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How to find gluten-free products

April 23, 2008

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There are many places for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance to go for information, including the national advocacy group, The Celiac Disease Foundation (celiac.org), and a local organization, Healthy Villi (healthyvilli.org).

For a list of gluten-free ingredients, look at "The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide" on the website Triumph Dining (triumphdining.com). The following items are generally considered to be safe, but companies can and do change ingredients. Gluten can be hidden in caramel coloring, modified food starch, and "flavor enhancers." Check labels before you buy.

Bread: Valpiform breads (icaneatit.com); Ener-G Foods (ener-g.com); Gluteno (glutino.com); Food for Life brown-rice or almond-and-rice bread (foodforlife.com), available in the organic freezer section at most Shaw's.

Bread mixes: Bob's Red Mill (bobsredmill.com); Anna mixes (glutenevolution.com).

Cake: Gluten-Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix (amazon.com); Cause You're Special Moist Lemon Cake Mix (glutenfreegourmet.com) and confections from Babycakes NYC (babycakesnyc.com); Authentic Food's Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix (authenticfoods.com).

Cereal: Bakery on Main gluten-free granola (bakeryonmain.com); some Envirokids cereals (envirokidz.com); steel-cut Irish oats.

Chips and snacks: Kettle chips (kettlefoods.com); Glutino pretzels (glutino.com); Ener-G pretzels (ener-g.com); Popcorn Indiana flavored popcorn and kettle corn (popcornindiana.com); Robert's American Gourmet Veggie Bootie and cheddar-cheese Pirate's Booty (robscape.com); Lundberg rice chips (lundberg.elsstore.com).

Condiments: Premier Japan Hoisin Sauce, Teriyaki, and Ginger Tamari (allergygrocer.com); Hellman's mayonnaise; many of Annie's brand salad dressings (consorzio.com).

Cookies: Mi-Del (midelcookies.com); Pamela's Products cookies (pamelasproducts.com).

Crackers: Mary's Gone Crackers (marysgonecrackers.com); Edward & Sons (edwardandsons.com); rice crackers.

Ice cream: Coldstone Creamery; Ben & Jerry's; some Baskin Robbins flavors.

Meats and cold cuts: Jones Dairy Farm frozen sausage (jonesdairyfarm.com), Applegate Farms cold cuts and hot dogs (applegatefarms.com), Hormel "Natural Choice" cold cuts (hormelfoods.com), most Boar's Head cold cuts (boarshead.com).

Pasta: Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta (tinkyada.com); Road's End Organic GF Mac & Chreese (chreese.com).

Soups: Emeril's All Natural stocks (emerilstore.com).

Sorbet: Gaga's SherBetter (gogagas.com); Haagen Daaz; Edy's Grand.

Waffles and pancake mix: Van's All Natural (vansintl.com); Pamela's Products (pamelasproducts.com).

- Compiled by Lylah Alphonse and Louisa Kasdon