Best Gluten-Free Foods

Gluten-Free foods are all the rage these days. And it's not a surprise since more than 3 million Americans are currently suffering from celiac disease while a staggering 20 million are gluten intolerant. If you're one of them, you'll find this list, which enumerates the top g-free foods in the market, very helpful for your grocery shopping.

Cereals
The thing about gluten-free cereals is that they lack added nutrients. Those that are not gluten-free are usually fortified with iron and B vitamins. This was before Rice Chex was introduced in the market. This gluten-free cereal is one of the very few gluten-free cereals that are fortified with vitamins and minerals. A serving a day of this cold cereal provides you with 25 percent of your recommended daily dose of B vitamins and 50 percent of the iron and folic acid that you need for the day.

As for hot cereals, wheat, rye, barley and oats used to be off-limits for someone who shouldn't consume gluten. Nowadays, some of these oats come gluten-free. An example would be Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashion Rolled Oats, which are also free of sodium and packed with 7 grams of protein and 25 percent more fiber.

Bagel
Do you love bagel? It's time to celebrate. Go look for Udi's Gluten Free Foods and you'll find a whole-grain bagel that tastes just as wonderful as its gluten-ridden counterpart. Udi's bagel is made from whole grains such as teff flour, flax seed meal, and brown rice flour. It has 28 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein. The only downside is that it's quite heavy on the sodium with 470 milligrams.

Pasta
Similar to cereal, pasta without gluten is also low on iron and B vitamins. Thanks to Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta, you can now enjoy 4 grams of fiber and 10 percent of daily dose of B vitamins for every 2-ounce serving. Taste and texture are a-ok too since this is made from a blend of organic corn and quinoa. As if that's not enough, it's also free of sodium.

Another pasta to try would be Caesar's Gluten Free & Wheat Free Vegetable Lasagna, which is so tasty you'll find it hard to believe that it's free of gluten. It has 20 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C, 50 percent vitamin A, and 5 grams of fiber. Keep in mind however that it has 13 grams fat, 510 milligrams of sodium, and 510 calories, meaning it's not a good choice if you're trying to lose weight.

Soup
When it comes to gluten-free soups, Kettle Cuisine is often the preferred choice. For one, it has a lot of varieties to pick from, each of which is ultra-healthy. Common favorites are Thai curry chicken, roasted vegetable, three bean chili and organic mushroom and potato. They are also convenient to cook since the packaging is microwave-ready. Most of these soups come with about 200 calories and 10 grams of fiber, the only drawback being 450 milligrams of sodium.

 


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