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Choosing a Safe Cooking Oil for Gluten Allergies: The Case for Red Palm Oil

  • , by Chibuikem Osuchukwu
  • 2 min reading time

Gluten allergy, also known as celiac disease, is an autoimmune disorder where the body has an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine, causing damage and leading to various symptoms and long-term complications.

Gluten allergy can cause a wide range of symptoms, including digestive issues like bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation, as well as fatigue, weight loss, anaemia, joint pain, skin rashes, and even neurological symptoms. If left untreated, celiac disease can lead to malnutrition, osteoporosis, infertility, and an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.

When it comes to cooking oils, people with celiac disease need to be cautious about potential gluten cross-contamination. While most pure oils are naturally gluten-free, there is a risk that cross-contamination can occur during processing or packaging, especially if the oil is manufactured in a facility that also handles gluten-containing products.

Here are some cooking oils that people with gluten allergies or celiac disease should avoid:

  • Soybean oil - Most soybean oil is extracted using hexane and may contain gluten from wheat or barley used during processing.
  • Vegetable oil - This generic term doesn't specify the source, so verify it is not derived from wheat or barley.
  • Canola oil - Some facilities process canola oil using equipment that also processes wheat, introducing cross-contamination.
  • Corn oil - May contain gluten cross-contamination from processing facilities.
  • Sunflower oil - Cold-pressed, expeller-pressed or high-oleic sunflower oils are naturally gluten-free. However, some blended "sunflower oils" may contain wheat or barley.
  • Flavoured oils - Added natural flavours may contain gluten.
  • Hydrogenated oils - The hydrogenation process may introduce gluten cross-contamination. Avoid.

Red Palm Oil is naturally gluten-free as it is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree and is safe for people with celiac disease or gluten allergies. Here are some key points:

  • Source Ingredients – Red Palm Oil comes from the fruit of the palm tree, so it does not naturally contain any gluten.
  • Processing Methods - There is no gluten used in the production or processing of raw palm oil itself. It is extracted straight from the palm fruit.
  • No Cross-Contamination - Most red palm oil is processed in facilities dedicated to palm oil only, so there is minimal to no risk of cross-contamination with gluten grains.

GuDee's pure, unrefined Red Palm Oil, sourced directly from the Palm Fruit of the Oil Palm trees, provides a gluten-free cooking oil option with no risk of cross-contamination for those with gluten allergies. Made in a dedicated palm oil facility, GuDee ensures it is sustainably sourced from small local farmers and avoids gluten contact, delivering a robust, versatile flavour free of allergy worries.

If you have a gluten allergy, GuDee's unrefined Red Palm Oil is a gluten-free option that can enhance your meals while being safe for your dietary needs.

Read more about the amazing Health benefits of Red Palm Oil.

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