Freelance writer, blogger, social media manager. Mum-of-two.
Published May 14th 2013
A surprising selection of gluten free food
The availability of gluten free products has increased significantly in recent years, it is apparent the demand for gluten free food is on the rise.
Gluten is a substance which can be found in wheat, barley, oats and rye. Some people have severe intolerances to products made with wheat flour, found in common foods such as pasta, bread, cakes and biscuits.
Gluten can cause serious health problems for those suffering from Coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in those carrying the gene that predisposes them to it.
However, a growing number of people that may not be intolerant to wheat products, are choosing to eat gluten free food as they believe following a wheat or gluten free diet would be a healthier option for them.
The selection of wheat and gluten free food products in our supermarkets have increased recently, with popular brands such as Woolworth's Macro Wholefoods and Coles own brand gluten free products stocked on the shelves of our local stores.
Their major competitor, Aldi, launched their own selection of gluten free products this year, going by the brand name 'Has No'. Aldi's Has No range is quite substantial, ranging from gluten free flour, cereal, biscuits, crackers, pasta, gravy mixes, cake and pancake mixes, noodles, rice crumbs and muesli bars. Prices tend to be a fair bit cheaper than their competitors too.
It has been known that some gluten free food products have a tendency to taste rather ordinary, and so the question remains, does Aldi's Has no range taste good?
Whilst our household is not intolerant to wheat or gluten, we occasionally choose gluten free products to vary our diet with food made with a grain alternative to wheat. As such, we've tried and tested a few of Aldi's Has No range. So far, our choices have been successful.
To start with, Has No gluten free fruity rings cereal. Whilst we find them too sweet for breakfast, these little puffy rings are a big hit with our son.
However, the biggest success so far, would be Aldi's Has No gluten free pasta shells. So far, we've found no other gluten free pasta to compare, other brands usually cook through into a sticky or mushy mess. Aldi's Has No pasta cooks beautifully, resulting in the texture you'd expect a pasta to be; still slightly firm and mixing well with sauces.
I must say that sometimes I get bored by the same old Aldi stuff but one of the reasons I shop there besides the good prices is because of the surprises. There new gluten free range is one of them. But then so was my $100 TV.
We are coeliac with corn allergy and will be visiting from NZ soon and wondering if the Has No range of products contain corn flour? I have been searching for ingredients but been unsuccessful. Can anybody help please? Corn starch is OK but not corn or maize flour. Really appreciate your help! Cheers! :D
I agree with your review of Aldi Has No range. I have enjoyed each item that I've purchased from this range and it is certainly cheaper than the rival stores. Im a diagnosed coeliac so this cheaper and tasty option is great for me.
I have only recently discovered the Aldi "Has No' range and I am very impressed. My partner and I have allergies to wheat, dairy, soy, yeast, sulphites and several other things. It really is very hard to find products off the shelf that we can both eat. Usually if we do find something without all of those ingredients it tastes like cardboard. No so with the Aldi range. I have tried the doughnut mix and pancake mix and I have to say, they are the closest to the real thing I have ever tasted. Absolutely delicious. Pancakes are light, fluffy and tasty. A far cry from the cardboard 'pucks' the other gluten free brands (costing 3 times as much) produce. Well done Aldi!! To the person below who ignorantly said "Aldi "Has No' flavour", clearly has not tried the products!