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Monday, September 10, 2007

Whole Foods Market Dairy-Free Lists

Finding a list of all dairy-free foods in the country is impossible. Too many local, regional, and specialized products.

Fortunately, many retailers are realizing that they have large audiences who need to avoid certain ingredients and the computer capabilities to start inventorying all the products that they carry.



The Whole Foods Market chain, for example, has a Special Diets page.
Our Special Diets pages provide store-specific shopping lists and overview information for those on special diets. We believe that food should bring pleasure along with good health, and these guides are intended as a resource to help everyone experience as many healthy, natural food choices as possible.

If you select a store and a type of special diet, a pdf file pops up that lists all the products in that store that is suitable for that diet. Diets include dairy-free, gluten-free, low fat, soy, low sodium, macrobiotics, sugar-conscious, vegetarian, and wheat-free.

As an example, I selected the New York City - Chelsea store and the dairy-free diet. I saw Dairy Free: Chelsea Store, Northeast Region with 20 pages of listings and the following sensible warning:
Whole Foods Market is excited to bring you "Celebrating Your Choices," a series of shopping lists and information for those on special diets. We believe that food should bring pleasure along with good health, and these guides are intended as a resource to help everyone experience as many healthy, natural food choices as possible. Check out our website for more information about dairy-free foods:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/specialdiets

We have made every effort to be as accurate as possible, however, we cannot be held responsible for individual reactions to any products nor can we guarantee the absence of cross-contamination. Always read the label and/or check with the manufacturer. INGREDIENTS CHANGE. This list is only a guide to assist you in your shopping for products available for your dietary needs. The information provided here is for educational purposes only. In no way should it be considered as medical advice. Please keep in mind that there are products available in this category that may not be shown on our list.

Right. Ingredients change without notice. You need to check for yourself. However, these lists are a great place to start.

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