How Do You Prefer to Grocery Shop Gluten-Free? - Celiac Disease
Apr 6 2013

How Do You Prefer to Grocery Shop Gluten-Free?

With more and more gluten-free specialty products showing up on the shelves of grocery stores these days, it can be a challenge to shop at different stores.  Some stores choose to organize all of the gluten-free specialty products into a “Gluten-Free” section of the store, while other stores either have a “Health Food” section or place the products on the shelves right along with other like items…breads, baking mixes, pasta, cookies, etc.

There are pros and cons for each method.


“Gluten-Free” sectionPros – Most specialty items are grouped together making products easier to locate. Cons – Store employees may incorrectly place items that are not gluten-free in this area as seen above.

“Health Food” sectionPros – Again, most specialty items will be grouped in this section, though it probably will be a larger area than a strictly “Gluten-Free” section.  Cons – Not all “Health Food” products are necessarily gluten-free and it may take a bit longer to find what you are shopping for.

No separationPros – If you know the store, things are grouped with other like items and can be found by aisle signs hanging from ceiling.  Cons – A larger store area to cover to find what you are shopping for.  This may also lead to confusion among store employees and communication between them and customers.

Do you have a preferred method?  Do you avoid certain grocery stores because of the way they stock their gluten-free specialty foods?  Weigh in below in our poll.

Article Written by:

Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Donna says:

    No matter where the foods are placed I appreciate the gluten free tags on the shelves. Either case involves lots of reading of labels unless I can find a clear “Gluten Free” designation on the products.

  2. Michie says:

    For easy of finding products, love them in Gluten free section. I still read ingredients even after 3 years of doing this. Safer that way.

  3. Joyce says:

    Our local chain grocery store can’t make up their mind how to group gluten-free items. Hodgson Mills GF items are on the shelves with the sugar-free items; GF Bisquick and GF King Arthur flours are on the shelves with the regular flour mixes; Udi’s items are in a chest freezer section in the dairy aisle; and some items are in their organic/healthy section. I’m not sure how many gluten-free items I am actually missing because I don’t know where to look!

Leave a Reply

How do I change my avatar?

Go to and upload your preferred Gravatar.

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>