Eating Gluten-Free

Why Eat Gluten-Free?

Gluten is the name for certain proteins found in some grains such as: wheat, rye, barley, triticale, spelt and kamut. For people with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, eating foods with gluten can be harmful. It can cause digestive problems or actual damage to the lining of the small intestine, where most nutrients in food are absorbed. If damaged, the small intestine cannot fully absorb nutrients, making it potentially difficult for a person with celiac disease to get enough nutrition for good health. Eating a gluten-free diet can make all the difference in the world. Living a gluten-free lifestyle helps people who are sensitive to gluten enjoy an energetic, strong and healthy life.

Kowalski's Gluten-Free Program

For more information about gluten and selecting gluten-free foods, we invite you to read our Gluten Free Diets brochure, available online or at the kiosk in any one of our markets.

New products, better food processing and creative chefs have made eating gluten-free tasty and enjoyable. Click here for a list of the gluten-free products we carry on our shelves. Each one is flagged with a blue "Gluten Free" shelf sign or tag to guide you towards these gluten-free choices as you shop the aisles. (Selection and availability varies by market.)

Kowalski's Gluten Free Brochure cover  Gluten Free Products Document

Looking for gluten-free in the Deli? Click here to view our vast selection of fresh salads from our Deli Case made with gluten-free ingredients. Look for the "Made with Gluten Free Ingredients" seal on our case signs.

Gluten-Free Deli Dign

Additional Resources


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• Celiac Disease Foundation (
• Celiac Sprue Association (
• Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (
• National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (


• Gluten-Free Living ( - a magazine for people with celiac diseae or gluten intolerances
Living Without ( - a magazine for people with food allergies and intolerances 

Gluten-Free Apps

• Review from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ( - type "gluten-free apps" in the search window