Are potatoes gluten-free?

Last month we attended the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham to showcase Cheshire Farm and the range of products we have to offer. Over the weekend it became apparent that many people were still confused about gluten within the potato world, so we just wanted to clear up a few things…..

Why avoid gluten in the first place?

People with coeliac disease make up around 1% of the UK population which is considered an underestimation as some people may not be aware they have it in the first place. However, a large number of people choose to not eat gluten because of personal choice, as it is often linked to processed foods high in carbohydrates such as starches and rice.

This is not to say that gluten is a bad thing – for those without the intolerance, it is very much part of the nutritional package of healthy foods such as wholegrains. It’s not so much about dropping the gluten, but more about dropping refined foods that have gluten in them which is often used to bulk them out or make them taste better.

So what about potatoes?

Potatoes in their raw form do not contain any gluten and are therefore perfectly suitable for Coeliacs and anyone with special dietary needs. What you do need to be careful about is how they are prepared as any additional ingredients used could contain gluten, providing a ‘back door’ for them. Many pre-prepared products on the shelves at supermarkets contain gluten and we would always advise to check the packet before you purchase the product. At Cheshire Farm we are proud to say that our products are all completely gluten free!

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