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Those following a gluten-free diet can benefit from becoming fans of Nestle Toll House, because a number of their baking products are gluten-free, including the semi-sweet morsels and the peanut butter and milk chocolate morsels 1. But including Nestle's butterscotch chips in recipes like layer bars and butterscotch bark is out; Nestle Toll House Butterscotch chips are not gluten-free 13.
Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and foods made with these ingredients. You only have to be concerned with gluten in your food if you are diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. When people with these conditions consume foods containing gluten, their body's immune system reacts by attacking and damaging the digestive tract, which leads to malabsorption and malnutrition. Treatment for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance is complete avoidance of foods containing gluten.
The gluten-free diet consists of foods that do not contain any wheat, barley or rye or their derivatives. This means avoiding most conventional baked goods, pasta and processed foods. People with celiac disease and gluten intolerance have to carefully read labels of most processed food items to make sure they are safe to eat. In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration passed a law requiring food manufacturers to clearly label items that contain wheat, and to indicate products that are gluten-free.
Nestle Toll House Butterscotch Chips
To help you identify gluten-free products, Nestle provides a list of its gluten-free products. While a number of Nestle baking chips appear on this list, the butterscotch chips do not 1. According to the ingredients list on the package, Nestle Toll House Butterscotch Chips contain barley protein, a source of gluten, and is therefore not gluten-free 13. No matter what the food item, previously gluten-free or not, it is best to check the ingredients list and packaging periodically, because ingredients and manufacturing can change.
While Toll House does not provide a gluten-free butterscotch chip, you can always substitute the butterscotch chips for chips that are gluten-free, such as the semi-sweet chocolate or Premier White Morsels 13. Or, you can find a gluten-free brand of butterscotch chips 3. Currently, Hershey's and Kroger brands of butterscotch chips are gluten-free, according to the website Celiac.com 23.
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