Online shopping can be a godsend with respect to accessibility, but can be a hit to the pocketbook. And even though you may have access to a variety of natural foods stores in your hometown, online shopping malls open the door much wider to your options because of many factors, including shelf space, regional distribution, and local market demand.
You can often purchase gluten-free products directly from a company by visiting their Web site. Or there are a variety of gluten-free focused online shopping venues. And they usually provide foods that meet other dietary restrictions.
Keep in mind that online venues are like stores in that not all venues will carry the same products and prices may vary for the same exact product from mall to mall. Price shopping is alive and well in this market also!
Typically, gluten-free foods will be organized by category, such as pastas, breads, frozen foods, etc. Shopping online for your gluten-free foods can be hit or miss, particularly if you’re shopping without product recommendations. But be willing to take risks to find those that you will buy again; all gluten-free products vary in terms of nutrition, texture, taste, quality, and price, so experiment to find the products that best suit you.
Tip: Consider buying in bulk when you can to avoid repeat shipping charges for repeat orders. Many gluten-free products freeze well, so you needn’t worry about wasting food.
Currently, the largest gluten-free online shopping malls include
www.allergygrocers.com www.celiac.com www.gluten-free.com www.gluten-freemall.com www.glutensolutions.com
Warning: There are some food Web sites that have categories for “gluten-free foods.” However, the products posted in those categories are not always gluten-free! Whether it’s a sales trap or an unintentional mistake, always read the ingredients before making a purchase online.