There are laws in place that require companies to clearly disclose whether there are ingredients containing major food allergens, including wheat, in their products. Unfortunately there is no requirement to disclose shared equipment or facilities (although some companies do voluntarily provide this information on their packaging). On top of all that, while wheat is a major allergen, gluten is not, so you still have to watch out for items like malt, barley, rye etc on the ingredient lists even if it doesn’t contain wheat. As I said, a total minefield!
You can contact manufacturers and ask them directly about their gluten-free status and hope that they care enough to give you a complete and honest answer, but who has the time for that? Just get Triumph’s Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide!
Triumph Dining contacts food-manufacturing companies to inquire about the gluten-free status of their products and publishes their findings in an annual Grocery Guide (currently in its 5th edition). The guide includes 44,000 gluten-free products from 3,300 brand names, laid out in an organized manner with useful symbols to note the varying types of gluten-free claims.
While the Grocery Guide is very comprehensive, please be aware that you should still check labels carefully as manufacturers can change ingredients or facilities at any time – you always have to be the last line of defense!
The guide can be purchased for $27.95 on the Triumph website, or you can come visit me at the Triumph table at Raleigh’s first Gluten-Free Expo on August 12th and buy it for a discounted price of just $20! It’s a great resource for those of us on a gluten-free diet, and would also make a great gift for our loved ones who have to try to feed us
I will be selling other Triumph products as well, so be sure to stop by and check it out if you come to the expo!
I know I’ve been pretty quiet this week – I got caught up visiting with my family and didn’t take the time to post, but I did go to a couple new fitness classes with my mom that I plan to tell you all about tomorrow!