press release

April 27, 2015

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Christopher Brand
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GIANT FOOD STORES’ NUTRITIONISTS OFFER TEN TIPS TO GO GLUTEN-FREE

Free classes offered at select stores in May

Carlisle, PA – May is Celiac Awareness Month and the nutritionists at GIANT Food Stores are offering ten tips to help you go gluten-free whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or have opted to go gluten-free for other reasons.

According to the National Institutes of Health, celiac disease affects about one in 141 people in the United States today. It’s an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, and affects the small intestine. The only treatment is to maintain a gluten-free diet.

Here are ten tips from GIANT nutritionists to help you and your family go gluten-free:

  • There are plenty of naturally gluten-free foods that provide the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Build a gluten-free diet around fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds and beans and cook from scratch as much as possible.
  • Most gluten-free breads and cereal are low in fiber. Choose naturally gluten-free fiber-filled grains like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, teff and sorghum.
  • Instead of bread or wraps, use romaine or kale leaves. Add your favorite sandwich ingredients such as turkey, tomatoes, and avocado and roll up!
  • Cross-contamination is an issue when preparing gluten-free food. To keep gluten-free foods safe, purchase two sets of cooking utensils and dishware as well as a separate toaster or consider reusable toaster bags. Make sure everything in the kitchen is labeled clearly.
  • Gluten can be lurking in unsuspecting items. Read labels when it comes to broths, seasoning mixes, sauces and marinades. When shopping at GIANT, look for the blue and green gluten-free logo on products and shelf tags throughout the store.
  • Gluten-free items can be loaded with added sugar. Stick to single digits of sugar per serving, 8 grams or less is ideal.
  • Enjoy pizza night by making a cauliflower crust and loading up with your favorite toppings. GIANT offers an easy to make recipe found here and with many other gluten-free recipes in the Recipe Center.
  • Wheat flour is often used to thicken sauces and gravies, so try potato starch, cornstarch, arrowroot starch or tapioca starch/flour for a gluten-free alternative.
  • Gluten-free baking can taste unfamiliar, so add spices for a flavorful boost. Double the amount of vanilla or try extra cinnamon or nutmeg to deepen flavor.
  • When baking gluten-free treats, lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees, as they tend to brown more easily.

Learn more about going gluten-free and recipe ideas by attending one of the free classes this May offered by the GIANT nutritionists. The complete schedule and locations are below.

  • Gluten-Free Baking 101, Monday, May 4 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Linglestown Road GIANT located at 2300 Linglestown Road in Harrisburg.
  • Gluten-Free 101, Tuesday, May 5 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Camp Hill GIANT located at 3301 Trindle Road.
  • Gluten-Free Made Easy, Tuesday, May 12 from 1-2 p.m. or 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Montgomeryville/North Wales GIANT located at 1201 Knapp Road.
  • Gluten-Free Basics, Thursday, May 14 from 1 – 2 p.m. or 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Havertown GIANT located at 116 Township Line Road.
  • Gluten-Free Living 101 (w/ a physician from Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology) Monday, May 18 from 6 – 7p.m. at Linglestown Road GIANT located at 2300 Linglestown Road in Harrisburg.
  • Celiac Disease Awareness, Tuesday, May 19 from 3 – 4 p.m. at Exton GIANT located at 141 E. Swedesford Road.
  • Gluten-Free Living 101 (w/ a physician from Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology) Wednesday, May 20 from 6 – 7p.m. at Camp Hill GIANT located at 3301 Trindle Road.
  • Celiac Disease Awareness, Thursday, May 21 from 5 – 6 p.m. at Flourtown GIANT located at 1874 Bethlehem Pike.
  • Wheat or Gluten Sensitivity, Thursday, May 28 from 1 – 2 p.m. or 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Willow Grove GIANT located at 315 York Road.
  • Gluten-Free Living 101 (w/ a physician from Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology) Thursday, May 28 from 6 – 7p.m. at Hampden Township GIANT located at 4510 Marketplace Way in Enola.
  • Gluten-Free on the Go, Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Montgomeryville/North Wales GIANT located at 1201 Knapp Road.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, please visit the nutritionists’ page on GIANT'S website or call your local GIANT store.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.