diet. However, malt vinegar, which is generally made from the gluten grain barley, is not distilled and therefore it is not gluten-free.
Recently at a gluten-free function I met someone who told me that no vinegar was gluten-free except for apple cider vinegar. The person read that on the internet, of course. As we all know, the internet can offer a wealth of information on any given subject. But there are no internet police out there making sure that misinformation is not being spread around cyberspace. That is why you can’t believe everything you read online. Even though I know I do my homework when it comes to gluten-free ingredients and want to help others learn the intricacies of this diet, I still suggest everyone buy Shelley Case’s book, just so they can benefit from the wealth of information in it. Personally, I think Shelley’s book should be required reading for anyone on the gluten-free diet for health reasons.
It makes no sense to me whatsoever why people choose to believe others who don’t seem to do their own research about something as important as their medically prescribed diet. Instead, they trust misinformation and worse – they spread that bad information to other unsuspecting people. It’s a vicious cycle and it seems never ending.
Regarding soy sauce, the majority of brands are made with wheat. There is gluten in the finished product so it is not considered safe for those on the gluten-free diet for health reasons. It is not uncommon to find a well meaning owner of a health food store report that wheat based soy sauces are gluten-free. In fact, they are not considered so by people who have investigated this issue.
Luckily, there are several brands of gluten-free soy sauce including LaChoy, which is not marked gluten-free. LaChoy is a ConAgra product so it is not marked gluten-free as they are behind the times on the gluten-free issue. San-J makes two gluten and wheat-free Tamari brand soy sauces. Keep in mind they also make serveral wheat based soy sauces so you must read the label – the wheat free products they offer are gluten-free.
The WalMart brand of soy sauce ‘Great Value’ was at one time was labeled gluten-free so it likely still is. Please read the label before purchasing that or any other brand of soy sauce. Minimus.biz sells individual packets of Kari-Out soy sauce which is gluten-free. Many people like to take those packets to Sushi places. Most restaurants use Kikkoman soy sauce which contains gluten and therefore unsafe for those on the gluten -free diet.
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