Sunday, 08 November 2009 09:05
It can be both a shock and a relief to learn that you are sensitive to particular foods. How do you begin to change your dietary habits, rearrange your shopping list, or figure out what to avoid on a restaurant menu? The task can be daunting, even if dietary changes eventually reward you with better health.
Many people begin to shop at Bloomingfoods when they are determined to make some changes to their diet. They are often looking for products that take particular food sensitivities into account. “Customers want to know what is in their food,” says Amber Towne, the cheese buyer at Bloomingfoods East. “I know I do. That’s why I feel so strongly about offering tours of the stores that focus on our gluten-free offerings.”
Amber offers gluten-free tours every month – on the 5th at the East store, and the 12th at the Near West Side, at 1:30 pm. “For customers who can’t make those time periods, I’m happy to schedule personalized tours,” she says. You can schedule a tour by calling the East store and asking for Amber: 812-336-5400.
On a gluten-free store tour, customers move through every department, including the deli, learning which products might be a good fit for their needs. Amber is also knowledgeable about vegan products, such as Earth Balance natural buttery spread, or vegan/dairy-free cheese.
A gluten-free diet is completely free of ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals such as wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale. It also avoids any foods that use gluten as a flavoring, stabilizing, or thickening agent. Gluten-free foods are recommended in the treatment of celiac disease, non-celiac gluten intolerance, dermatitis herpetiformis, Lyme disease, and wheat allergy. Many people on a gluten-free diet use only oats sourced from a facility that is certified as gluten-free.
“Customers who take the tour are given samples of some of the wonderful gluten-free products now on the market,” says Amber. “They also receive a one-time coupon that gives them a 10% discount on any gluten-free products, on a shopping trip at a time of their choice.” Stop in to learn more.