Gluten-Free Diets – Navigating the Grocery Store

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Celiac expert Pam Cureton discusses what you need to know to navigate the grocery store when you are shopping for gluten-free foods. She describes the allergen labeling law and how that can help you when shopping for gluten-free food choices.

    Pam Cureton: Hi! I am Pam Cureton, registered Dietitian at the University of Maryland, Center for Celiac Research.

    Today, in Partnership with General Mills, I am talking about how to eat gluten-free, healthfully. And now I am going to teach you how to navigate the grocery store when shopping gluten-free.

    Finding those foods has become easier, thanks to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act which was enacted in 2006. This Act requires the top 8 allergens, including wheat to be identified on food labels, if they are used in any ingredient or part of any ingredient. So wheat is no longer a hidden ingredient.

    If the product contains wheat, it will appear next to the ingredient in parentheses or under the contains statement. To avoid choosing foods that contain gluten you'll just need to know five words; a Wheat, Barley, and from barley comes Malt, Rye and Oats, unless the oats are labeled gluten-free. Always check labels as ingredients can change overtime.

    You don't have to give up all your favorite foods as there are a growing number of delicious gluten-free products on the market. There are more than 2000 gluten-free foods in the US grocery stores.

    I hope this information will help you navigate at the grocery store for some delicious gluten-free options.