Which Brands of Bottled Juices Are Gluten-Free?

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Fruit juice—which obviously is made from fruit, not grains—should be gluten-free. With few exceptions, products made from 100% fruit juice should be safe for those of us following the gluten-free diet to enjoy.

However, this question gets trickier when you start to consider "juice drinks," which usually contain only a small percentage of actual fruit juice, included along with a long list of added ingredients. These "fruit drink" products are more processed (which increases the risks for gluten cross-contamination), and occasionally may even include gluten-containing ingredients such as barley, very occasionally used as a sweetener.

Therefore, even though most fruit drinks are safe, you do need to be careful when choosing a fruit juice-based beverage.

Safe gluten-free brands of juice include:

  • Dole
  • Lakewood Juices
  • Minute Maid
  • Ocean Spray
  • Simply Orange
  • Tropicana
  • Welch's
  • V8

Note that bottled orange juice is gluten-free, even if it includes added ingredients such as calcium and vitamin D.

Gluten-Free Bottled Juice List

Here's the list of commonly available juice products in the United States, along with whether they're considered gluten-free or not:

  • Dole. Dole makes numerous canned and chilled juices, plus frozen juice concentrates. Flavors include pineapple, orange, mango, plus blends incorporating strawberry, papaya, banana, passion fruit, and carrot juices. According to the company, none of its juices contains gluten.
  • Lakewood Juices. These organic and premium 100% fruit juices are produced and bottled in a gluten-free facility, according to the company. They're also casein-free and free of genetically modified organisms.
  • Minute Maid. Minute Maid, which includes various 100% fruit juices plus several lemonades and juice drinks, is made by the Coca-Cola Co. According to Coke's gluten-free list, all 100% Minute Maid juice products are gluten-free. Minute Maid Lemonade, Light Lemonade, Pomegranate Blueberry, Pomegranate Lemonade, Pomegranate Flavored Tea, and Juice Bars in orange, cherry and grape flavors all are considered gluten-free to less than 20 ppm in the U.S.
  • Ocean Spray. Ocean Spray, which makes a reliably gluten-free cranberry sauce, also makes a wide variety of cranberry-flavored and other fruit-flavored beverages. According to Ocean Spray's frequently asked questions, Ocean Spray has queried its ingredient suppliers and determined that its beverages and sauces are free from gluten (some of its other products—notably, the chocolate-covered Craisins—do contain gluten). However, the Ocean Spray statement adds, "if you have a particularly acute sensitivity to gluten in foods, we suggest you consult your physician for his or her recommendation."
  • Simply Orange. Pure juices from Simply Orange (another Coca-Cola subsidiary) are considered gluten-free in the U.S., as are the flavors Simply Orange Juice Medium Pulp with Calcium, Simply Orange with Mango, Simply Orange with Pineapple, Simply Apple, Simply Grapefruit, Simply Lemonade, Simply Limeade, and Simply Lemonade with Raspberry.
  • Sunkist. Sunkist, made by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, makes carbonated beverages that some would consider sodas, while others would consider fruit punches. There are nine flavors of soda and four additional flavors of lemonade, including Fruit Punch, Sparkling Limeade, Sparkling Lemonade, and Sunkist's original Orange soda. All are gluten-free to 20 parts per million, according to the company. Dr. Pepper Snapple only makes one product that contains gluten: its Mr. & Mrs. T's Horseradish Bloody Mary Mix.
  • Tropicana. Tropicana told us in an email that all its products, "including Trop 50, are naturally gluten-free."
  • V8. Known for its trademark tomato-based vegetable juice, V8 is made by the Campbell Soup Company. V8 actually makes numerous different juices, including pure fruit juices and blends. The company states that none of its products contain gluten. Its green juices contain spinach (not wheatgrass, which often is found in these types of products).
  • Welch's juices. This grape-centric company makes 100% fruit juices, fruit fizz, sparkling beverages, and juice cocktail blends. According to Welch's gluten statement, the only Welch products that contain gluten (in the form of wheat) are Welch's Filled Licorice products, which are not juices.

Juice Brands That Aren't Considered Safe

Several brands of juice do not guarantee their gluten-free status, even if they don't contain obvious gluten ingredients. These include:

  • Capri Sun. These juices and juice concentrates, mainly aimed at kids, come from a Kraft subsidiary. Kraft does not label many products gluten-free but has a stated policy of always calling out any gluten sources on its labels. Therefore, check the label of any Capri Sun product you're considering purchasing to determine if it contains gluten ingredients or not. Remember, however, that cross-contamination in the factory due to shared facilities or equipment still can be an issue with Kraft products. If you're sensitive to trace gluten, you may want to exercise caution.
  • Country Time Lemonade. Country Time is another Kraft subsidiary, so check the label of Country Time products to see if gluten ingredients were used. The same caveat applies with the risk of gluten cross-contamination.
  • FUZE. These fruit drinks with vitamins are made by the Coca-Cola Co. They had been considered gluten-free previously, but no longer appear on Coca-Cola's gluten-free list. Note that FUZE iced tea does appear on that gluten-free list.
  • IZZE. IZZE makes sparking juice, fortified juice, and sparkling soda. According to the company, "While our company does not currently make gluten-free label claims, none of the ingredients in our products are derived from grains or flours that have been linked to malabsorption syndrome associated with gluten sensitivity."
  • Kool Aid. Kool Aid is yet another Kraft subsidiary, so check the labels of these rainbow-colored drinks and drink mixes to see if gluten ingredients were used to make them, and be mindful of the potential risk of cross-contamination.
  • R.W. Knudsen. This company makes a wide variety of higher-priced 100% juices and juice blends. According to R.W. Knudsen's Frequently Asked Questions, only two products (Spritzer sparkling beverages and Recharge Sports Beverage mixes) are considered gluten-free. "The remainder of our products do not contain ingredients derived from gluten; however, these products do not meet our established criteria for a "gluten-free" claim for one or more reasons," the company says.

    A Word From Verywell

    As you can see, people who follow the gluten-free diet because they have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity have a wide variety of choices in juices and juice blends.

    Remember, though, this list applies only to products purchased in the U.S.—companies can (and frequently do) use different formulas and different facilities to produce products in other countries. When in doubt about a particular product's gluten status, especially in a country outside the U.S., contact the manufacturer directly.

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    Article Sources
    • Celiac Disease Foundation. What Should I Eat? Fact Sheet.