Traversing the Grocery Store Gluten-Free

Traversing the Grocery Store Gluten-Free
By Maureen Stanley, Associate Editor

I remember when I first went gluten-free; I would spend hours at the grocery store.   Fear not!  You can easily tackle gluten-free food shopping with some important tips in mind:  

  • Do your research and create a list before you shop.  Compile a “cheat sheet” of what is gluten-free before hitting the supermarket and bring your reference guide with you.
  • Stop by the customer service desk.  Many grocery stores are now providing a list of gluten-free products they carry in store.  Some stores even have a downloadable version you can access online. 
  • Shop the perimeter of the store.  Naturally gluten-free fruits and veggies, meats, poultry, fish and dairy products can be found in the outer aisles of most grocery stores.
  • Explore the inner aisles for gluten-free finds such as canned goods, rice, corn tortillas, Chex gluten-free cereal, Betty Crocker gluten-free cake, cookie and brownie mixes, and gluten-free Bisquick.
  • Speak to the store manager.  Is there a certain gluten-free food that you are wishing your store would carry?  Talk to the manager and ask to fill out a product request form.
  • Read all labels.  As time consuming as it may be, reading ingredient labels is the one way you can make absolutely certain if a product is gluten-free. 
  • Shop during non-peak times.  If at all possible, plan to do your shopping during a time when your grocery store is not busy (early morning, late evening, weekdays).  You’ll feel less pressured when the aisles aren’t jam packed with frenzied shoppers. 


5 comments (Add your own)

1. Rachel wrote:
I must have spent 3-4 hours the first time I was doing GF grocery shopping! Great article.

Thu, December 22, 2011 @ 6:22 PM

2. Sharon wrote:
Unfortunately, CHEX is laden with sugar and low in fibre. This is often the problem. However, just picked up gluten-free rice krispies.Now the Bisquick I will check out..had to withdraw from tea biscuits when diagnosed with celiac. Thanks

Thu, March 1, 2012 @ 5:21 PM

3. John wrote:
Call me wind bescuae I am absolutely blown away.

Thu, March 22, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

4. Gluten Martyr! wrote:
There's no doubt about it the real challenge is the time required to trawl thru the supermarkets & grocers, reading labels generally fighig uphill battle to find gluten free. That's why I use the internet.

Thu, November 8, 2012 @ 9:05 AM

5. susan_az wrote:
The best tip is this one:
Shop the perimeter of the store. Naturally gluten-free fruits and veggies, meats, poultry, fish and dairy products can be found in the outer aisles of most grocery stores.

YES!!! This is what I tell everyone when they say they're gluten-free and don't know what to eat or where to start. I also tell people who ask me, "what can you eat?" This is the safest and healthiest way to go - eat what God created naturally (along the perimeter - fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry and fish). Before all these processed GF products came out, that is what I did and still do.

Sat, December 22, 2012 @ 3:20 PM

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