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Reading Food Labels

Reading Food Labels

While label reading can seem overwhelming at first, you’ll become confident over time. Download the Beyond Celiac Step by Step Guide to Reading Gluten-Free Labels to help you navigate the supermarket shelves.

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Download: Step by Step Guide to Reading Labels

Thanks to Cabot Creamery, Crunchmaster and Glutino for making this resource possible!

Ranking the Safety of Different Labels

Your ultimate cheat sheet to decoding gluten-free labels in the US, using the traffic light signal: green means go, perfectly safe, yellow means use caution, and red means danger, don’t go.

A rank of gluten-free labels.

Fun fact: allergen labeling, including the gluten-free label, was introduced to the US in 2006. Before that, people with celiac disease made decisions based on the ingredients list alone, no “gluten-free” label required.

While it’s helpful to have more information today, the labels can be confusing. When in doubt, call the company to ask directly about their manufacturing process.

Certified Gluten-Free Logos

There are a few companies that test products to ensure they’re gluten-free. Certified gluten-free products are the safest products you can buy.

A graphic with the different gluten-free certification logos on them.

Do You Need More Help Navigating the Gluten-Free Diet?

Download this free, comprehensive resource, Getting Started: A Guide to Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet, from Beyond Celiac.

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