One of These Foods Does Not Belong – Thrifty Foods Knows Which One!

A big bouquet to Thrifty Foods for featuring four Gluten-Free Guiltless Snacks out of five!
But what about hemp seed? Isn’t hemp gluten free? Yes and no. See below!

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While hemp seeds do not contain the gluten-protein that triggers an immune response in celiacs, growers often crop-rotate hemp fields with gluten-containing grains. One season hemp seeds may be planted and harvested; the next season, wheat seeds may be planted and harvested.  Stray wheat seeds remaining in the soil may inadvertently cross contaminate subsequent hemp harvests with gluten in excess of  levels that Health Canada has set as allowable for celiacs: 20 parts per million. Therefore, even (pure) hemp products can still test as high as 60 parts gluten per million. Products that incorporate cross-contaminated hemp as an ingredient may also exceed levels of gluten not recommended for those on a gluten-free diet.

Consumers following a gluten-free diet should look for the words  ‘gluten free’ on hemp products – or products containing  hemp as an ingredient. A second bouquet to Thrifty Foods for the care and attention they show their gluten-free shoppers! View their Gluten-Free Product List.  Can you name a brand of hemp seed that carries a gluten-free label?

Thank You Thrifty Foods

Thrifty Foods is focused on fresh, local and making life easier for the gluten free!
In-house Registered Dietitian, Jessalyn O’Donnell has a assembled a host of  resources to help you live gluten free, happily! With more than 900 gluten-free products clearly identified throughout the store, you’ll find everything you need – or could possibly want!

What’s On Sale This Week! 
Gluten-Free Product List …
Gluten-Free Menu Planning …
Creating a Menu for a Gluten-Free Guest …
Healthy Facts and Articles to Help …
Sign Up for Gluten-Free Updates …
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‘FREE’ STORE TOURS
Learn about the gluten-free products Thrifty Foods carries on your behalf  and what to look for on the product label for (healthier) and safe gluten-free choices. You’ll leave with a host of recipe ideas, helpful lifestyle tips and a complimentary Thrifty Foods’ Smile (Gift) Card. Tour Schedule Pre-Register by email or call 250-483-1634

LEARN HOW TO BE GLUTEN FREE
Two-hour information sessions are open to anyone adversely affected by gluten: celiacs, gluten sensitive or the wheat allergic. Learn how to eat and live gluten free from the experts: volunteers with the Victoria Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. Enjoy information, tasty treats and a Gluten-Free-Goodie-Bag-to-Go from The Celiac Scene.  A friend or family member is welcome to join you at the session. Pre-register by email or 250-472-0141

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