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The Great Gluten Debate

Are Wheated Spirits Actually Gluten Free?

Some believe “going gluten-free,” is simply a trendy diet choice, but for many it is a necessary diet modification. May 16, 2023 is International Celiac Disease Awareness Day. In the realm of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, the question of whether wheated vodka is gluten-free or not has sparked spirited debates. As the battle rages on, let's delve into the science, the process, and the factors at play to settle the score once and for all in honor of Celiac Awareness Month.

Whispers of Gluten

Wheat is one of the grains that contains gluten, a protein complex notorious for causing discomfort among those with sensitivities or celiac disease. Wheated vodka and wheated bourbon, as the names suggest, are distilled from wheat, leading to concerns about gluten residues in the final product. But is this really a cause for alarm?

Distillation: The Great Separator

The distillation process is where the magic happens, and this is where the gluten debate takes a turn. During distillation, liquids are heated, vaporized, and then condensed back into liquid form. This process is highly effective in separating alcohol from other compounds, including gluten proteins. As a result, the gluten content in the final distilled spirit is removed..

Gluten Proteins and the Quest for Clarity

Scientific studies have examined the gluten content in distilled spirits, including vodka, and the findings are generally reassuring for those with gluten sensitivities. Many tests have shown that the vast majority of gluten is left behind in the distillation residue, rendering the distilled spirit, including wheated vodka or wheated bourbon, gluten-free by most accepted standards.

The Science Behind It All

Studies examining the gluten content in distilled spirits have shown that gluten proteins are not typically present in the final product. However, the exact nature of the distillation process, equipment, and other factors can influence the outcome. The consensus remains that the majority of people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease can tolerate distilled spirits, including wheated vodka, without adverse effects.

Cross-Contamination Considerations

While distillation does remove gluten proteins, it's essential to consider potential cross-contamination during production. Equipment that has been used for gluten-containing products could introduce traces of gluten into the final product. This concern highlights the importance of thorough cleaning and the need for dedicated facilities for those with severe sensitivities.

Certifications and Labels

For those who remain cautious, although experts agree gluten proteins are distilled out, seeking out vodka with official "gluten-free" certifications or labels can offer peace of mind.

In Conclusion: It's (Mostly) Gluten-Free

In the grand debate of whether wheated vodka is gluten-free, the consensus among experts and scientific studies leans towards "yes, it is.."

The distillation process effectively separates gluten proteins from the final product, making wheated vodka safe for most individuals with gluten sensitivities. However, individual sensitivities vary, and those with severe reactions should exercise caution if they are worried. This is the modern day disclaimer for the cynics out there so no one comes back with an argument that they are the rarest case.. Choose at your own discretion, friends.

As with any dietary concerns, consulting with a healthcare professional is recommended for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. Ultimately, the wheated vodka question showcases the complexity of food science and the importance of making informed choices based on individual comfort.

Cheers to a clearer understanding of gluten in spirits! Our wheated bourbon is aging to perfection and should be ready to hit the market within a few years but in the meantime our wheated vodka is an unfreshingly believable experience.


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