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Are Beans Gluten-Free?

6 Comments 24 March 2010

Are Beans Gluten-Free?

There are so many reasons to include beans in your diet, and these days the price is a winning one. Having a large pot of cooked black beans around which can be easily added to rice for lunch, any meal for dinner, or even used to make black bean burgers can add an extra shot of protein to a meal in favor of extra meat. But did you know that not all beans are gluten-free?

Naturally Gluten-Free

Yes, beans are a naturally gluten-free food, but many dried varieties warn on their packaging or on their websites that the finished product may contain gluten. The reason being possible contamination during processing. Often dried beans are processed in facilities that also manufacture products with gluten-containing ingredients.

Canned is Safer

I recently bought a bag of Goya beans which I realized their website claims may be contaminated with gluten, but my can of Blue Label Black Beans is gluten-free. According to Gluten Free Living Magazine, this is because the manufacturers of canned beans typically process canned fruits and vegetables, which are also gluten-free.

There is still some argument over whether dried beans are safe, and whether dried beans can simply be rinsed, but for the sake of my health, I know that I’m sticking with canned.

- who has written 106 posts on Gluten Free Fox.

Kristen Campbell and her "wonder dog" Waylon are both severely intolerant to gluten. Celiac? Perhaps. But they've never had the endoscopy to tell (human or dog--does that exist?). Fortunately, they found each other! When Kristen isn't busy at work, she loves mixing up natural, gluten-free beauty products under her self titled line, spending time with her favorite "wonder dog" and catching up with friends.

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  1. Pam Flick says:

    I love the thought of being able to eat canned beans which are glutten free but what about the PBA which is often used in the can linings and is dangerous for everyone, not just those of us who are sensitive to Gluten. How do we know which cans have BPA and which don’t? Are you aware of a way to find out?

  2. Sharon says:

    Pam, I noticed your question wasn’t answered. If you or anyone else is still wondering about the BPA free canned beans… here’s a site that may help…


  3. Namaste says:

    I would think it would be nearly impossible (or extremely improbable) for the contamination to extend to the inside of the bean – therefore rinsing well would seem to suffice. For us- we soak our beans overnight anyway. While I do use canned beans – my preference is for dried because i have more control and I feel them to be better for us.

  4. Rosie says:

    Is that a Griffon I see on your webpage? Dont see too many of those. I have one–its a great breed.

  5. Sherry says:

    I do not tolerate preservatives. A lot of Bush’s beans are gluten free but have preservatives. Luck’s Beans do not claim to be gluten free but there are no preservatives listed. I react badly to most preservatives.

  6. cheryl says:

    i am disappointed that I can not use my dried beans which are salt free and have to use canned beams with salt

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