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Gluten-free products are 242% more expensive

That’s right, I did say 242%! This is according to a report on Gluten-free and regular foods: a cost comparison in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. They found that commercially available products labeled gluten-free are far more expensive than their “regular” counterparts. I have definitely found this to be true.

So, what are the options for people who must eat gluten-free? I would recommend trying to eat foods that don’t come in packages as often as possible — fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, grains such as rice or quinoa. This seems hard to do in our packaged society, but it can help keep costs down.

Aside from that, you pretty much just have to accept it as part of the overall cost of your well-being. I justify it by reminding myself that I no longer pay for asthma medication, iron pills and doctors appointments because I am no longer sick like I was. For me, the cost of my special diet is well worth how good I feel. Luckily I can afford to eat gluten-free.

Tax Deduction?

There are supposed to be tax deductions for gluten-free food, but it seems that it is a lot of work for little, if any, gain. Imagine having to record every single gluten-free item you buy and its cost comparison. Sounds tedious! According to the author of an article Tax Deductions for Celiacs, “…the following individuals should consider compiling and deducting the cost of the gluten-free diet: Those who pay for their own health insurance, and those who had large, uninsured medical bills. For most everyone else, such an exercise would, most likely, be an exercise in futility.”

Other articles:

Tax Deductions for Gluten-Free Foods as a Medical Expense
Flexible Spending Accounts and Celiac Disease

Hopefully someday living gluten-free will be easier for everyone.

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