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Melissa's Response:

A gluten-free diet can be quite overwhelming, especially when just starting out. It requires the individual to avoid consuming gluten—a class of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. The good news is that gluten free-foods can be found all over Meijer stores. The produce section is a good place to start, as all unprocessed fruits and vegetables are inherently gluten-free and generally regarded to be free from cross-contamination. The same is true for unprocessed meat and seafood, as well as eggs and dairy.

Navigation gets a bit trickier when it comes to other packaged products. Be on the lookout for gluten-free claims and certifications on product labels – these products must have less than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten, which is considered safe for those with Celiac disease. Inversely, watch out for any cross-contamination warnings that may appear under the product ingredients list, or any ambiguous ingredients such as “maltodextrin” or “modified food starch,” which may be hidden sources of gluten.

You can also search for products on Meijer.com and filter your search results for products that are gluten-free or that have other health and lifestyle attributes, such as high fiber, fat free, or organic. From there, click on the product of interest to view additional information. While we work to ensure product information on Meijer.com is correct, on occasion manufacturers may alter their ingredient lists, the claims associated with their products, or other product information, so be sure to always read the actual product labels before consuming a product (see disclaimer below for additional details).

We hope you’ll find these features to be of value as you plan your son’s meals and snacks. If you have additional product-specific questions, visit Customer Care at Meijer.

Disclaimer: While we work to ensure product information is correct, on occasion manufacturers may alter their ingredient lists, the claims associated with their products, or other product information.

Actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. For these reasons you should not rely on the information presented, but should always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product. For additional information about a product, please contact the manufacturer.

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Content on this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Contact your health-care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.

 

Melissa Hehmann, MS, RDN, CDE, ACE-CPT, RYT
Nutrition, Fitness, Diabetes, Health & Wellness Communication

Melissa is a nutrition and fitness communications professional with over 15 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in diabetes education, fitness and corporate wellness. Melissa doesn't just preach it, though. She walks the talk. Melissa lives a very active life as an avid runner and yoga junkie. Melissa believes a nutritious plate is a colorful one. If you need to find her, she'll likely be in the kitchen with her husband and toddler son whipping up simple, vibrant and tasty meals.

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