Since product ingredients can change at any time, CeliacCorner refrains from including “lists” of individual products considered to be gluten-free. Instead, we have listed manufacturer websites and recommend you visit them to obtain the most up-to-date GF food & product listings. We listed manufacturers of products most likely to be found on supermarket shelves, and categorized them by Beverages and Food and yet further by “Mainstream” & Others Certified GF & Organic”. We also listed manufacturer websites by a few specific categories (i.e. candy, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, spirits & supplements).
Tips For Shopping at the Market: Familiarize yourself with the current FDA labeling laws (see Help with Label Reading). Shop the perimeter of the store which usually contains the fresh fruits and vegetables, produce, dairy and organic products. Most of the packaged and processed foods, many of which contain gluten, are in the middle aisles. Gluten-free food is generally located along-side the packaged organic items. Be careful not to pick up a box of pasta that is labeled organic, thinking it is gluten-free – read labels carefully. Shop before 5:00 pm, and take your cell phone with you, so you can easily ring the manufacturer to check on ingredients while in the store, and not after you have brought the product home (most companies will have closed after 5 pm). If you have a question about an ingredient, and did not get a clarification from the manufacturer, do not buy it. Also begin to make a list of gluten-free products (mainstream or specialty GF) which you have purchased, enjoyed, and did not experience any issues after consuming. Categorize them by beverages, cereals, soups, etc. Have the list with you on your shopping trips so you can guide through the aisles, easily identifying your favorites. Eventually you will not have to take the list with you!
Since the goal now is to become a healthier you, why not consider purchasing less processed and packaged foods which contain empty calories, carbs and enough salt to fill Death Valley. Select more naturally gluten-free items such as fruits & nuts, vegetables, legumes, and salads. Less high carb pasta, and more protein-packed grains such as quinoa, buckwheat and millet. Have a variety of GF rice on hand – brown, jasmine, arborio, and wild. Select breads which are fortified with nutrients, as many gluten-free varieties are not. Indeed, we should be grateful for the ever-growing assortment of gluten-free products now available, just be sure to choose wisely. Sure, keep a few frozen box meals on hand so you will have them in a pinch, but look for varieties which contain organic, natural ingredients. Choose snacks for the car such as raisins, pumpkin seeds, or home-made granola, as opposed to gf pretzels and potato chips. If you are craving something sweet, how about a bar of anti-oxidant filled GF chocolate – you deserve it!
In addition to the great Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide which you can order above, there are also applications to download on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch which list safe gluten-free products. Check out the following:
Allergy & Gluten Free Scanner by Fooducate, Ltd “Discover and discuss gluten, peanuts, soy & other allergens lurking in your groceries”: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allergy-talk-by-fooducate/id518115987?mt=8
GlutenFreeMe (Celiac Sprue Assoc. approved) with over 20,000 gluten-free product listings http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glutenfreeme/id418817630?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Is That Gluten Free: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/is-that-gluten-free/id324483597?mt=8#
and ScanAvert “Detection alarm against ingredients harm” which enables you to scan bar codes http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scanavert-detection-alarm/id362770275?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Read Gluten-Free App Reviews from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: http://www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=6442467101&terms=gluten+free+apps
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