When researching this issue anew, I ran across this highly technical article by the F.D.A.
The article, essentially, doesn't make mono and diglycerides sound very appealing, and also says that they can be a factor in hardening of the arteries.
I also consulted the Gluten Intolerance Group website. A Quick Reference Guide on that site does not list mono and diglycerides as a verboten ingredient; however, I know that in the past mono and diglycerides were included in various lists of ingredients for gluten free folks to avoid.
So, back to the central issue. I came across an article on the Leaftv website about different national brands of heavy whipping cream; it listed four, including Land 'O Lakes.
Land 'O Lakes® heavy whipping cream -- according to its website (I accessed on September 7, 2017) -- includes heavy cream as the first ingredient (no surprise there!), and then skim milk. Also included in the ingredient list are less than 1% of three substances, including mono and diglycerides and carrageenan.
As a sidenote, the Land 'O Lakes® website features four pages of gluten free recipes.
When I e-mailed Land 'O Lakes, they provided the following:
"Our Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream does not contain wheat, barley, oats, rye, or malt, which are considered sources of gluten proteins. To the best of our knowledge, our products are free of gluten."
I will email Land O Lakes® again, as I am curious about why I do not see a "gluten free" designation on the heavy whipping in my local store. But I am happy to have received a response. More later!
Throughout this website, please note that unless a post is extremely recent, it is always a good idea to call or check the website re gluten free status (this is sometimes easier said than done; hence, I have attempted to complete some of the legwork for you!!)
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