Giant Food Stores: Gluten Free Diet options

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month and GIANT Food Stores In-Store Nutritionist Sarah Glunz, MS, CNS, LDN, appeared on Good Day PA to share what is a gluten-free diet, who should follow it, how to eat healthy on a gluten-free diet and products that are available at GIANT.

“Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats,” explained Glunz.08.12.12Ahold_USA_0057

This means anything in your diet with wheat flour in it such as: pasta, breads, pizza and many snack foods. These foods must be avoided by those who suffer from Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy.

According to Glunz, while choosing the correct items can be difficult there are many options available for those who must avoid gluten.

Glunz recommends that you:

  • Focus on naturally gluten-free foods. Choose fresh foods and cook from scratch as much as possible.
  • Read labels every time you shop.
  • Remember that wheat-free is not necessarily gluten-free.
  • Be careful of cross-contamination.

GF_SymbolGIANT helps consumers by displaying a GLUTEN FREE logo on shelf tags and ON some store brand products to alert shoppers to safe choices. GIANT also features a special gluten free section in the store. Nutritionists are available in three stores to help guide shoppers.

Glunz did point out that just because an item is gluten free, it is not necessarily a healthier choice for those who do not have a negative reaction to gluten. Some packaged gluten free products can be high in sugar and fat and a gluten free diet can be low in fiber as well as some vitamins and minerals.

Click here for information about GIANT’s In-Store Nutritionists: GIANT

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