Is Tea Gluten-Free?

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Tea is gluten-free by nature, but it’s important to define what “tea” is. This refers to the tea plant only (Camellia Sinensis), which is used to make traditional black, oolong or green teas like English Breakfast or Earl Grey. Often we use the term “tea” to describe herbal infusions which have no actual tea in them. Make sure you read those labels carefully. Also, any tea that has added elements (toasted rice, seeds, berries, flowers, etc) should be looked at closely. Check out The Republic of Tea for worry-free sippin’.


  • Amanda Grace

    I really appreciate this blog!

    Thought I’d pipe in because this tea article could use a little more detail.. Tea is indeed a specific plant used to make black, oolong, green, or white teas (the differences depend primarily on the age of the leaves and the various ways they’re dried and processed). Breakfast teas (like English Breakfast) are typically black teas (probably because black teas contain more caffeine than the other varieties). Earl Grey is a very strong tea infused with bergamot, and it’s usually black tea, but I’ve also seen green. All of those are likely to be gluten free, but check labels if you suspect any flavoring has been added.

    Herbal teas are a whole different animal as they can have almost anything in them, so read labels carefully! I HAVE seen malt in herbal teas before. I personally tend to steer clear of anything that uses “flavoring”, opting instead for natural infusion of unaltered ingredients (usually combinations of teas and other dried herbs flavored with fruits or spices)..

    • theglutenfreebar

      Great information, thanks so much Amanda!

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