Your Guide to Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping
In the Bread Aisle
Following a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you have to skip this aisle altogether, but take care: many gluten-free bread products contain higher amounts of fat, sugar and calories. Also, be sure to check the use-by date, as gluten-free breads typically contain few preservatives and are made using starches that tend to go stale faster.
The shelf life for gluten-free bread is getting much better, but always check its expiration date and its nutrition profile," advises Bast. She recommends choosing breads that are fortified with folic acid, iron and B vitamins when possible. Very few manufacturers currently fortify gluten-free flours (they’re not regulated by the FDA like white and whole-wheat flours are), but a fortified gluten-free loaf is worth seeking out, as many people following a gluten-free diet are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients.
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