Gluten-Free Multigrain Chips

Beyond Corn and Potato Chips

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Recent years have brought a widening selection of gluten-free multigrain chips. These products, which go beyond corn and potato chips to add in interesting nutritional sources such as flax seed and quinoa, make nice snacks when paired with gluten-free dips and salsas. Here's what's available:

• Crunchmaster multigrain crackers. These are billed as crackers, but to me they qualify as chips. Crunchmaster makes them from whole grain brown rice, corn, a four-seed blend with sesame and millet, plus oat fiber (be aware that not everyone who eats gluten-free can handle oats; read more here: Can People Who Can't Eat Gluten Have Oats?

). The crackers come in three flavors: sea salt, roasted vegetable, and white cheddar. Crunchmaster is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which requires testing to below 10 parts per million of gluten (the lower this number is, the better).

• Eatsmart Naturals Multigrain chips. Eatsmart Naturals, part of Snyder's of Hanover, makes four GFCO-certified gluten-free products, including its Whole Grain Tortilla Chips. The chips include corn, rice flour, sesame seeds, flax seed, chia seeds and quinoa.

• Food Should Taste Good multigrain tortilla chips. Food Should Taste Good, which is certified gluten-free by the GFCO, makes several different flavors of gluten-free multigrain chips in addition to its gluten-free potato chips and its gluten-free corn tortilla chips. Selections include multigrain, hemp, and white cheddar with flax and sesame seeds. Note that the multigrain chips contain oat fiber, which the company says is gluten-free.

These chips aren't always carried by more mainstream supermarkets, but they've become more widely available in the past year or two.

• Late July Organic chips. Small organic and gluten-free manufacturer Late July makes several different multigrain chips, including Sea Salt, Dude Ranch, Sweet Potato and Mild Green Mojo.

They're certified gluten-free by GFCO, meaning they contain less than 10 parts per million of gluten (since Late July also makes some gluten-containing products, always double-check to make sure what you're buying from the company is gluten-free).

• Lundberg Rice Chips. Lundberg, which makes reliably gluten-free rice, also makes gluten-free chips from rice in seven different flavors, including sea salt, barbeque and even sesame and seaweed. The chips all are based on organic brown rice and rice flour; all contain organic corn, and some contain dairy ingredients. Lundberg chips are pretty widely available, especially in health food stores and in the natural food sections of supermarkets.

• Mediterranean Snack Foods lentil chips. Lentils aren't technically grains, but Mediterranean Snack Foods' baked lentil chips fit well with the rest of these gluten-free multigrain chip products. They contain lentils, garbanzo and adzuki beans, and come in six flavors: cracked pepper, cucumber dill, parmesan garlic, roasted pepper, rosemary and sea salt.

According to Mediterranean Snack Foods' gluten statement: "Our tapaz2go, Baked Lentil Chips, Lentil Crackers, and HummuZ crackers are certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization. Our Popcorn and Veggie Medley Chips and Veggie Medley Straws contain gluten-free ingredients, but are produced in a facility that also processes wheat ingredients."

• Michael Season's Black Bean crisps. Again, these chips are made with a combination of beans and grains (in this case, corn and rice). They come in three flavors: Sea Salt, Nacho and Roasted Red Pepper. The company states that all of its snacks, including the black bean crisps, are considered gluten-free.

• Van's Foods multigrain chips. Van's, which is certified gluten-free by the GFCO (tests to less than 10 parts per million) makes two gluten-free multigrain chips: Mighty Good BBQ and Nacho, Nacho Man! flavors. Both contain oats, so beware if you're also sensitive to oats (read more about that here: Should Someone Who Can't Have Gluten Eat Oats?). The nacho flavor also contains milk ingredients.

• Way Better multigrain chips. Way Better's multigrain chip options include Sweeet Potato (with chia and quinoa), Multigrain (with corn, quinoa, brown rice, chia, radish and broccoli seeds), and Black Bean (with corn, black beans, flax seed and quinoa). Way Better is certified gluten-free by the GFCO, which means its products contain less than 10 parts per million of gluten. Like other gluten-free multigrain chips, they're not always available in stores, but you can buy them online.

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