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Is Flaxseed Gluten-Free?

Flaxseed is scattered on a table. There are bowls and a spoon full of flaxseed. There's also a small bottle of linseed oil next to some green leaves. Yes, flaxseed, also called linseed, is gluten-free.

What is Flaxseed?

Flaxseed comes from the flax plant and is not related to wheat, barley or rye. Therefore, flaxseed/linseed is considered safe for individuals with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fiber, and is commonly used as a natural way to relieve constipation.

You’ll find flaxseed in gluten-free flours, egg replacers, granola, and oil (linseed oil).

Be Cautious of Cross-Contact

As with all seeds, be cautious about potential cross-contact. If possible, buy flaxseed products that are labeled gluten-free. Check the product label before enjoying to ensure there hasn’t been cross-contact, and if you have further questions, contact the manufacturer.

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