Although many European and South American countries sell a mulitude of products geared to individuals with celiac disease, the United States is only recently beginning to cater to this growing market with tasty, healthy, widely available alternatives.
Many people with celiac disease have a hard time finding snack foods high in fiber and whole grains, which is why two manufacturers of gluten-free products stood out at the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo: Mary's Gone Crackers and Crunchmasters.
Mary's Gone Crackers offers a variety of wonderfully crunchy gluten-free whole grain crackers and twig-shaped snacks.
Made from brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, sesame seeds, and millet, each 1-ounce serving offers anywhere from 3 to 5 grams of fiber and no more than 150 calories.
Some of the flavors -- particularly with the twig snacks -- can offer a relatively high 300 milligrams of sodium per serving, so be sure to check the nutrition label for information (the crackers tend to stick to 150 milligrams or less.)
Crunchmasters, meanwhile, sells multigrain and multiseed whole grain crackers that are incredibly crunchy and flavorful.
Each one-ounce serving provides 140 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and no more than 140 milligrams of sodium (the rosemary flavor manages to pack in a lot of taste in less than 100 milligrams of sodium per serving!)
No wheat? No problem.