gluten free diet

By Mary Frances Pickett


Shopping For Gluten Free Foods

April 23, 2010

When you first set out on a gluten free lifestyle, you may wonder – where should I shop? Do I need to go to a specialty or health food store? Do I need to look for foods specially marked ‘gluten free’? Fortunately shopping for gluten free foods is fairly easy and straightforward. In this article we’ll give you a gluten free foods list, give you some ideas on where to shop and how to save on shipping costs. By the end of this article you’ll be armed with the information you need to find your favorite gluten free recipes, and maybe find a few new options as well.

A List of Gluten Free Foods

Since most foods are gluten free, the full list of gluten free foods is quite extensive. Here is a list broken down by category.

Fruits and fruit juice: All are gluten free
Vegetables: All are gluten free
Nuts: All are gluten free
Meats: All are gluten free
Milk, cheese, cream, butter: All are gluten free
Oils (vegetable, olive, sunflower): All are gluten free
Beans and Peas: All are gluten free

Gluten-Free Grains:
Wild Rice

Shop Locally

One of the great things about shopping at local stores is personal recommendations. If you go to a local gluten free store or health store, often employees can steer you toward popular products. Some stores even have samples of foods. Some stores, Trader Joe’s for example, will allow you to return any house product (Trader Joe’s brand) for a full refund if you don’t like it. What a great way to try new gluten free foods risk free!

Gluten Free Foods Online

The internet is an amazing shopping resource, particularly when you’re searching for specific products. Not only can you find ingredients list and particular nutritional values on most popular brands of foods, but a huge variety of gluten free retailers exist online. Whether you want to order gluten free flour from Bob’s Red Mill or you’re looking for gluten free pasta, chances are you’ll find it in just a few clicks.

If you do decide to order online, look for special offers for shipping. Some retailers will ship for free if you purchase enough product. If you order a lot at one time, but less often, you can save a fair amount on shipping alone.

As you can see, the variety of foods that you can eat while maintaining a gluten free diet is huge. The primary areas that are impacted are grains and products containing grains. With the introduction of so many gluten free baking products, finding substitutes is becoming easier every day. By learning a few shopping techniques you will quickly be able to find everything you need from gluten free pizza dough to gluten free soy sauce.


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