Usually the first thing I hear from people when they are newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease or some form of gluten intolerance is the shock of how expensive gluten free foods are. The reason for these high costs is the small market for gluten free foods. The lower demand for these products causes carriers of gluten free food to charge more to stay in business.
I think in time specialty stores will continue to become more popular and competition in the gluten free foods market will continue to grow, which will ultimately force prices down to a more manageable level. We are also seeing more mainstream grocery stores carrying at least a few gluten free foods in their stores.
In the meantime, I usually recommend people begin to plan ahead and do much of their gluten free shopping online. Buying online, combined with buying in bulk, will go a long way towards keeping food expenses down!
Where Can I Buy Gluten Free Foods Online?
In my experience, there are currently two great places to buy gluten free foods online. The first, and my preference, is shopping at Amazon. Their prices are already the best online and you can get free shipping if you purchase $25.00 or more (easy to do if buying in bulk or when buying multiple foods at one time). The other choice is shopping at the Gluten Free Mall, which I have also heard several people say they’ve had good experiences with.
Lastly, if you prefer having meals already made when they arrive at your door, then you’ll want to check out Gluten Free Meals. Simply order online and when the food arrives, throw it in the freezer. It will be ready to eat whenever you aren’t in the mood to cook!
UPDATE: There are now more options than ever for online gluten-free shopping. Some newer websites are: