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Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping for Beginners

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Going gluten-free does not have to be complicated.

In fact, you probably consume more products that don't contain gluten than you realize. You may be pleasantly surprised when you hear there’s not much you’ll have to give up if you're transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle.  Intrigued?  Good, because we have the top ten gluten-free “must buy” foods for your next grocery shopping trip.  Are any of these items already on your usual list?

  • Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • Skinny Pop (popcorn)
  • Quinoa
  • Wild Rice or Brown Rice
  • Enjoy Life Plentils
  • Live Smart Raw Energy Bars
  • Almonds, Walnuts, & Cashews
  • Better Batter Gluten Free Flour
  • Chickpeas (and gluten-free hummus!)
  • Brad’s Raw Kale Chips

What makes these items gluten-free?  Gluten is actually a protein found in certain grains such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and triticale. Breads, baked goods, cereals, soups, sauces, and pastas often use processed forms of these grains and therefore contain gluten.  For gluten-sensitive individuals, consuming these products can cause damage to their intestines, resulting in painful symptoms like nausea, bloating, or diarrhea. 

If you’re playing with the option of going gluten free (intolerant or not), make sure you do it right (yes, you can do it wrong) by following these five tips:

  • Gluten-free is not synonymous for healthy. Gluten-free cookies, chips, and other sweet or savory treats should not be the majority of your diet.
  • Swap gluten-containing grains (wheat, barley, rye, etc.), for naturally gluten-free options like quinoa and brown rice.
  • Read past the label claims and zone in on the ingredients — these tell the truth about a product.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for excessive amounts of added sugars and artificial flavors or preservatives — these ingredients lack any nutritional benefit.
  • Eat your fruits and veggies — you’ve heard this a thousand times before and we’re saying it again, because it’s that important.