People in the gluten-free community are accustomed to finding hidden gluten in everyday products, and that’s why when someone in my community told me she thought Pam cooking spray made her sick, I wanted to investigate. I also tested Pam for hidden gluten using my Nima Sensor. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
If you’re following a gluten-free diet free from wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats, then you might be curious if cooking sprays contain hidden gluten, including the popular Pam cooking spray and Pure & Simple cooking spray sold at Costco.
Pam Cooking Spray is Gluten-Free, but Pam Baking Spray is Not
Fortunately, according to the product label and company website, Pam Original cooking spray contains no gluten ingredients.
I also tested Pam Original cooking spray for hidden gluten with my Nima Sensor, a portable gluten-detecting device. Nima smiled, which meant it didn’t find any gluten.
While Pam Original cooking spray is free from gluten, Pam Baking spray is NOT. It’s made with wheat flour, which is clearly disclosed on the ingredient label and “Contains” statement, as shown below.
Baker’s Joy Cooking Spray Contains Wheat
Another cooking spray that contains wheat flour is Baker’s Joy cooking spray. Baker’s Joy says on the cover of its product, “Baking Spray with Flour,” and clearly discloses wheat flour as an ingredient and in its “Contains” statement, as shown below.
Pure & Simple Cooking Spray is GF
I use Pure & Simple cooking spray the most because it’s sold in a two-pack at Costco for a great price. It doesn’t contain any gluten ingredients. I also tested it for hidden gluten with my Nima Sensor, and Nima didn’t find any gluten.
A “Cleaner” Cooking Spray Option
If you’re looking for a cleaner cooking spray option and one made without propellant, I recommend Chosen Food’s Avocado Oil spray. It’s made from 100 percent expeller pressed pure avocado oil and has a 500º smoke point, making it one of the best oils for high-heat cooking and baking.
While I use Chosen Food avocado oil often, I find after 2-3 uses, the spray turns into a stream. It also doesn’t have nearly the non-stick power the cooking sprays made with propellant have. When I roast potatoes, chicken wings, or other foods that stick to my baking sheet, Chosen Foods cooking spray doesn’t cut it.
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