Gluten Free Shopping
Eating gluten free, while always a challenge, is becoming easier all the time. A variety of local stores and online shopping websites carry gluten free products.
It is becoming less of a challenge to determine which mainstream products are gluten free. See below for where you can obtain lists of mainstream gluten free products. You have to purchase some lists, while others can be downloaded for free.
The new labeling law that went into effect January 2006 also helps. Remember it only requires that wheat be labeled. A product could still have barley, rye or oats as an ingredient. This makes it possible that a product labeled "Wheat Free" will not necessarily be "Gluten Free".
Because manufacturers change product formulations all the time, it is best to read the label every time you use a product. Do so even if it was fine the last time you used it. If in doubt, do not use it.
The website Gluten Free in San Diego has some excellent pages of web links to mainstream manufacturer's gluten free lists, a list of the manufacturer's that declare all gluten (see above comment on wheat free versus gluten free.) and reading labels.
There are many places that you may purchase gluten free items. Here are some that we have visited and/or have come to our meetings in the past with samples. We do not recommend one over another, but provide this information so that you may find one that is close to you and work with them on items you would like to purchase: