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Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend, and are staying cool during this hot weather. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try the Gluten-Free Grocery Guide by TriumphDining (click here to check them out). I’ve been using it every time before I go to the grocery store, testing to see how useful it would be in planning my trips to the grocery store.

For those who don’t know, purchasing food on a gluten-free diet can be super scary. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gone to the grocery store, movie theater, etc. and had to search through forums and other websites on my phone to see if I can safely eat the food. Most of the time, I just safely default to choosing not to eat. That’s why I was excited to try this grocery guide out. Here’s some of the reasons why I’ve grown to like it and use it on a regular basis:

 Consolidated information  The guide covers pretty much everything in the kitchen outside of the kitchen sink. From breakfast items to baking ingredients, I haven’t had trouble yet with finding a type of grocery item in the guide.

 Well organized The guide is broken down into various grocery categories and includes an index. This made it easy to find items quickly through a guide dense with information.

 Symbols to present the quality of gluten free This is perhaps my favorite feature in the guide. When it comes to gluten free, there’s a wide range of how sensitive people are. Celiacs follow rigid guidelines to ensure the food they are eating is not contaminated with gluten. Meanwhile, you have those who are gluten-sensitive, and won’t experience as severe symptoms if consuming gluten. They use the following categorizations, and match a symbol up with each:

  •  GF Facility No chance of cross-contamination
  • Gluten Testing performed
  • Gluten Free based on the ingredients listed
  • Procedures are in place to minimize cross-contamination, but produced in the same plant
  • Cross-contamination possible, not labeled as gluten-free by the company
  • Company states item is gluten free without context.

 This is perfect because it eliminates guessing whether the item you purchase will cause you to react negatively to the trace amounts of gluten present.

 Now, if you are like me and forget your guide, or do some unplanned shopping, you can download their guide as a smartphone app. It has all the same information, only packaged in a digital medium.

 In close, I definitely recommend this guide to anyone who’s like me and worries about whether they’ll get sick from food they buy from the grocery store. It’s a great tool for Celiacs and those with gluten sensitivity. I use it regularly and I recommend it to anyone who finds gluten-free grocery shopping difficult.

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