Allergens Included:
Gluten/Wheat, Lactose, Milk, Egg and Yeast

Please keep in mind that my "Allergy-Free" recipes are geared toward these food allergies only and to the best of my knowledge, do not contain these allergens.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Two Birds with One Stone (Gluten Free = Wheat Free)

If you have an allergy to gluten and wheat, I always find that's a good place to start.  They are usually the clearest-marked products so they are easily identifiable.  Once you knock out these two, the other allergies are easier to identify.  

Wikipedia:   A gluten-free diet is a diet free  of gluten (Yes, I know). Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts and triticale. It is used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent, often hidden under "dextrin". A gluten-free diet is the only medically accepted treatment for celiac disease, the related condition dermatitis herpetiformis, and wheat allergy.

Buying a Gluten-free food will ALWAYS be wheat free.   HOWEVER, this does not go both ways.  Wheat-free foods may still have barley, rye or a derivative which would be unsafe for someone with Celiac Disease, the most common reason for eating Gluten Free.

Also, just because an item is in the 'Organic Section' of your grocery store does not mean it is gluten free.  You must look for symbol such as one shown in my previous post.  If there is no symbol and you are not sure, here is a great list of gluten-free ingredients:  Safe ingredients: Alphabetically listed

Here is a list of helpful resources:

Gluten Free Groceries by State:

Grocery Store List One
Grocery Store List Two

Gluten Free Restaurant Menus by State:
Eating out

Online Grocery Shopping:

  • Some links below may be PDF files which you will need Adobe Reader to open.

Local (Virginia) Grocery Gluten Free Lists:

Farm Fresh

Harris Teeter

Trader Joes

Wholefoods Market

(This one is not a list, just a guide)

Local (Virginia) Restaurant/Gluten Free Allergen Lists:

On the border

California Pizza

Local (Virginia) Fast Food/Gluten Free Allergen Lists:



Burger King




Taco Bell