Gluten-Free for Less -- Savings Experiment

Gluten-Free For Less
Gluten-Free For Less

As the demand for gluten-free products increases, so do the prices for these items, but in some cases, you might be paying more than you should. Here are a few foods that are naturally gluten-free so you can look beyond the label.

Let's start with grains. Certain types have always been gluten-free, like rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat and cornmeal. No need to pay extra for specialized packaging here.

Next, almost all nuts and legumes, are also naturally gluten-free. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, as well as various beans, lentils and peas, fall into this category. Just avoid canned goods packed in sauces, like baked beans -- those sauces can contain hidden gluten.

Don't fall for the "gluten-free" label on potato chips, either. Most potato chips are naturally gluten-free, so go ahead and buy that cheaper bag.

One last thing to remember is to read the labels carefully -- "wheat-free" doesn't mean "gluten-free." Although reducing wheat and refined grains from your diet can be beneficial, you might still be eating gluten in a lot of these foods.

So whether you have a gluten intolerance or are just on a gluten-free diet, keep these tips in mind, because knowing the difference between labels can help you stop overspending and start saving.

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