GF Food Shopping Guides
The following resources offer lists of commercial foods that are considered
gluten free. All of the lists should only be considered only as a starting
careful reading of labels should be done each and every time you buy a
The manufacturers can and do change ingredients from time to time. The lists
do not take into account cross-contamination issues (gluten-containing products
produced in the same facilities as the GF products.) Keep in mind that the
safest and healthiest way to eat is to minimize processed foods.
Comment about gluten-free food lists
"The problem with these guides is that the minute they are published they are out-dated. Ingredients change daily, you can't possibly keep up in a printed book. Depending on it keeps you from learning the things you need to know in order to read labels intelligently.
Better to know what the names of ingredients mean, and educate yourself, or take your cell phone to the market with you and do your calling from there.. I think it's the difference between depending on others, or doing the work yourself. (That said, I admit that I used a similar guide for a year or so right after I was diagnosed 10 years ago.)" Barbara IN SoCal to SillyYak group, 5/09
when reading the labels? Click on the "Ingredients - Yes, No, Maybe" above,
or see the Clan Thompson's website common
Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market
They list products that they sell that don't have gluten ingredients.
Gluten-Free Resource Directory
www.Gluten-Free Resource Directory.com
The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) provides a free list of foods that are gluten-free according to the manufacturers. The list is divided into different food categories. Their slogan is "Gluten-free just got a lot easier!".
My Gluten Free Facts is free. The site tells the GF status of the products, and whether they are made on cleaned production lines, dedicated lines, or in GF dedicated facilities. They also allow you to add additional food intolerances. This seems similar to the Clan Thompson shopping guides, but with additional information.
From Denis Robison, cofounder: "Our website is the only resource where companies have agreed to an update schedule and to our GF Status standards. It finally gives us all easy access to some peace of mind, rather than some 'sexy' GF claims that aren't regularly verified. We also account for up to 16 different special diets at once (ex: GFCF). By offering a web-list, you can even access this information in-store by browsing on your handheld." 3/3/09
They list products that they sell that don't have gluten ingredients at www.traderjoes.com/products. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.) This list is also available as a hand-out in every store.
They provide a store specfic gluten free shoping list available at the customer service desk.
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Three different food guides are available: Gluten-Free, Gluten/Casein-Free, and gluten/Casein/Soy-Free. They say they will update them once a year in the spring.
Clan Thompson Food Smartlists
This company sells a food shopping guide for PCs, Palm Handhelds, the Pocket PC 2002, and in booklet form. Once you subscribe to the service in software form, you will receive updates, which are published about every six weeks.
CSA Commercial Product List
This national support group sells a yearly shopping guide.
Diet Support Group
This support group for parents of children in the autism spectrum publishes
a list of gluten free/casein free foods. This shopping list is available
for purchase on the above site.
Gluten Free Me: CSA recently released it's own mobile version of The CSA Gluten-Free Listing 15th Edition. It is available for iTunes and is titled GlutenFreeMe. $9.99. More info,
Gluten-free Watchdog: "I am starting a new website, glutenfreewatchdog.org, to make gluten-free food testing data available to
consumers." Tricia Thompson, MS RD "The Gluten-Free Dietition" $4.99 monthly fee to subscribe.
This company sells a GF Dining Guide and well as a GF Grocery Guide. Also available is the easy-to-use iPhone app "GF Groceries".
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