Gluten-Free Grocery Guide Review & Giveaway

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Since 2005, Triumph Dining has been publishing a Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide.  Since then they introduced a gluten-free grocery guide.

While The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide does not eliminate all the work involved in finding gluten-free products, it is a big help, especially if you are new to the gluten-free diet. It’s like having a mentor with you as you brave the grocery store.

This book is exactly what is says, a guide. Triumph Dining has done the work of contacting manufacturers, but it’s important to remember that manufacturers can make mistakes and change their products.  You should always read the ingredients and other allergen information on a product before you purchase it.

I love the look and layout of this book. It is clean, colorful, and easy to use with plenty of white space and a font size I can read without putting on glasses. It is organized into ten color coded sections, and each section is subdivided. For example, canned and pre-packaged foods is a large section which is broken down into smaller sections such as beans, fruit, vegetables, meat, etc. Those subdivisions are listed at the top of each page, making it easy to see where you are at on any given page that you turn to.

Most of the items are listed in the guide because the individual company reported it as being gluten free.  Some items have a symbol next to them to indicate things such as that the product is tested for gluten,  cross contamination is possible, gluten-free lines or facilities, etc.

There are six symbols in all, and they are explained in the book.  I liked the fact that a brief summary of the symbols is on the very first page.   When I first started looking through the guide, I couldn’t remember all the symbols, but all I had to do was flip open the cover to find them.

The book includes a wide variety of brands including national, regional, store, and specialty gluten-free brands.   That doesn’t mean it covers every brand out there, but you will find most of them in the book.

I really only have one criticism for this book and that is due to the fact that I am in the camp of people who do not believe that 20 parts per million (the proposed safe level of gluten) is truly safe.  This book is full of products that are listed as gluten free based on that level.

For example, Chex gluten-free cereals are listed in the guide with no icon next to them.  They are tested to contain less than 20 ppm of gluten, yet some people react to them.

Personally, there are a number of products in this guide that my son and I have to avoid because they have caused reactions for both of us.  But I know we’re not all in the same place on that issue, and as I stated above, this book is only intended to be a guide.  You need to take the information in it, and confirm through your own label reading and contacting whether the product is safe for you.

Where to Buy

You can purchase the Grocery Guide and Restaurant Guide as well as other products directly from Triumph Dining.

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giveaway
The Giveaway: Triumph Dining is giving away a copy of either the Grocery Guide or the Restaurant Guide (winner’s choice) to one winner.

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • One entry per person
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post telling me whether you would want the Grocery Guide or the Restaurant Guide if you win this giveaway.
  • The giveaway begins July 10, 2012 and ends on July 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm eastern time .

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winners will have 24 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with free product to sample, but was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.




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Comments

  1. I do a lot of traveling, so I’d love to have a copy of the restaurant guide!
    kochac22 at yahoo dot com

  2. I would love to win the grocery guide-would be so helpful to have!

  3. Would love to win the grocery guide. My son is gluten free/casein free and it would help me out a lot!

  4. Suzanne R says:

    I’ll be visiting California soon & I’d love to win the restaurant guide.

  5. Wendi S says:

    I’d love to win the grocery guide. My mom was just recently diagnosed with celiac and I’d give the book to her :)

  6. Starlight Mama says:

    The grocery guide would be the most helpful to have for our family.

  7. Iwould love any help possible. My son has a wheat allergy. Your recipes on your site he seems to really like. Normally no leftovers.

  8. Binie H. says:

    I would love the grocery giveaway as I live out of town.. and I can read ingredients myself, but everytime I come home, or when I am away, and my family wants to send me surprise packages (without checking the ingredients :)) they can do so easily with this book!

  9. Cindy W. says:

    I would love to win the grocery guide. It is so frustrating sometimes to go grocery shopping always having to worry about hidden gluten.

  10. I’d like the grocery guide since I prefer to make my own meals instead of eating out.

  11. I would love love love a copy of the Grocery Guide!

  12. I would love to win the grocery guide. Newbie, still learning.

  13. I would love, Love, LOVE the grocery guide for my little family!!!

  14. Sharon says:

    Surprise me! I would love either! Thank you~!

  15. Linda Maphet says:

    The Grocery Guide would be very helpful!

  16. Candice Rickett says:

    I was diagnosed last fall with celiacs disease, I find I have a lot of “trial and error” foods, so this book would be really helpful.

  17. Cheryl D says:

    This grocery guide would be so helpful and easier than looking everything up on my phone while I’m shopping! Thank you!

  18. Barbara says:

    How I would enjoy being able to find gluten free products easily! As I get older, it gets harder and harder to read labels easily. I would really appreciate a copy of the Grocery Guide!

  19. Shelley says:

    My grocery guide is my favorite to go to book. would love the updated version.

  20. Donna S. says:

    I would like the Grocery Guide–nice to see a list that you can at least start with!

  21. Dawn M. says:

    The grocery guide would be awesome!

  22. I would love to get this, we are feeling a bit lost right now since our 11 year old’s recent diagnosis. We have entered a brave new world…. Grateful for the help of so many who have forged a path and share so much wonderful information that is truly beneficial. We feel blessed to have unexpectedly stumbled upon a diagnosis for a child who had no symptoms and when we weren’t searching for any answers.

  23. Mary Ann says:

    Would love to win this Grocery Guide ,would be very helpful for sure !

  24. The “Gluten Free Grocery Guide” would be an awesome prize and soooo helpful shopping and eating out.
    Thank You!!

  25. Sheena Sokolowski says:

    I would love the restaurant guide i just found out I’m allergic to gluten

  26. I would love to win the grocery guide!

  27. Roxana S. says:

    Grocery guide…I don’t trust restaurants ;OP

  28. Michele says:

    I would love the restaurant guide. Since the celiac diagnosis we have been afraid to try eating out.

  29. Grocery Guide since I need daily reminder how to eat healthy & shop-Thanks!

  30. with 5 new gf in the house, that grocery guide would be a life saver!

  31. Devorie says:

    The shopping guide would make grocery shopping much more convenient.

  32. I would love the restaurant guide. It would be a great help in finding restaurants that I can communicate with in regards to my gluten free diet.

  33. Melissa says:

    I would love to win the grocery guide as myself and my son both have to eat gluten free. My son is also dairy free. This would be a big help!

  34. I am on the road a lt for business. The restaurant book would be a great help.

  35. Katherine says:

    I’m a veteran at this, but the grocery guide would be much more useful than trying to look things up on my phone in the aisle at Publix.

  36. Katrina says:

    I would love the grocery guide.

  37. Katrina says:

    Restaurant guide would be awesome!

  38. I would love the restaurant guide. I love to go out with my friends and am still having a hard time with it, two years after diagnosis.

  39. i would love to win the grocery guide to present to my 19 year old daughter who is going to job corp in reno and has to buy many of her gf items and doesn’t know what to buy. thank you for this chance

  40. Mary-Frances says:

    these are great books. . the restaurant guide was one of the first books I bought when diagnosed with Celiac. . could use a new copy of each – they have gotten worn out :)

  41. Celica Phipps says:

    I love the grocery guide. Being newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease it really helped me find products in the stores that are safe for me to eat. I would love to have the restaurant guide. Personally I think that eating out is the hardest part of this new lifestyle.

  42. Denise says:

    Wooohoo hope I win!

  43. These books look great. If chosen, I would like the Grocery Guide.

  44. I’d love the grocery guide!

  45. I would love to have this book because…I just need to do better helping my son stay gluten free all the time instead of some of the time!

  46. Colleen M. says:

    The grocery guide would be great!

  47. I would take either book. If I had to choose it would be the restaurant guide. Thank you for the opportunity.

  48. Angela says:

    The grocery guide would be most helpful to me. Thanks for the opportunity.

  49. Deborah Kilkelly says:

    If I win I would love to receive the grocery guide. Thank you

  50. Stephanie says:

    The dining guide would be so very helpful for my family! Thank you for such great info each week and this awesome giveaway!

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