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    Can a Grocery Delivery Service Help You Shop Gluten-free?

    Jefferson Adams
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

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    Celiac.com 02/07/2019 - A number of companies have rolled out online grocery delivery services recently. Such services are growing in popularity every day. But are they helpful for gluten-free grocery shopping?  Being able to check products and labels can be crucial to effective gluten-free shopping. So, how helpful are grocery delivery services for gluten-free shopping? Can you really have your groceries delivered and be confident that they get the gluten-free part right? We’ve scouted the major grocery delivery services to find out. Here's what we found.

    Grocery Delivery Services:


    Safeway.com delivers groceries in some areas. They handle their own deliveries, so check the Safeway website for delivery information in your area. A search of Safeway’s shopping website for the term “gluten-free” turns up nearly 5000 products. Each product listing includes a picture and links for nutritional information, including potential allergens.


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    In San Francisco Bay Area, Farmstead.com delivers fresh, local groceries in your neighborhood, saving you time, money and stress.


    Target features grocery delivery by a company called Shipt. Type the term “gluten-free” into the search window to find numerous gluten-free products, including granola bars, bread and muffins. Shipt offers a helpful feature that allows shoppers to manage their selections in the virtual cart before placing their final order.


    Shipt.com partners with various grocers nationwide to offer grocery delivery services. Type the term “gluten-free” into the search window to find numerous gluten-free products, including granola bars, bread and muffins.


    Instacart.com partners with a variety of major grocery outlets in regions nationwide. Check by zip code to find options ranging from grocery stores and pharmacies to pet stores. In Los Angeles, Instacart partners with Aldi, Kroger, Ralph’s, Von’s and Albertson’s, among others. Check the main company website for delivery options near you.

    The Gluten-Free Mall

    GlutenFreeMall.com offers online shopping, and nationwide delivery services for hundreds of favorite, name brand gluten-free products.

    Overall, grocery delivery services can offer tremendous convenience, and ease of shopping. Nutrition and ingredient labels are shown on each product page.

    Be careful to check nutrition labels. Otherwise, some pros and cons include:


    • Convenience
    • Ease of shopping
    • Ease of managing cart and paying
    • Delivery


    • Nutrition information can be hard to find.
    • Double check the return policy of any service you choose. 

    Tip: If you’re not sure of certain items, order products that you are confident are gluten-free, such as dairy, fruit, vegetables, meat, etc., and try adding 

    Have you tried a grocery delivery service? If so, how was your experience? Let us know in the comment section. 


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    I often used the Peapod delivery service offered by Giant Food in the past, but not in the past 12 years, only partly because I'm retired now and usually can shop for myself or occasionally let my husband shop with a detailed list if I'm sick. I quit using Peapod because they ignored my stipulation that they NOT substitute products or brands when my order included unavailable products, although they claimed to honor that option. It is easier to do without or look elsewhere than to return an unusable product and still look elsewhere. I still shop in person at Giant, as they carry a very good gluten-free range of products now. 

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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