A 46-year-old female asked:
what is the difference between starch and gluten? i'm on a starch free diet, i was told gluten free is the same, but gluten free has starch? help
1 doctor answer
Dr. Ibrahim Moussa answered
17 years experience Cardiology
Different things: Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Starch is a sugar (carbohydrate) consisting of a large number of glucose units joined together. Gluten free is not the same as starch free for example tapioca flour is gluten free but it is a starch. Hope this helps.
Answered on Jan 14, 2015
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