Every time I go food shopping to buy something for my husband who is celiac, I spend, or I think the right word would be waste, so much time reading all the labels to find out if the ingredients are gluten-free, and trying to research on my phone what are the best options for celiacs.
It can be confusing because what we hear is that most cheeses are gluten-free, except for the ones that have flavors added. But the truth is that you should always double check the ingredients.
Any cheese that has undergone additional processing like cheese creams, cheese spreads and shredded cheese, are more likely to contain gluten, and the risk of cross-contamination can be higher. That’s why it’s always better to look for the less processed food.
When buying cheese, read the labels and watch out for the following ingredients that might represent a gluten hidden form:
We wanted to share with you some of the cheese brands that are gluten-free that my husband has tried and that have been very safe for him.
After eating most of these products, Matt (who is very sensitive to gluten) has not shown any of the typical symptoms of celiac disease.
So if you want to eat safe food, start by trying these gluten-free cheese brands:
Our favorite cheese for making lasagna is Biazzo’s Old Fashioned Ricotta Cheese. It is gluten-free and has no additives or preservatives added. The Biazzo company has been producing its cheeses since 1964 and only uses 3 ingredients for making their products. My husband has tried this gluten-free cheese and he has felt good after eating it, so if you are celiac, you should definitely give it a try.
Another great option when it comes to eating a safe cheese is Organic Valley. We eat all the time their cheeses and we recommend to you doing the same because their products are safe for celiacs, they don’t feed their animals with synthetic hormones and they don’t use antibiotics, synthetic hormones or toxic pesticides. Our favorite Organic Valley product is their Raw Mild Cheddar Cheese because they are delicious, safe, and are made from pasture-raised cows. If you are celiac and you are looking to eat a safe gluten-free cheese, give Organic Valley a try.
Another cheese brand we really like is Kerrygold, and our favorite product is their aged cow’s milk Dubliner Cheese. It has a hard texture so we like shredding it and slice it for when we make hamburgers. They don’t feed their animals with hormones, actually their cows are grass-fed, so if you are looking to try a tasty cheese, don’t hesitate and try Kerrygold.
We know how difficult it is to find safe gluten-free cheese options for celiacs. My husband who is celiac and I have been there with our phones researching and trying to look for gluten-free cheese brands in front of the shelf at the supermarket. We also know that it is even harder to find safe blue and feta cheeses, but Litehouse brings to your table more options for you to eat safe and tasty. You should definitely add to your grocery list both Litehouse’s Simply Artisan Gorgonzola Cheese Wheel and Simply Artisan Aged Blue Cheese Wheel. They will make your cooking and eating a more satisfying process. If you are celiac you may know how annoying it is to find safe food, but these cheeses, besides being delicious, have a plus: they are Certified Gluten-Free.
We haven’t actually tried this brand but we have read a lot of good reviews from these products.
Augason Farms offer a variety of different cheeses safe for celiacs that are Certified Gluten-Free, which makes them even safer and more trustworthy.
Their Freeze Dried Shredded Colby Cheese is definitely in our list of food we would like to try.
Since my husband is celiac and its intolerance to gluten is surprisingly high, sometimes he refuses to try new products, but we are trying this one soon and we’ll share Matt’s feedback with you.
A company that has been offering high quality products since 1986 brings to your table a gluten-free cheese alternative. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is a low-fat cultured cheese safe for celiacs that you should not miss the opportunity of trying it. Always remember that being celiac doesn’t mean you have to eat boring, it means you have to research a little for the right products that are going to make you have a safe gluten-free lifestyle.
Mariana graduated from Communications & Journalism in Caracas, Venezuela, and has over 10 years of experience as a writer. She has worked on Digital Marketing, and for over 10 prestigious Cable Television Channels aired in Latin America. Matt graduated from Cornell University in New York. He started his own company in 2010, and has been running it by himself since then. Matt is an expert in Marketing, Sales, and creating 6-Figure Funnels for online businesses.
Over the past year we decided to start a company together and created "Vookies", that later expanded and became "Be Breader". We have been helping celiacs around the world to optimize and improve their health by incorporating safe and delicious meals into their daily menus.