Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"No Gluten Ingredients" @ Trader Joe's

Confession: I love Trader Joe's. I'm obsessed with Trader Joe's. If I could, I would marry it.

OK, maybe I wouldn't marry it, but I think it is one of the best grocers in L.A. because of its wide variety of unique, well-priced items.

And today I fell even more in love with Trader Joe's. The market has for some time published a list of all of the items its produces that do not contain gluten. Today, however, I noticed that it now also marks such items with the "G" symbol to the left, which also includes the text "No Gluten Ingredients Used" along with it.

A warning: "No Gluten Ingredients Used" does not mean that the product was made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. If you have a severe allergy/intolerance then you should eat at your own risk. Personally I have no problem eating foods that are not made in facilities that also produce wheat items.

Today I picked up chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, Dark Chocolate Mocha Crunch Squares, and pineapple salsa for stir fries, all with no gluten ingredients used.


Trader Joe's L.A. Locations


marylandceliac said...

Tried to post a comment about trader joes, but I got error message. Not sure if it worked.

marylandceliac said...

I guess my first comment didn't work. I'll type it again now. Funny about "marry it" comment b/c their mac and cheese actually has a joke about it on the back of the box. It says something like "this mac and cheese is so good I could marry it". Then other says "you are so cheesy". Joke was best part of mac and cheese - sauce was too watery. Just tried their gf bag brown rice pasta and didn't like. I joke about marrying george from foods by george english muffins. They don't have in LA, but maybe you tried them before you moved there.

Rain said...

"No gluten ingredients used" is definitely not an indicator of gluten free. I used to love Trader Joe's, until I learned I was celiac. Now that I know what it's like to feel healthy, I become ill nearly every time I take a risk and try one of their supposedly gluten-sensitive friendly products. It's irresponsible of TJ's to market their products as friendly to those with gluten sensitivities. Gluten-free isn't a fad to take lightly. It's a serious health consideration. There is no point in labeling something with "no gluten ingredients used" unless it's truly gluten free.