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10 top gluten-free finds at Expo East 2014

Gluten-free foods maintained their phenomenal growth curve at Natural Products Expo East 2014. These days, it almost feels de rigueur for a natural-foods item to tout a gluten-free certification.

And glory be: The days of “just good enough” or cardboard-texture gluten-free foods are truly a distant memory. Delicious, excellent-texture offerings are now standard, thanks to ongoing manufacturing innovation and increasing use of nutrient-rich, real-food ingredients.

These 10 foods spotted on the show floor are just a small sampling of the many worthy gluten-free finds featured at Natural Products Expo East. What were your favorites?

One looking-forward thought: Though gluten-free isn’t going anywhere, we’re hearing rumblings about “low-gluten” foods for people who may feel better on a GF diet but who don’t need to eliminate gluten 100 percent for medical reasons. We’re interested to see how “low-gluten” or “healthy gluten” foods—featuring heirloom wheat varieties like khorasan and freekah, which purportedly digest much better than highly processed gluten-containing foods—fare in the near future.

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