Lately I’ve heard quite a bit of scoffing when it comes to gluten-free labeling. This usually takes place around foods that are inherently gluten-free like dried beans, nuts and coffee.
Usually the comment is something like, “Why is there a gluten-free label on here? Coffee has always been gluten-free! They’re just trying to cash in on the fad.”
But as someone who suffers from celiac disease and is incredibly sensitive to the tiniest contamination of gluten, I have to inspect every label carefully.
You would be shocked at how hard it is for me to find a safe bag of pecans or cashews. But nuts are gluten-free, right? Right! But take a look for yourself. The next time you buy a bag of nuts, search for the fine print and you are likely to find the words, “Made in a facility with wheat.”
Those six little words haunt my every grocery shopping experience.
The other day I went to Sprouts to look for dried currants. The only ones they had were packaged from their bulk bin section, so the label had that six-word warning on it.
I couldn’t eat the gluten-free food because it may be contaminated with gluten.
I learned my lesson the hard way in 2012 after eating a “no gluten ingredients” product from Trader Joe’s without bothering to look at the fine print.
So yes I search for the magic words “gluten-free” on every product, however silly it may seem. I seek out the gluten-free certification. I stand awkwardly in the aisle of the grocery store looking up the manufacturer information (probably annoying people who think I’m standing there tweeting or texting).
Gluten-free garbanzo beans? Great!
Gluten-free coffee? I’ll take a cup!
Gluten-free water? Well, maybe you’ve gone too far with this one…
How about you? Do you have a problem with the gluten-free label popping up everywhere? Are you an awkward aisle person like me? Do those six little words make you bristle?