Identifying Gluten Free Products

Probably the most difficult problem faced by celiac patients is determining whether or not they should eat certain processed packaged foods offered for sale at the retail level.

—J. A. Campbell, Canadian food and nutrition consultant and author of numerous articles on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, 1987

Thanks to changes in food-labeling laws, it has become much easier to determine whether a food product is gluten free. These changes have certainly resulted in fewer phone calls to food manufacturers. The information in this chapter will help you determine whether a product is free of wheat, barley, rye, and oats (unless gluten free).

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