Shopping for gluten-free diet is relatively easy these days. Supermarkets and grocers are striving to provide choices for 3 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Gluten-free eating is also trendy, so there is money and demand involved. Gluten-free sales have been growing exponentially since 2010, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, and it looks like they will continue to do so in the future. There are a few reasons for such growth and interest. First of all, more people now know about this disease and are aware of its causes and effects. In addition to that, gluten-free diet is more popular because of number of celebrities advertising this diet as a weight loss option. Athletes endorse it as a peak-performance eating plan. There is no scientific evidence to back these claims up, but you don't need it when people want to experiment. Gluten-free diet is costly and is not always affordable for an average consumer with celiac or gluten sensitivity. Specialty foods often cost a lot more than regular diet staples. Wheat-based foods are a lot cheaper because wheat is subsidized by the federal government. There is a supply-demand aspect too because while the gluten-free market is growing, it's still a lot smaller than the standard.
Gluten-free foods are made with costly ingredients, so this balloons the price. Brown rice flour, amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat add a significant portion of the price, and so do special sweeteners, such as agave, coconut sugar, and honey.
In addition to understandable extra cost, there is also desire to make extra money through price gouging. Manufacturers and retailers might desire to cash -in and take advantage. On the other hand, gluten-free products are not manufactured for economies-of-scale, so they have to sell at a steeper price to stay afloat.
All that said it's still possible to eat gluten-free and not break the bank. You'll need to involve a little planning and will be able to find ways to shop on a budget and still adhere to your diet.
Read on and discover nine tips how to save some money and feel good with gluten-free: