Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Know Your Symbols

Recently, I was visiting my local health food store, and I started seeing signs in food displays that looked like this:

As you may have guessed from the symbol, this means that the product is wheat free. But do not be fooled by this symbol people! If you are on a gluten free diet, these foods might still be harmful to you. I picked up a loaf of bead that was labeled with this symbol, and realized the first ingredient was Spelt. For those of you who don't know, spelt comes from a wheat like plant, and although most people with wheat allergies can tolerate spelt, if you are on a gluten free diet, it will make you quite sick!

If you want to make sure that your food is 100% gluten free, this is the symbol you want to look for:

This symbol is the trademark of the GFCO (Gluten Free Certification Organization) and it's your key to finding truly gluten free food. The GFCO has set a specific set of standards for a company to meet in order to carry their seal. It is very strict, but that guarantees that you, the customer, will be safe from any gluten contaminates. The GFCO is a program of the GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) and if you are gluten free and have not visited their site before, I highly recommend you do. They can provide you with a lot of information about what to look for when purchasing gluten free food, and can supply you with databases of recipes and restaurants that are certified gluten free. 

I hope this is helpful to you in your shopping, and if you need more information on certified gluten free food, please visit GIG (http://www.gluten.net/) or visit GFCO (http://www.gfco.org/). 

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