Celiac disease is serious business, folks. It’s not a fad diet. It’s an autoimmune disease that can be devastating if the person is not on a strict gluten free diet. This is not a weight loss program, nor is gluten an enemy to everyone. May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month so I want to bring to light the disease as well as some must have grocery shopping tools.
It’s estimated that 1 out 133 Americans have celiac disease and 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Please see the difference in this great graphic by Celiaccentral.org
If you are on a gluten free diet for medical reasons, use these 8 easy tips when shopping gluten free.
1. Buy more fresh foods.
2. Don’t bypass the aisles. Look for certified gluten free products, especially in the baking section, cereal and snack aisles, and frozen sections.
3. If you buy deli meats, buy certified gluten free meats and see if they have a designated slicer for it to help decrease cross contamination.
4. Check out your retailer’s website for a gluten free product list or contact the manufacturer. You will need to read Gluten Free Resources at Your Supermarket to help you.
5. Read your labels! Look for hidden sources of gluten. The Celiac Disease Foundation has a comprehensive list.
6. Look for the certified gluten free labels on products. The Celiac Sprue Association, the Gluten Intolerance Group, and National Foundation of Celiac Awareness all have certifications. FDA is currently in the proposal stage of gluten free labeling.
7. Wheat free doesn’t mean gluten free. Rye and barley still have gluten and can be in wheat free products.
8. Save your receipts and you can get a tax deduction with a medical diagnosis of celiac disease. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has the information here.
Do you follow a gluten free diet? What are your tips or favorite finds? Find out favorite gluten free finds of supermarket dietitians.
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Celiac Disease Foundation
National Foundation of Celiac Awareness
The Gluten Free Diet by Shelley Case, RD