Following a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean that whatever food you choose that is gluten-free is going to be healthy. Some gluten-free specialty food items may be healthy and contain good ingredients, while others may contain higher amounts of sugar, fat and ingredients you can’t pronounce. It is important to get whole grains in your diet and that can be more difficult with the gluten-free diet, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of gluten-free whole grains to choose from and many companies are now using them in their gluten-free products.
Van’s International Foods, Inc has been a great source for gluten-free breakfast items for years now. They have a commitment to simple, high-quality, wholesome ingredients, making their gluten-free products a smart choice. Below you can find some tips from Van’s on what to look for when choosing products in the grocery store.
- Gluten-free certification from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. This program of the Gluten Intolerance Group requires a higher standard for gluten-free products than the guidelines recently set by the Food and Drug Administration. The GFCO combines the process of stringent supplier and ingredient audits with regular on-site monitoring and inspections to ensure standards are met and to provide consumers added assurance about manufacturer compliance.
- Whole Grain Stamp. People following a gluten-free diet can still enjoy the recommended 48 grams or more per day of healthy whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth, teff, millet, brown rice and gluten-free oats. The Whole Grains Council educates consumers and provides ease at the shelf for consumers who are looking for good whole-grain options with its official stamp that clearly shows how many grams of whole grains a product contains.
- Simple ingredients. Gluten-free foods should be tasty and nutritious in their own right, without artificial flavors or ingredients often used to make up for lack of gluten. Look for simple, wholesome ingredients like flavorful whole grains and fruit juice for sweetness.
- Other dietary callouts. Some people with gluten sensitivities may have other special dietary needs as well. Look for symbols that indicate if a product is dairy-free, egg-free or corn-free. Other callouts may include kosher or vegan.
Van’s has a wide variety of gluten-free products to choose from. They started out with just gluten-free waffles and have expanded the line to include French toast sticks, pancakes, crackers, cereal, chips, pasta and snack bars. Look for Van’s Gluten-Free products in health food and grocery stores across the US.