Is Rice Gluten-Free

Over half of the world’s population eats rice with almost 90 percent being grown by Asian farmers. It is one of the popular gluten-free grains for people with celiac disease. Sticky rice, also called glutinous rice, refers to the rice’s stickiness not it’s gluten content. No matter if we’re talking about brown rice, white rice, or wild rice they are all gluten-free. Although wild rice is not really rice it’s a North American plant that is similar and higher in nutritional value.

Opportunities for gluten to be added or cross contaminated to the rice would occur with harvesting and transportation, added seasonings, other ingredients, and bulk bin containers. Often confused rice pilaf is usually made with orzo which is not gluten free. Neither are Rice A Roni products gluten-free. Several rice companies have stepped up to the plate to produce some gluten-free box mixes like McCormick’s Zatarain’s, Minute Rice,  and Uncle Ben’s responded to an inquiry concerning 9 of their product mixes. There are numerous manufacturers that are producing rice pastas as well. Allrecipies recently picked their Top-10 Winners.IMG_6458[1]

Varieties of rice from different places in the world have trace amounts of arsenic. It’s important to include other sources of carbohydrates like beans, lentils, amaranth, buckwheat, corn, quinoa, potatoes, popcorn, millet, sorghum, teff and gluten-free oats in your diet as well.

If you experience boating or other celiac symptoms after eating you may want to ask your doctor for advice or gluten antibody testing.

Dive In

If you’re close to Jupiter, Florida you’ll want to stop in to the Dive Bar Restaurant one of the local favorites for seafood, sushi, calamari, crab rolls, hamburgers and salads too. Eat on the fan-cooled dog friendly patio or inside the air-cooled restaurant. There is an pleasant view of the Jupiter Yacht Club Marina along the Jupiter Riverwalk. Public dock slips in front of the restaurant.  TripAdvisor lists it as a moderately priced menu. We enjoyed the Sushi Bento Box with a Tuna roll, 5 pieces of sushi and 2 specials. No flour in the sushi rice makes it an especially nice gluten-free option for those dealing with celiac symptoms and gluten free soy sauce too.