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Special New Canary Seed Ideal For Gluten-Free Diets

A new variety of bred specifically for qualifies as a gluten-free cereal that would be ideal for people with (CD), scientists have confirmed in a study published in ACS’ .

and colleagues point out that at least 3 million people in the United States alone have CD. They develop gastrointestinal and other symptoms from eating wheat, barley, rye and other grains that contain gluten-related proteins. Boye’s team sought to expand dietary options for CD – which now include non-gluten-containing cereals like corn, rice, teff, quinoa, millet, buckwheat and sorghum.

They describe research on a new variety of “hairless,” or glabrous, , which lacks the tiny hairs of the seed traditionally produced as food for caged birds. Those hairs made inedible for humans. It verified that is gluten-free. Boye also noted that canary seeds have more protein than other common cereals, are rich in other nutrients and are suitable for making flour that can be used in bread, cookies, cakes and other products.


The authors acknowledge funding from the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan.

American Chemical Society