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.
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.