Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jessica’s All Natural Gluten-Free Granola

A package arrived from Jessica’s Natural Foods and my first thought was “yum!”

One of the best things about writing a food allergy blog – and occasionally doing product reviews – is that I sometimes get free samples to try. This was a case where I wasn’t aware of the product before Jessica contacted me, but I am delighted that she did!

Jessica’s granolas are all made with certified gluten-free oats, no GMO’s, no preservatives, and no artificial colors. I am very happy that she kept the sugar low – most contain 7 or 8 grams of sugar per serving, whereas many granolas have at least twice that much.

In terms of safety, I love the way the products are labeled. Each package is very clear about exactly what food allergens it contains, what else is processed on the same equipment, and what else is processed in the same facility. This is the kind of information that it sometimes takes hours of digging to find. Kudos to Jessica. That's the way product labels should be done!!

The label on the Cherry & Berry Granola that I tried states that it is manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility, it is made on shared equipment with products containing tree nuts and soy lecithin, and it’s produced in a facility that processes eggs and soy.

The Cherry & Berry contains coconut, which of course is not a nut, but many of the granolas do contain tree nuts. They are clearly not suitable for those with tree nut allergies, but the rest of can easily scan the product information and know whether it is safe for us.

The granola itself is delightful. It contains just the right amount of crunch, just the right amount of sweet, and just the right amount of goodness!

Jessica’s Granola is available at Whole Foods in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, and ten other states, and at the Jessica's Naturals website.

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