Where can I Shop after a Celiac Diagnosis?

After a celiac diagnosis, where do you shop? With both gluten sensitivty and celiac disease becoming more widely understood, many stores have started carrying gluten free food items. While it’s becoming easier to find gluten-free foods, pricing can vary, and it pays to know which stores carry what products. Below are 11 of the larger store brands carrying foods safe for celiac disease. In any store, the label “Certified Gluten Free” is a good sign.
ALDI
With its own gluten free brand, liveGfree, ALDI is both celiac friendly and usually competitively priced.
Website: https://www.aldi.us/en/grocery-home/aldi-brands/livegfree/

Costco
The store’s stock can vary by month, but Costco can be counted on to have some gluten free options. (Unfortunately their website doesn’t list all items.) http://thenourishinghome.com/2014/05/real-food-guide-gluten-free-food-costco/ The Nourishing Home notes that Costco will usually have both almond and coconut flour for a decent price.
Website: http://www.costco.com/
Giant
The shelves of Giant will often be marked with blue and green “gluten free” tags, and their management has committed to offering quality gluten free products.
Website: http://giantfood.com/
Kroger
A quick search of Kroger’s site reveals a selection of gluten free items including Barilla’s pasta and Udi’s bread, and Italian style meatballs.
Website: https://www.kroger.com/searching#?query=gluten%20free&contextUrl=%2F&facet=Products&page=1
Sam’s Club
Per their website, Sam’s Club offers “over 140 gluten free items.” Like Costco, you will need a membership to shop.
Website: http://bit.ly/2nVvmIc
Target
Their collection of gluten free products is impressive, although prices may be higher than other nearby stores.
Website: http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=gluten+free&category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories
Trader Joe’s
When you see the “gluten free” label on a Trader Joe’s brand product, it’s been checked for less than 20 parts per million of gluten, the FDA’s gold standard for celiac disease. this definitely makes shopping at Trader Joe’s a little easier!
Website: http://www.traderjoes.com/dietary-lists/gluten-free
Walmart
With a full section on their site dedicated to gluten free foods, Walmart is a safe bet for someone with celiac. (And this is Walmart we’re talking about, so prices will probably be competitive.) Their Great Value brand also includes certified gluten free items.
Website: https://www.walmart.com/browse/food/gluten-free-foods/976759_1228023
Wegmans
Possibly the easiest store to find gluten free items inside, Wegmans will stamp a “G” on every store brand food that’s gluten free. They also test up to 20 parts per million, so we’re talking super celiac-friendly here! Check their freezer section as well, they often have an aisle dedicated to frozen gluten free foods from many companies.
Website: https://www.wegmans.com/glutenfree
Whole Foods
While not the cheapest store on this list, Whole Foods is supportive of the celiac community, with links to popular gluten free sources on their website and a list of gluten free items for your local store. Definitely worth checking out if one’s in your area.
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/special-diets/gluten-free
Winco Foods
Look for a pink, “Gluten Free” label on store aisles to direct you to celiac safe foods. Their website does note that some items, like bread, will be in their bakery freezer section.
Website: http://wincofoods.com/work/how-to-find-gluten-free-items-at-winco/
Of course, most stores will have something you can eat. (Who doesn’t carry Chex rice cereal?) If you can, check out multiple stores and brands; you never know where you might find a new favorite gluten free food.

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