Prevalence of Celiac Disease & Margarita’s Gluten-Free List 3

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By Margarita Persico

There is only one treatment for celiac disease: a Gluten-free diet.

Hard Winter Berries (Photo: Margarita Persico)

No wonder gluten containing foods have a bad rap lately. But it’s not an unjust accusation. People with celiac disease have to abstain from , a protein in barley, rye, wheat (including spelt and kamut, and cross-bred hybrids such as triticale–a cross between wheat and rye) and abstain from all products made with those ingredients, for example, pastas, bread, traditional soy sauce have to be made with Gluten-free grains. Oats can only be consume if it is certified – since cross contamination with wheat is the problem.

“Celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the small intestine in genetically susceptible individuals. It is triggered by ingesting certain proteins, commonly referred to as “gluten,” which is naturally present in some cereal grains,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of glutens, affects in the United States over 2 million people — that is a prevalence of about 1 in 133 people, reports the USA’s National Institute of Health.

A Gluten-free diet is the “medicine” for someone with celiac disease.

If you are on a Gluten-free diet and you live in San Francisco, you are lucky. The city has a dedicated Gluten-free – Grocery, and nearby Oakland has the Mariposa Baking Company, but for the rest of us it’s good to know the number of supermarkets that have dedicated sections or well-labeled shelves identifying Gluten-free products is growing.

So if you have just been diagnosed with a intolerance or celiac disease, please don’t be overwhelmed. I started on a Gluten-free diet long before it was popular and long before Gluten-free products were widely available and popular on the shelves of U.S.A. groceries. My first exposure to Gluten-free food was in 1986 during a series of vegetarian cooking classes I attended for several years. Since 1993 I’ve followed a Gluten-free diet to ward off seasonal allergies perhaps cause by a sensitivity or not digesting gluten products. Ironically, nearly a decade ago my husband was diagnosed with celiac.  The transition was easy for him. Of course, he had me, a veteran, for support.

Remember to always check the ingredients on the labels and for the Gluten-free seal. Some stores such as Whole Foods Market have their own Gluten-free product line, others such as Trader Joe’s label their products as Gluten-free, or containing no ingredients if manufactured in a shared plant.

Below is a partial list of – products. I hope it helps you too. I’ll be adding more to this list. Send me your favorite Gluten-free products to add to this list. Check this link for updated Gluten-free Supplier/Food List.

Margarita’s Gluten-Free List

Note: always read the labels to ensure it is Gluten-free or of any allergens. Also look for the – certification on the label.

  • Bob’s Red Mill  homemade pasta recipe
  • Cherrybrook Kitchen — all-natural baking mixes are peanut , dairy , egg , nut , kosher and vegan and some products
  • Cream Hill Estates – oats
  • Crunchmasters — certified baking facility (crackers)
  • DeBoles (rice and corn pastas and lasagna)
  • Edward & Sons Trading Company, Inc. — crackers, etc.
  • Ener-G — crackers, biscotti
  • Enjoy Life Foods — cookies
  • GLENN FOODS — cookies, fruit and nut bars
  • Glutino — cereals, bread, cookies, crackers, etc.
  • Gluten-Free Pantry
  • Gluten-Free grains such as: rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, wild rice, etc.
  • Ian’s – they carry 2 dozen products made without many common food allergens. “Lots of great options made with no wheat, , casein, milk, eggs or nuts!” (Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Chocolate Chip Cookie, etc.)
  • Jo-Sef – Sandwich O’s Cookies, Square and Animal Cookies
  • Kinnikinnick – bread, cookies, cake mixes
  • Maxwell’s Kitchen – they sell gravy — GF 
  • Namaste – They sell may types of mixes for cakes, frosting, pie crust, bread, brownie, etc. They sell my favorite pizza mix!
  • Nature’s Path

This list continues to grow. Visit the product page for updates.  I’ve been using – products for 26 years, I should remember a few more products and tips soon, and as always eager to share. Cheers to good health!

For list of Gluten-free friendly Restaurants in Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts, and Beyond


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