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BerryCart is a new monthly subscription box that will allow people to try 9-10 organic, non-GMO, and all-around healthy products.  Enjoy new snacks and exclusive cash-back rebates to use in your app!

Sneak Peak: In the April box, we currently have 9 products, 5 are full-sized.  Here is the breakdown:

–        8 Non-GMO

–        5 Organic

–        6 gluten-free

–        4 Vegan

–        3 Kosher

–        4 Soy Free

–        5 Dairy-Free

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Author: Christine

Top 5 Superfoods

What exactly is a “superfood”? A superfood is simply a superior food, one that has especially high benefits when eaten, particularly in comparison with others of its kind.

 

So what superfoods should you be eating? Lucky for us, many of these foods are easy to find!

 

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are considered to be a treasure for health. Chia seeds are very rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and can be stored for long periods without deteriorating because they don’t need to be ground to release their health benefits. They are rich in vitamins A, B, E, and D and are an excellent source of protein. They are also vitamin rich and carry zinc, thiamine, silicon, sodium, niacin, iron, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium and are a great source of fiber. The seeds have 6 times the calcium found in milk, 6 times the protein found in kidney beans, and 3 times the iron found in spinach.
Add to your diet by:

–          Health snacks and chips

–          Sprinkle into a smoothie

–          Add to baked goods as an egg substitute or grind a few pinches into your flour.

–          Sprinkle into yogurt

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Kale

Kale is a strain of wild cabbage and is one of the most powerful green leafy vegetables that you can eat. Kale contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that are needed to form protein in the body and has a 3 to 1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. This is very welcome news to vegetarians! Kale is considered easy to digest and is very low in calories and has a higher rate of omega 3 than omega 6 fatty acids, an unusual occurrence in nature. Kale is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium.

Add to your diet by:

–          Kale flakes

–          Health snacks and chips

–          Mixed in stir fry

–          Added to salad

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Walnut

Walnuts contain the most antioxidants of any type of nut, which helps to stave off premature aging, cancer, and heart disease. They are also the richest nuts in omega-3 fatty acids, and are a great substitute if you don’t like to eat fish. Walnuts contain manganese, and vitamins E, C, B, and A.

Add to your diet by:

–          Sprinkling onto salad

–          Stirring into yogurt

–          Add to baked goods

–          A yummy snack!

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Blackberries

Easy to find and a delight to go gather for yourself! Blackberries top the chart due to beating the competition by having an overall nutritional levels that beats out other fruits. They have the highest vitamin K of all berries and are very high in antioxidants. Blackberries have a high omega-3 count and are high in fiber. They are rich in potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. Blackberries are rumored to have qualities that help with coordination, balance, and cognitive function, due to polyphenols. Blackberries also have properties that can help aid in digestion.

Add to your diet by:

-A handful for a snack.

–  Juiced

– Added to baked goods

– As a preserve

– Sprinkled onto yogurt or salad.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is touted to be useful for almost anything. It has immune boosting properties, controls blood sugar levels, boosts energy, and is rumored to help lower the instance of abdominal fat. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants that help prevent illness, viruses, and bacteria. It can also boost thyroid function and blood sugar control. Coconut oil is loaded with healthy types of saturated fats (medium chain triglycerides) that raise good cholesterol and change bad cholesterol to a benign subtype. Because of the medium chain fatty acids, the body processes coconut oil differently than other fats and oils. They go straight to the liver, where they are used for energy or turned into ketone bodies, which are known to improve the condition of brain disorders. Coconut oil also reduces triglycerides and improves blood coagulation.

Add to your diet by:

–          Baked goods

–          Cooking as you would with vegetable oil

–          In dressings

 

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One final thing that is important to remember when choosing superfoods is that your end goal might vary what is best for you as an individual. For example, foods that are the richest in nutrition might also be higher in calories than alternatives, so it is important that you understand your health goals when making a dietary plan for yourself. Our list is one that reflects overall well-being and health. Happy eating!

Author: Kira

Pea Protein, the New Vegan Meat Substitute

Meat substitutes are nothing new in the world of vegan and healthy eating. There are many options to explore for the health conscious gourmet palette, but one of the newest alternatives on the scene, pea protein, is getting a lot of attention. Why is pea protein such a rising star? For several reasons!

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The first is that meat alternatives made with pea protein can be made with a different texture that solves the age-old dilemma of meat substitutes –  it doesn’t feel like mush or rubbery. Instead, it has the texture that most people miss when they switch from animal products.

 

Secondly, you might be shocked to find out that pea protein actually is more useable to your body than meat protein! Let’s take a look at a breakdown of useable protein by type:

Pea protein 85%-90%

Whey 81% – 90%

Meat 20%

Soy 61%

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Pea protein is comparable to whey, with soy at a mediocre second. However, unlike the other two, pea protein is very easy on your body to digest and allergies to it are rare. While some people are skeptical about eating pea protein for the first time due the fact that peas are a legume, you can rest assured that pea protein is not known to cause flatulence due to the way it is processed.

 

Veggie meats made with pea protein are also lower in calories than animal-based alternatives by at least 14% to 35%! In addition, pea protein is very, very low in fat and that makes it a perfect substitution for those who are dieting.

 

Pea protein is rich in essential amino acids, something that is ideal for people who are active in sports. It has Lysine and Glutamine, which help to maintain nitrogen levels during a workout. It also contains Arginine, which is great for heart health and is a muscle metabolism stimulant, and also Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine, which help maintain muscle tissue.

 

 

Another health benefit of this animal alternative is that it is free of GMOs, Antibiotics, and no growth hormones that are the hallmark of conventionally grown meat. Plus, you can sleep soundly knowing that the little plants that went into your food were kept in a happy, healthy, environment, where they naturally grew big and strong. This is not true of the conventionally grown meat, which is grown in extremely poor, cramped, and unhealthy conditions. Plus, conventional meat farms produce mass quantities of waste material that can be difficult to dispose of.

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You might be wondering where pea protein comes from and you’ll be relieved to find out that it is not something that is formed in a lab. Have you ever had homemade pea soup from scratch? The dried peas that were used in that soup are powdered to become the exact same base that is used for pea protein to make the meat substitute.

 

If you are quite sold yet, meats made with pea protein have a longer natural shelf life and it’s faster to prepare than conventional meat. This makes it much easier for you to finish those quick dinners on busy days!

 

It’s 100% vegan, 100% natural, and much better for your body, with an authentic texture and a taste that blends naturally into your recipes.

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Author: Kira

Kale and Chia and Black Beans oh MY: Three Great Foods to Add to Your Diet this Week

You probably already know that Black Beans are good for you. Aside from being one of the healthiest foods for your colon and digestive tract, black beans are a great way to fulfill the weekly dietary recommendation of 3 cups of legumes per week.  But did you know that black beans are also great for blood sugar regulation due to its natural ability to curtail simple sugar extremes during digestion? They also contain 8 different flavonoids that have antioxidant potential and are high in phtyochemicals. In layman’s terms, they are a big help in the prevention of cancer.

 

But guess what – black beans aren’t just good for YOU, they are good for the soil too!  Beans are one of the only cultivated plants that enrich, rather than deplete, the soil they are grown in.

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Chia is actually nothing new, even though it’s new to a lot of Americans. It was a highly prized plant to the Mayans. In fact, chia is the Mayan word for strength. Modern science is proving that the Mayans knew what they were talking about.

Chia seeds contain massive amounts of nutrients on very little calories. In fact, the nutrient to calorie ratio is one of the best known to food.  Two Tablespoons of chia seed contains 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. They are also very high in magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and calcium and contain a significant amount of Vitamins B1, B3, and B12, Zinc, and Potassium.

 

If that isn’t enough for you, chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. Foods rich in antioxidants are necessary for helping your body prevent infectious and debilitating diseases. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been known to reduce dangerous health markers in diabetics.

 

Chia is also classed as a “whole grain” and is naturally gluten free. As a bonus perk, they are also usually grown organically and GMO-free and are easy to incorporate into your diet. Most nutritionists consider chia to be a “superfood” with no question.

 

Kale was at one time relegated to the unfair position of “food dressing,” where it’s lovely leaves were simply there to make other foods look prettier. However, those days are long gone.

 

Kale has special cholesterol lowering benefits and is excellent for aiding in digestive tract issues. It contains properties that allow bile acids to be excreted more efficiently. The plant is now well-known for helping assist in body detoxification, as well. Kale has been specifically linked to the prevention of at least five different types of cancer – bladder, breast, prostate, ovary, and colon – and new findings are coming in regularly.

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Science has also found at least 45 different identifiable flavonoids in kale that combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you aren’t sold on kale yet, 1 cup of kale has only 36 calories, but packs a huge vitamin punch. Its loaded with vitamins A,  K, and C, and also contains significant amounts of calcium, fiber, iron, B6, copper, manganese, and vitamin E.

 

So as you can see, we aren’t kidding! These are three great foods that you should start adding to your diet this week! Your body will thank you.

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Author: Guest Blogger

So what else is new about being Gluten-Free?

You may have heard that eating only gluten-free foods makes you feel better, feel less sleepy, and even eat healthier? Gluten-Free is becoming increasingly popular–even we were curious as to what the real benefits are. Here are the real details about truly being gluten-free.

 

What is Gluten?

 

Gluten is a protein found in mature seeds of cereal grasses such as wheat (including spelt triticale, kamut, farro, einkorn), barley and rye. It is an ingredient that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep its shape. It can also be an ingredient in salad dressings, seasoning mixes, imitation meats, beer, vitamins, and cosmetics.

 

Who should go Gluten-Free?

 

Celiac disease. Individuals with Celiac Disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system responds by damaging the small intestine with the consumption of gluten. The body cannot absorb minerals from food and instead excretes them in stool. Prevention Magazine’s symptoms of Celiac Disease include stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, constant diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, floating stools bloody or fatty in appearance, easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue, joint pain, and dermatitis.

 

Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Sensitivity. Gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity ( a less severe version) is not an immune related response, but can have similar symptoms from the consumption of gluten including abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gassiness. Over a long period of time individuals that consume gluten with gluten intolerance may cause permanent damage to their intestines, where gluten sensitivity will not damage the intestinal lining. Those who experience gas and bloating in particular after eating wheat may also be reacting to a form of carbohydrate in the wheat called fructans, rather than the gluten protein itself.

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How to replace gluten in your diet.

 

Not all grains contain gluten! Several Grains that are naturally gluten-free include rice (white, brown or wild rice) , corn, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, teff, and oats. Sometimes these items may be referred to as “glutinous” because of their texture; however, their composition and protein differs from true gluten.

 

Time to test your knowledge, are you a Gluten-Free Guru?

 

Fact or Myth? Rice cannot be eaten on a gluten-free diet.

 

Myth: Rice may be referred to as glutinous due to its texture, however it is gluten-free and okay to eat on a Gluten-Free diet!

 

Fact or Myth? Regular oats at the grocery store are gluten-free; therefore, they are safe for one with Celiac disease to consume.


Myth: Although oats don’t technically contain gluten, they are often cross-contaminated with wheat gluten during processing, so a person with celiac-disease could become very sick consuming these regular oats. When purchasing oats on a gluten-free diet, look for oats that certify on the package that they are indeed gluten-free.

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Author: Julia

Celiac Disease – What Is It?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where one’s immune system will damage the small intestines if one ingests gluten.

People who have Celiac disease must completely eliminate gluten, because consuming even small amounts triggers symptoms, including belly pain and bloating. This happens because in people with Celiac, gluten causes the immune system to damage or destroy villi, the tiny, finger-like outgrowths that line the small intestine like a microscopic plush carpet. Healthy villi absorb nutrients through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, so when they become damaged, chronic malnutrition occurs, which is typically accompanied by weight loss and exhaustion. In people with this diagnosis, avoiding gluten is the only way to reverse the damage.

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What Is Celiac Disease?

When people with Celiac Disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. The tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine are damaged or destroyed. Called villi, they normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, regardless of the quantity or quality of food eaten.

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Symptoms Of Celiac

Early signs and symptoms of Celiac include: Stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, intermittent or constant diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and floating stools that are bloody or fatty in appearance. Long-term symptoms include easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue and joint pain, and dermatitis, or itchy skin.
Diagnosing The Disease

The results of a blood test can help detect Celiac Disease. If a blood test comes back positive for the appropriate antibodies, an upper endoscopy may be performed to assess possible damage to the small intestine, more specifically the duodenum. If there is a flattening of the villi, those finger-like projections that absorb nutrients, the doctor or a registered dietitian will work with the patient to create a gluten-free diet. After a few months, the doctor may order another round of blood tests and an endoscopy to evaluate the body’s response. Genetic testing is also helpful for relatives of those with Celiac Disease, as the disease is hereditary and common among first-degree relatives.
The Longterm Damage Of Celiac

According to the American Celiac Disease Alliance, eating gluten can cause those with Celiac Disease to be malnourished. This is because the body cannot absorb vitamins and minerals from food, and instead excretes them in the stool. This can cause weight loss and vitamin deficiencies, which if severe enough can lead to stunted growth, neurological problems, and low bone density. Calcium and vitamin D are lost in the stool as well, which can lead to rickets in children (a type of kidney stone), as well as osteomalacia (softening of bones), osteopenia, and osteoporosis. Cancer, especially gastrointestinal cancer, has also been reported to occur in cases of longstanding untreated celiac disease.
Celiac’s Dietary Restrictions

Sufferers of Celiac Disease cannot eat foods made with all-purpose flour, bleached flour, bran, couscous, wheat bran, or wheat starch, among others. Under new labeling laws, any foods containing wheat must be identified in the ingredients section on the food label. Celiac suffers must also avoid rye and barley, the latter of which is often used as malt flavoring. Oats can be tricky: Pure, uncontaminated oats consumed in moderation (up to 1/2 cup of dry oats daily) may be tolerated by some, but not all, celiacs. Gluten-free alternatives include rice, corn (maize), soy, potato, tapioca, beans, quinoa, and nut flours. The Celiac Disease Foundation is a good resource for information about gluten-free foods.

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Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles: NonGMO | Vegan | Soy-Free
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Sweetie Pie Snacks: Organic | NonGMO
Oxlent Daily Multivitamin Drink: NonGMO | Dairy-Free | Soy-Free

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Saffron Road Chicken Nuggets: Halal

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Gnarly Whey Protein: NonGMO
Xiomega3 Chia Seeds: Vegan | NonGMO
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EBOOST Energy Packet *FREE: NonGMO
Coco Libre Coconut Water: Organic
2 Degrees Food Bar: Vegan
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Califia Iced Coffee + Almond Milk: NonGMO | Vegan
Cup4Cup Baking Mix: NonGMO | Kosher
Califia Almond Milk: NonGMO | Vegan
Thoughtful Food Granola: Organic | NonGMO | Dairy-Free | Vegan
Fruit Bliss: Organic | NonGMO | Vegan
Kay’s Natural Cereal: Kosher
Don’t Go Nuts Soy Butter: Vegan | Nut-Free | Organic | NonGMO
SunButter Sunflower Seed Butter
Pamela’s Baking Mix
Trulicious Sweetener
Pyure Organic Stevia: Organic | NonGMO
Frosteen Queens All Natural Frosting
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What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where one’s immune system will damage the small intestines if one ingests gluten.

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/benefits-and-downsides-gluten-free-eating

People who have Celiac disease must completely eliminate gluten, because consuming even small amounts triggers symptoms, including belly pain and bloating. This happens because in people with Celiac, gluten causes the immune system to damage or destroy villi, the tiny, finger-like outgrowths that line the small intestine like a microscopic plush carpet. Healthy villi absorb nutrients through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, so when they become damaged, chronic malnutrition occurs, which is typically accompanied by weight loss and exhaustion. In people with this diagnosis, avoiding gluten is the only way to reverse the damage.

Prevention mag:

What Is Celiac Disease? When people with Celiac Disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. The tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine are damaged or destroyed. Called villi, they normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, regardless of the quantity or quality of food eaten.

Symptoms Of Celiac Early signs and symptoms of Celiac include: Stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, intermittent or constant diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and floating stools that are bloody or fatty in appearance. Long-term symptoms include easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue and joint pain, and dermatitis, or itchy skin.

Diagnosing The Disease The results of a blood test can help detect Celiac Disease. If a blood test comes back positive for the appropriate antibodies, an upper endoscopy may be performed to assess possible damage to the small intestine, more specifically the duodenum. If there is a flattening of the villi, those finger-like projections that absorb nutrients, the doctor or a registered dietitian will work with the patient to create a gluten-free diet. After a few months, the doctor may order another round of blood tests and an endoscopy to evaluate the body’s response. Genetic testing is also helpful for relatives of those with Celiac Disease, as the disease is hereditary and common among first-degree relatives.

The Long-term Damage Of Celiac According to the American Celiac Disease Alliance, eating gluten can cause those with Celiac Disease to be malnourished. This is because the body cannot absorb vitamins and minerals from food, and instead excretes them in the stool. This can cause weight loss and vitamin deficiencies, which if severe enough can lead to stunted growth, neurological problems, and low bone density. Calcium and vitamin D are lost in the stool as well, which can lead to rickets in children (a type of kidney stone), as well as osteomalacia (softening of bones), osteopenia, and osteoporosis. Cancer, especially gastrointestinal cancer, has also been reported to occur in cases of longstanding untreated celiac disease.

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Celiac’s Dietary Restrictions Sufferers of Celiac Disease cannot eat foods made with all-purpose flour, bleached flour, bran, couscous, wheat bran, or wheat starch, among others. Under new labeling laws, any foods containing wheat must be identified in the ingredients section on the food label. Celiac sufferers must also avoid rye and barley, the latter of which is often used as malt flavoring. Oats can be tricky: Pure, uncontaminated oats consumed in moderation (up to 1/2 cup of dry oats daily) may be tolerated by some, but not all, celiacs. Gluten-free alternatives include rice, corn (maize), soy, potato, tapioca, beans, quinoa, and nut flours. The Celiac Disease Foundation is a good resource for information about gluten-free foods.

What is Gluten?

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Have you heard that eating only gluten-free foods makes you feel better, feel less sleepy, and even eat healthier? Gluten-Free is becoming increasingly popular–even we were curious as to what the real benefits are. Here are the real details about truly being gluten-free.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in mature seeds of cereal grasses such as wheat (including spelt triticale, kamut, farro, einkorn), barley and rye. It is an ingredient that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep its shape. It can also be an ingredient in salad dressings, seasoning mixes, imitation meats, beer, vitamins, and cosmetics.

Who should go Gluten-Free?

Celiac Disease. Individuals with Celiac Disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system responds by damaging the small intestine with the consumption of gluten. The body cannot absorb minerals from food and instead excretes them in stool. Prevention Magazine’s symptoms of Celiac Disease include stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, constant diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, floating stools bloody or fatty in appearance, easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue, joint pain, and dermatitis.

Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Sensitivity. Gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity ( a less severe version) arenot immune related responses, but they can have similar symptoms from the consumption of gluten including abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gassiness. Over a long period of time individuals that consume gluten with gluten intolerance may cause permanent damage to their intestines, whereas gluten sensitivity will not damage the intestinal lining. Those who experience gas and bloating in particular after eating wheat may also be reacting to a form of carbohydrate in the wheat called fructans, rather than the gluten protein itself.

How to replace gluten in your diet. Not all grains contain gluten! Several Grains that are naturally gluten-free include rice (white, brown or wild),corn, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, teff, and oats. Sometimes these items may be referred to as “glutinous” because of their texture; however, their composition and protein differs from true gluten.

 

Time to test your knowledge, are you a Gluten-Free Guru?

Fact or Myth? Rice cannot be eaten on a gluten-free diet.

Myth: Rice may be referred to as glutinous due to its texture, however it is gluten-free and okay to eat on a Gluten-Free diet!

Fact or Myth? Regular oats at the grocery store are gluten-free; therefore, they are safe for one with celiac disease to consume.

Myth: Although oats don’t technically contain gluten, they are often cross-contaminated with wheat gluten during processing, so a person with celiac-disease could become very sick consuming these regular oats. When purchasing oats on a gluten-free diet, look for oats that certify on the package that they are indeed gluten-free.