Are lentils technically gluten free? This is a great question and one that is so confusing. Many grains (lentils, rice, corn, quinoa, etc…) are inherently gluten free. But when you get the grain home is it still gluten free? It is possible that the grains became contaminated during processing and therefore are no longer gluten free.
One of my readers, Cindy, asked me yesterday about which lentils I purchase and do I worry if they are contaminated. I told her that personally I don’t worry about it but I know many of you are concerned and need to be. My family isn’t as sensitive as most and we have never reacted to contaminated lentils or other grains, such as rice, which we eat on a regular basis.
Cindy’s question was what brand of lentils are safe. She knew that Tru-Roots has a wonderful sprouted certified gluten-free lentil but that it wouldn’t hold up in a slow cooker, which was her goal. After some research Cindy reported in that Arrowhead Mills green and red lentils are tested and are indeed gluten free.
So thanks Cindy for you question and your research about the lentils. If you know of other brands that are tested to be gluten free, please let us know in the comment section.
Here are some of my favorite lentil recipes.