All About Cheddar Cheese: Gluten-Free or Not?

If you are gluten-free, you may be wondering if cheddar cheese is gluten-free. The answer to that question is a little complicated.

Cheddar cheese is made from cow’s milk, and it generally does not contain any gluten and is safe for people with celiac disease. The rest of the ingredients needed are salt, rennet, and starter culture (bacteria).

Read how cheddar cheese is made.

According to the USDA data (for plain cheddar cheese), below is a list of popular brands that are considered gluten-free:

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  • Boar’s Head
  • Cabot
  • Kraft
  • Tillamook

There are many brands did not list here. So if you are unsure about a brand of cheddar cheese, you can check the ingredients list or contact the manufacturer to be sure.

For shredded cheddars, such as the Kraft Shredded Cheddar USDA, they may also contain natamycin, modified corn starch, potato starch, cellulose, and artificial coloring. But these are all gluten-free ingredients.

However, some brands of cheddar cheese may be processed in a facility that also processes wheat products or cheddar products.

Cheddar Products That May Contain Gluten:

While cheddar cheese is naturally gluten-free, some products that are made with cheddar cheese may contain gluten.

These include:

  • Cheddar crackers
  • Canned soup with cheddar cheese
  • Cheddar fries (w/ bread crumbs)
  • Cheddar Goldfish Crackers
  • Cheddar Ruffles Chips

Cheddar bay biscuit is gluten-free.

When it comes to cheddar cheese products, such as cheddar chips, cheddar Goldfish, etc., it depends on the brand and how they are processed. For example, some brands of pre-packaged cheddar crackers are considered gluten-free, while others are not. It depends on the flour used.

So, to sum it up, cheddar cheese is gluten-free. But some products that are made with cheddar cheese may contain gluten. Always check the ingredients list or contact the manufacturer to be sure.

Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful. 🙂

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