How to Make Eating Gluten-Free Less Expensive
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How to Make Eating Gluten-Free Less Expensive

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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Eating gluten-free can become very expensive.  Fortunately, there are some ways to make eating gluten-free more economical.Some people choose a gluten-free diet because it is a fad, or because they think it will help them lose weight. There are also many people who have to eat a gluten-free diet because they have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance, or an allergy to wheat, rye, and barley. Either way, it quickly becomes clear that gluten-free foods are more expensive than the “regular” kind. Here are some tips to make eating gluten-free less expensive.

People who need to eat gluten-free because of diagnosed health issues should always read the label of any food they are considering consuming. Find out what all the ingredients are. Check to see if the product was made in shared equipment that was also used with wheat, or if traces of wheat could be in the product as a result of how it was processed.

Check the Big Brands
There are plenty of brands that are dedicated to being gluten-free. Sometimes, these products can be more expensive than the gluten-free versions produced by the big brand names. For example, it is now possible to find gluten-free Cheerios and gluten-free Rice Chex. They might cost less money than a cereal from a dedicated gluten-free brand.

Naturally Gluten-Free foods
There are some foods that do not contain gluten (unless some company intentionally chooses to add it in). Unflavored popcorn is gluten-free. Some brands of potato chips are also gluten-free. Look for the “plain” flavor. (Seasoned potato chips could have gluten in them).

Vegetables and fruits are always gluten-free. Buy canned or frozen vegetables (that don’t have added flavors or seasonings) and they will last a long time. You can get a good price on fruits and vegetables when they are in season. The best thing about fresh produce is that it you can be certain that there is absolutely no wheat in it.

Make your Own Version
Gluten-free packaged pastries can be really expensive. It can feel unfair that the safe, gluten-free, box of cookies contains less product and cost more than the “regular” wheat filled versions. One way to cut down on the costs of gluten-free treats is to make your own version at home.

There are now plenty of gluten-free flours to choose from. These include flour made from: rice, almonds, coconut, sorghum, potato, black beans, garbanzo beans, and fava. You might also need xanthan gum (to help the gluten-free flour stick together).

These gluten-free flour options make it easy for people to bake up a big batch of cookies that are safe for them to eat. You will likely be able to make two or more batches from one package of gluten-free flour, and the package of xanthan gum will last for several batches. The cost of the purchase gets spread out over several batches of treats.

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