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In general wholefoods has a very poor selection of gf offerings. From the brand image I expected much more
This should be a reliable place to find well labeled products and the commercially packaged goods meet all labeling guidelines, BUT. The house prepared foods on the food bar are CONSISTENTLY under-labeled and ingredients are often not included. I can often see that thickeners or oils have been used but the chefs sometimes "wing it" and leave out ingredients. Or else the staff is lazy about posting the labels with ingredients. This morning I got half way thru an unlabeled mystery meat breakfast patty, (I chose because i didn't care what the meat was) before realizing it seems to have a wheat filler or breadcrumbs. I'm gluten intolerant and allergic to canola oil, so I've seen this pattern for thickeners and oils on the food bar across the whole chain in Los Angeles and I have been commenting on it for years. They don't seem to care. This place should be a refuge for people with special dietary needs but it's actually worse because they market as though they care but bury these land mines on the food bar. SO ANNOYING AND CARELESS.
Everything sold under the WholeFoods brand is packaged on shared equipment with wheat, making even naturally gluten-free foods potentially unsafe. I'm surprised WholeFoods isn't celiac friendly. I buy all such items from Nuts.com now, which has dedicated GF production.
Lots of gluten free options!
Tried the "Schmoo cake" sounds great just ok, whipped cream is the best part. Cake doesn't look appetizing (although it's probably more healthy this way) and isn't tasty either. Wish they would put all gf food together, it's time consuming to hunt for gf gems here. Definitely try the cup4cup flour if you're a baker. I can't use anything else now.
Love having a Whole Foods right off 45!
The best store to find an extensive list of gluten-free items! Their gf choices in the hot foods/salad bar area are delicious and clearly labeled. The best part is the knowledgeable staff and friendly service. The cheese department is a dream with samples and the best cheese selection around town!
So many GF items that I almost forget I have to do "special shopping for myself:) Their frozen GF Whole Foods White bread has become a staple in my house with the kids making their sandwiches from it too! Great prices, great products and great customer service! They have their own concierge (Bonnie) to help guide you through ALL of their offerings! I mean...come on! How AWESOME is that! I love this place!
Whole Foods has a really good salad bar in some of the locations and some good gluten free items in the baked goods area. they also can sometimes have gluten-free options in the prepared foods section or the warm prepared foods section even which is really nice. they are pre-made salad section the croutons are almost always either not included at all or they're in a sealed bag and have alternative dressing options if you need a different one you can ask them for one and I usually give it to you in my experience as well as some of the more harder to find products from the Expo are at Whole Foods
Once again underwhelmed by whole foods gluten free accommodations. Many major mainstream grocery stores do a better job if making it easy to find a quick gluten free meal and not have to have a salad. It is very simple you simply label your food. Does not have gluten containing ingredients. #wholepaycheck #wholegluten
It's fine for prepackaged foods. DO NOT eat from kitchen prepared foods. Yesterday I asked a kitchen manager about ingredients and looked for listed warnings on the food case tag. No gluten. Once I had started eating I noticed on the printed ingredient tag the second ingredient was gluten. The store manager was very apologetic. But me dealing with the consequences also took time out of vacation. It was a disappointing lesson learned.
At the deli I ask about a sandwich. They had gluten free bread so it looked promising. The job was handed over to the deli man who proceeded to recite a disclaimer that he doesn't know if anything he has contains gluten. I would have been happy to choose the ingredients, but told him at the very least he have to clean the cutting board. His response was that if I am that sensitive to gluten, I should not eat there. The only other time I found someone that testy was when it was busy, but here I was the only one at the counter. As a grocery store it is about same as a regular store as far as having a variety of gluten-free items.
New Beyond Meat burger place is not gluten free despite having a gluten free bun option. They pick up everything with their hands after handling wheat buns and don't change gloves so contamination is guaranteed. Confirmed with employee working their that they can't make gluten free burgers. The old burger place could do it with some instruction. Very misleading to advertise a gluten free bun with contaminated vegetables.
We refer to it as whole paycheck but amazing choice of foods all in one place. even their buffet is carefully marked. they also carry my favorite papa ganache cupcakes from Matawan in their refrigerator case, but be careful, they are next to non gluten free goodies. I just select items in further in the case. their in house bake shop also mashes fabulous goodies. they also carry my favorite gluten free rosemary baguette from against the grain.