Your Favorite Gluten Free Foods Are…?

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The Gluten Free product category has been booming in recent years, reaching close to $3 Billion in sales last year. Although less than 1% of Americans suffer from Celiac disease, 5-10% of Americans report that going gluten free has eased a myriad of gastro symptoms and improved the quality of their lives. While Celiac disease can be diagnosed by blood tests, biopsies or both, the only truly reliable test for gluten sensitivity is a trial elimination of gluten to determine if symptoms disappear.

Some food industry experts contend that gluten free is a fad that will disappear in a matter of a few years. Scientists too, have their doubt as to a growing epidemic of gluten sensitivity. See a guest post here by Dr. David Katz on the matter – Is Gluten Free just a Fad?

But here at Fooducate, one of the most frequent requests we get from the community is to provide information about gluten content of products we grade, as well as recommendations for gluten free alternatives to foods people look up. We’re working on this and we’d like to ask for your help.

If you are currently living a gluten free life, what are your favorite foods?

What GF brands do you buy? Would your recommend them?

Please share in the comments below.

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  • Phinemamma

    Gluten intolerance is not a fad. They modified grains to have much more gluten then it should. It’s here to stay in my house. Here’s our favs: Pamela ‘s baking mix, Enviro kids bars, Chex, gf Rice Crispies, Bobs Red Mill flours and oats, ener-g breads, Van’s waffled and Udi ‘s baked goods. I use Pamela’s mix to bake muffins and cookies as buying baked goods can be much more expensive. It ‘s good to have options though too.

  • Rose
    • http://www.meyouhealth.com/ Alicia B.

      Rose, as a fellow IIN graduate, I can help you understand social media and how to respond to blog posts beyond posting a random link. It’s not a favorable exercise, as it’s perceived as spam.

  • Home Cooked Healthy

    For our family living gluten-free is a way of life.  We do not have Celiac disease but are using it to battle cancer and other health issues.  It is amazing how it has helped.  Since we also eat sugar-free many of the premade gluten-free products are off the market for us because they are LOADED with sugars – perhaps to make up for the lack of glutens?  We make many items from scratch in easy and quick recipes.  Some of the gluten products that we do purchase premade are: salsas, organic blue corn chips, plain organic yogurts then add fruit and stevia, most organic canned beans, etc.  With a bit of planning each week it’s easy to whip up some great and healthy meals for your family without a lot of work.

  • Brian

    I’ve greatly reduced my gluten intake over the last year, and am about 30 pounds lighter partially because of it. 

    It’s not really a fad when you consider what we should be eating a whole foods diet. There aren’t many gluten containing foods when you look at it that way. Everyone’s gluten consumption would go down if people ate that way. Sure, you still might eat sprouted whole wheat bread, or spaghetti, but all the gluten containing snack foods would be out the door!

  • Mamasimpson4

    It’s not a fad. Going gf has been a life saver for both my husband and my son. I do not buy a lot of prepackaged foods but when I do I go for enjoy life and kinnikinik brand. I also buy bobs reds mill flour because it’s most affordable.

  • judy simon

    fresh organic fruit, fresh organic vegetables, local organic meat and poultry…

  • http://twitter.com/ms_munchie Ms. Munchie

    I can totally believe the idea that gluten intolerance is on the rise due to GMO wheat! 

    • Gluda

      It is not GMO wheat you should blame for ,but WHEAT. Wheat is a man made food. It was desined long ago by human beings for convinience reason.  No more hunting.Wheat also barley,corn  grew next to your door.
      Actually there is much more HEALTHY cereals  than NOT.
      MILLET, QUINOA!!!!!,Bukweat,AMARANTH.I boil quinoa than add cottage cheese +dry apricots or raisins+ulmonds( crushed). Mix and bake in oven for 5-10 min. Use honey instead if sugar. EXpensive! HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!

  • KelleeSays

    No, we don’t have Celiac, but yes, we’re gluten free. The GF diet has been the best “cure” for my family’s allergy & GI issues. Interestingly, other long term health problems went away after going GF. I’m a believer!

  • http://profiles.google.com/foxyfoxfamily Valerie Fox

    My husband is GF (among other things).  We don’t buy any of the pre-packaged “gluten free” products.  They all seem to have soy (which even if my husband wasn’t sensitive to, we would still avoid)  and sugars.  Our staples are meat, fresh produce, brown rice & quinoa.  It’s not a wide variety of foods, but the health benefits for my husband have been remarkable.  Years of suffering through what Dr’s decided was all in his head… all made better by changing his diet. (and we didn’t eat bad before.  I cooked from scratch and bought very, very little boxed items) 

    • http://www.meyouhealth.com/ Alicia B.

      I’m anti-soy. I don’t like how it’s crept its way into everything, pretty much. Good for you for being vigilant against it. 

      • Cathy

        What’s wrong with soy?!

        • http://www.meyouhealth.com/ Alicia B.

          Cathy, there is just too much alarming research about soy’s effect on the female body and her hormones to warrant me having it in my diet at all. The only time I’ll eat soy is if it’s traditional miso, and even then… well, it’s in small doses. It’s not worth the risk. Plus, I’ve found that my body doesn’t know how to digest it and it causes IBS flare ups.

        • Quest

          Cathy, do you know that soy also has gluten?

          • Audrey

            Soy does NOT have gluten!

    • Alta

      We do the same. I am gluten-free, and while my husband and stepkids are not, we rarely eat packaged foods, and our staples are fresh meats, veggies, nuts, and some fruits, with limited amounts of gluten-free grains such as brown rice and quinoa. I do bake from time to time with gluten-free flours, and am thankful that the testing and labeling is getting better (still has a long way to go) but for us, this is not a fad. I don’t have celiac disease, but I have a high sensitivity to gluten and dairy. My entire family has it – my dad is diagnosed celiac. Cooking from scratch has allowed my gut to heal and for me to regain health.

  • Pearsonsjunk

    Three of us have been diagnosed Celiac in the past two years. Eating “real” food has dramatically changed our lives. I thought we were eating healthy. But it was by following the government guidelines and doctors orders to eat more whole grain/ whole wheat breads, pastas, cereals and crackers that we became VERY sick. By “real” food I mean it doesn’t have a label. When we do want a treat, we will splurge at our local gluten free bakery. We do like the occasional Glutino crackers and Udi’s bread products.

  • Visceralarts

    Gluten Free Bakehouse, Whole Foods Market

    Carol’s Cookies
    4 gluten free varieties
    http://www.carolscookies.com/

    Jessica’s Natural Foods
    Granola
    MI

    Breads from Anna mixes

  • SKK

    We eat whole foods and vegetables and very little processed.  I find that if something is labeled gluten free I ignore it because I don’t trust it.  I trust Bob’s Red Mill, sprouted grains, bins from our local food coop.  When we eat wheat or non-gluten we have allergies, weight gain, headaches.  Found out by not eating ‘white’ what works for us.

    My great grandparents had wheat farms in Kansas and I was raised on good wheat breads and noodles, without additives.  It has been in the last 15 years the issue has been exacerbated.  

    The only thing that makes something a fad is advertising.   

  • Savmj

    Not a scientist, but…aren’t we all technically allergic to wheat???  Our bodies / stomach really haven’t changed in thousands of years.  Some people are more affected by gluten then others.  Same for peanuts, dairy, corn, rice, etc..

  • Mthartwig

    I am a recent gluten free healthy person. Between dropping wheat and diet soda, I shed 25 lbs. it may be a fad for some. But I’m sold! Favorite gluten free awesome food is Beanitos! No corn, no trans fat, no gluten, lots of black bean protein and delightful for all Mexican fare!

  • http://www.meyouhealth.com/ Alicia B.

    I think even when you go GF, you have to be aware of processed foods. So, more often than not, I choose GF grains like quinoa and amarenth… or I splurge on Late July chips with chia seeds baked in. I stay away from the quote-unquote gluten free cookies and snacks… as they’re still as high-cal, low-nutrient as non-GF cookies and snacks.

  • Suzielouwho

    All of the Chex cereals are yummy.  All but the wheat are GF and the honey chex is great!  Appreciate that a big company finally gets that our families want foods that we all like and can eat. 

  • Gretchen @gfedge

    I test a few products and mixes to share with people who seldom cook. Otherwise I develop/modify my own recipes. When you have had gut pain for most of your life and that totally disappear when eliminating gluten you will know this is NOT a fad. It totally changed the way my daughter and I think about food and is the reason that we started our blog The Gluten Free Edge; for people who live on that treacherous edge the way that we do!

  • celiac kitchen support

    It would be amazing if your app could tell us which foods have hidden gluten in them!  For those with celiac it is time consuming to make sure the labels are clear.  It may be a fad for some, but for 1 % of the US population it’s a lifelong mandatory lifestyle.  

    Favorite foods are UDI’s bread, WOW cookies, Bionature pasta (Tinkyada is blah!), annies GF mac and Cheese, Applegate meats (they have chicken nuggets!), nature’s path GF waffles, canyon bakehouse breads, against the grain pizza, gluten free cafe soups, progresso broths, kinnickkinnick donuts.  No luck on tasty crackers…the rice crackers are really not so good.  We eat lots of popcorn and some chips.  Barbara’s GF puffins cereal, enjoy life perky’s crunch flas, erewhon crispy brown rice, we do a dance when the GF rice krispies are in the store but grumble about the mark up, midel ginger snaps, quinoa elbow pasta, Jovial brand pasta, zatarains GF dirty rice mix and jambalya mix, Bakery on main granola, KIND granola and KIND bars, CHEX cereaks, Luna protein bars are better than lara bars and think thin bars are good as well.  Maple grove farms has the best pancake mix, not a fan of pamela’s.  Mi Del has decent ginger snaps.  Haven’t found graham crackers yet.  Always delighted to see new products on the shelves.

    Thank you for adding gluten free to your app.  What a relief!  

  • Terry

    I went gluten free 11 years ago when I was diagnosed with Melanoma.  I think eliminating all harmful foods from the diet during “dis-ease” is not a fad, but a way of life.  I enjoy pancakes, so I use the arrowhead mills gluten free pancake mix.  I also enjoy crackers, so I eat rise crackers and enjoy the San-J Black Sesame Rice Crackers.  I get quinoa pastas and brown rice spaghetti from the bulk bins at my local co-op.  I like the food for life gluten free english muffins.  I really think it is amazing all the gluten free foods out there now, compared to when I went gluten free in 2001!  You can even order gluten free breads/buns and pastas now at some restaurants. 
    This is NOT a fad for me.  It is a way of life and I don’t even miss bread or wheat!

  • Kdostergaard

    I got diagnosed with celiac a few years ago and at the time I found out I wa addicted to my morning bagels and cream cheese. I recently found the udi’s products and they are amazing!!! The glutino…. Not so much

    • Quest

      For people like you, any amount of glutino IS MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fieldsofgold

    I get sick from small amounts of gluten (usually from cross contamination) so when I am buying foods marked gluten free I am always careful to research how they determine this and favour brands that test their products for 20ppm or less such as Kinnickinnick (who has a new line of breads/buns out that you don’t even have to toast and taste great straight out of the freezer! They also make a really tasty maple donut (among other flavours) and a nice personal size thin pizza crust.  I also really like the Applegate farms chicken nuggets and the wholefood m gluten free bakehouse products particularly the blueberry muffins.  Schar  makes my favourite crackers, and I like the Mrs. Crimbles cheese bites for a treat once in a while.

  • Georgianna Reilly

    I’ve been gluten free for over 2 years, and am a blogger at http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/ 

    My favorite gluten free foods are the obvious foods without gluten, not gluten alternatives. Things like fruit, vegatables, nuts, dairy products, most rice etc. are already gluten free. Buying rice and nuts from bulk bins does run the risk of cross contamination though, and some products are also cross contaminated before being packaged.

    Asside from that some of my favorite gluten free alternatives and brands include: Glutino (pretzels, crackers etc.), Blue Diamond Almond Nut thins, LaraBars, San-J soy and tamari sauces, Food Should Taste Good chips, Deep River Snacks Products, Applegate meat and cheeses, Bob’s Red Mill mixes and products, Arrowhead grains (quinoa, Millet, Amarath etc.), Vans gluten free waffles, Gluten Free Cafe soups, Udi’s products, and Shabati brand desserts.

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  • Katrina

    THAT’S IT FRUIT BARS! I am a mother of 2 and I actually do demos for these gluten free bars and I personally stand behind them 100%. My 4 year old is 80% gluten free and I keep them on hand at all times for the family. These bars are awesome because they are raw, Gluten free, GMO free, pesticide free and they are called That’s it because it has 2 servings of ruit and literally nothing else AT ALL! THey’re super yummy too! Here’s the website: http://www.thatsitfruit.com 

  • Laurajojetter

    I have been GF for 4 years for medical reasons; highly allergic. it’s incredibly frustrating people use it as a fad diet and have not done their reaserch. GF processed foods include much more fat, calories and overal less healthy ingredients. unless you stick to the basic GF staples, raw meats, veggies and fruits reaserch is key!! The GF community highly appreciates having “normal” food options but we need healthier versions of these foods. What’s on the market is so processed, full of chemicals and sugar you feel bad for putting it in your body. And any true GF person who must use this diet for medical and health issues knows it doesn’t necessarily help you manage weight. if you choose to eat the processed foods to substain normalcy you will notice in your waist.

  • Laurajojetter

    most people don’t know what being Gluten Free actually means. being GF means no barley, malt, rye or wheat ever with out serious health risk (if your intolerant or a Celiac) most people who think gluten free is a weight loss diet are just cut back or out carbs I.e. breads, pastas, noodles. research people!!!

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  • Candersson

    I have kids on the diet so they are picky eaters. Bell and Evans GF chicken products are THE BEST. I love them too. UDI’s bread saved me the trouble of baking.

  • heather

    I have been recently diagnosed and I am noticing on your app that things that are labeled gluten free by manufactures are in your app as containing gluten. Why is this. Aren’t there guidelines they have to follow in order to put gluten free on their packaging? And in their ingredients? I am concerned for this. Please respond to my concerns!!

    • heather

      P.S. I am so sensitive I cannot eat nuts processed in the same facility. Please clarify!!