This part of my life began when my very sick partner was diagnosed with Celiac. Even the slightest exposure to gluten can make him very ill for several days, so I have pursued gluten-free options with thorough aggression. In the U.S. a recent surge of gluten awareness means we have more choices than ever, but it still means hunting and analyzing and tracking down parent companies. After several years now of doing so, I want to share my tricks and tips with others who are still struggling.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Gluten Free Resources: Cecelia's Marketplace Guide
This is the mother and father of all gluten-free resources! I don't even know how I managed to feed us before we found this book. It is an annual publications (with updates posted on the website as information changes) that simply lists every gluten-free store shelf item they could get information on. It tags items that are manufactured on shared equipment, in "also processes" facilities. Getting this book means no more long Google sessions trying to track down gluten information on products, or hours on hold waiting for customer service to say "what's gluten?". The guide includes pet foods, toiletries (shampoos, soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, etc.), and over the counter medications and supplements as well as thousands of food products. It is compact and fits in a purse or glove compartment for accessibility.
The down side is that the guide is produced in and aimed at U.S. products. Some companies have different gluten guidelines and manufacturing processes based on location, so the information for the U.S. may not be reliable outside it.