For a few years now I have bought a number of my vitamins and supplements from Swanson. They have good prices and carry a variety of brands. They are a family owned business that’s been around since 1969, and you can return any product up to 1 year–no questions asked.
Of course you all know that since vitamins and supplements are consumed like food, you have to be sure they are gluten free.
Thankfully, Swanson recently made that easier. They now have a gluten-free category, as well as categories for vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and organic. In addition, they have added symbols to represent the dietary categories. For example, in the image below the little colored circles tell you that this product is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and kosher. When on the site, hovering over each symbol will tell you what it stands for.
I noticed that the Swanson brand products are not labeled as gluten-free which concerned me since I have used some of their brand products, including the gluten peptide enzymes.
When I inquired about the gluten-free status of their products, I was sent the following information:
“Since we do not specify “gluten free” for our manufacturers, their facilities may handle gluten-containing products, introducing the possibility of airborne cross-contamination even though a particular product may not contain any inherent gluten-containing constituents. The same is true in our warehouse since we do bottle products containing barley, rye, oats and wheat; there is still the possibility of airborne cross-contamination even though no inherent gluten-containing components may be present in the product.”
In addition, they recommended two companies,
“Country Life is a certified “Gluten-Free Manufacturer.” They do not handle any gluten-containing products, nor do they get components from any manufacturer that handles anything with gluten.
Now Foods is another good choice for “Gluten-Free” since they have separate areas in their warehouse for gluten-containing products and separate bottling lines for gluten and non-gluten containing products. Both of these manufacturers are excellent choices that will specifically label their products as “Gluten Free.””
That was very helpful to know. If you are interested in products from either of these two companies, there is a “shop by brand” option in the left column of the site.
I have decided to start using Gluten Defense which is an enzyme product similar to what I was using. It is not manufactured by one of the two companies listed above, but it is labeled as gluten free.
Although Swanson is known for selling vitamins and supplements, they also carry gluten-free food items at good prices. If you type “gluten free” into the search box, rather than clicking on gluten free in the side bar, you will see a list of food items. Those items probably show up in the other list as well, but they don’t come up first.
The Giveaway: Swanson is giving away a $25 coupon to one winner. The coupon can be used towards products and shipping costs.
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Update: I have extended the giveaway until Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00 pm. The giveaway will end on Friday, December 2nd at 11:00 pm eastern time. The randomly chosen winner will be contacted by email and will have 24 hours to respond after being contacted.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a Swanson coupon code to purchase products free of charge, but I was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.