Reviewed by the BioHackers Lab Team | Last updated: June 19, 2023

Yes, sugar is gluten free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some other grains like barley and rye. Raw sugar is a simple carbohydrate that can be digested without causing any issues for people with coeliac disease or with gluten intolerance.

A bowl of colored sugar cubes
Bowl of sugar and colored sugar cubes

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The granulated sugar or sugar cubes that you use are typically produced from either sugar cane or sugar beet plants which are both gluten-free. However, when sugar is added to products like sweet snakes, cakes and pastries those products might have been made from wheat flour, which does contain gluten. Always read each product’s list of ingredients to see if any of those ingredients contain gluten.

Are All Types of Sugar Gluten Free?

All types of raw sugar made from sugar beet and sugar cane sources are gluten free; they are safe for people with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease to consume and not get a gluten reaction.

The exception is for Confectioners’ sugar (also known as powdered sugar or icing sugar) on some occasions.

Confectioners’ sugar is usually gluten-free, but it can sometimes contain gluten when wheat starch is used for anti-caking. It is important to read the ingredients list before enjoying confectioners’ sugar to ensure no gluten is present.

Other types of added sugars like sugar normally do not contain gluten except for barley malt syrup, which does contain gluten.

Type of SugarDescriptionGluten-Free?
Granulated sugarCommon white sugar, table sugar, or refined sugar used in households and bakingYes
Caster sugarFiner version of granulated sugar, often used in baking for its ability to dissolve quicklyYes
Confectioners’ sugarFinely ground sugar mixed with a small amount of cornstarch to prevent clumpingUsually*
Brown sugarMade from sugar cane, contains molasses, giving it a distinct flavor and colorYes
Cane sugarExtracted from sugar cane, less processed than granulated sugar with a slightly larger crystalYes
Demerara sugarRaw cane sugar with large, amber-colored crystals and a slightly toffee-like flavorYes
Turbinado sugarRaw sugar with large, light brown crystals, less processed than granulated sugarYes
Muscovado sugarMinimally processed sugar with a strong molasses flavor and a moist, sticky textureYes
Corn syrupLiquid sweetener derived from cornstarch, often used in processed foods and beveragesYes
High fructose corn syrupLiquid sweetener derived from cornstarch, sweeter than corn syrup, used in processed foods and beveragesYes
Maple syrupNatural sweetener derived from the concentration of maple tree sapYes
HoneySweet fluid made by honeybees using the nectar of flowering plantsYes
MolassesViscous substance resulting from refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugarYes
Agave nectarSweetener made from the agave plant, high in fructose and sweeter than honeyYes
Rice syrupSweet syrup made from the starch of riceYes
Barley malt syrupSweetener made from sprouted barley, containing around 65% maltose and 30% complex carbohydrateNo
Sorghum syrupSyrup made from the sweet juice of the sorghum plantYes
Table of Added Sugars and if they are gluten free or not.


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