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An Easy Way to Remember Which Grains Contain Gluten

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If you, like me, constantly find yourself asking, "Is such-and-such grain gluten-free?," you'll be relieved to know that there's an easy way to remember, at a basic level, which grains and flours contain gluten.

Just think of the acronym B.R.O.W.S.

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Photo by James Ransom

B arley
R ye
O at (if it's not labeled gluten-free)
W heat (includes Kamut, khorasan, einkorn, and farro)
S pelt (which is a species of wheat)

And since triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye (both of which are in the acronym), it, too, contains gluten (though does not fit into the word as nicely).

Nope, none of these are gluten-free.
Nope, none of these are gluten-free. Photo by James Ransom

While none of the grains mentioned above would be suitable for people with Celiac disease, the various grains do contain more and less amounts of gluten and therefore might be tolerated differently by gluten-intolerant eaters, depending on the individual.

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Now that you know which grains contain gluten, here are 10 gluten-free recipes to get started on:

My New Roots' Inspirational Sunflower Seed Risotto

My New Roots' Inspirational Sunflower Seed Risotto by Genius Recipes

Spice-Drawer Carrot and Coconut Macaroons

Spice-Drawer Carrot and Coconut Macaroons by Alice Medrich

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Fro... by Alice Medrich

Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and White Bean Burgers

Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and White Bean Burgers by Kendra Vaculin

Chickpea Fettuccine with Harissa, Kale, and Olives

Chickpea Fettuccine with Harissa, Kale, and Olives by Lindsey S. Love | Dolly and...

Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies

Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies by Lindsey S. Love | Dolly and...

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie by Hillary Pollak

Amalfi Pear and Ricotta Cake

Amalfi Pear and Ricotta Cake by Emiko

Soft Batch Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Soft Batch Pumpkin Spice Cookies by Ashley McLaughlin

Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake

Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake by Alice Medrich

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