Yes, there's Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl. (Don't get us started on Trader Joe's.) But for its size, Alameda Natural Grocery has an impressive and thoughtfully chosen selection of gluten-free goods — many of which are hard to find elsewhere. Cream of Buckwheat cereal? Check. Antioxidant dried-fruit mix? Yep. Dairy-free Good Karma mud pie ice cream? Hell yes. It's not just that the store has gluten-free products; it's that they're incorporated seamlessly into the rest of the selection, so you don't have to feel ostracized by shopping in the "special-diet" aisle. But it's also carefully marked so you can easily pick out your gluten-free frozen pizza from the whole wheat variety. (And they don't mark stuff that's processed in the same facility as wheat as "gluten-free," even if some manufacturers do.) Finding new and tasty gluten-free products can be challenging, but at Alameda Natural, you can trust that they've done the work for you.
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