How do you know if something is gluten-free? Generally, you look at the label to see if there is some sort of gluten-free certification printed on it, some emblem or text that indicates that your food or drink has been approved as gluten-free. But then another question arises: who or what certifies products as gluten-free? Where do gluten-free certifications come from – whence are they issued? Moreover, what does it mean to say that something is certified gluten-free? Who decides what is gluten-free enough? Must a product have no gluten to be gluten-free, or can it merely have very small amounts? Below, we attempt to untangle these questions to give you a better idea of what the somewhat complicated world of gluten-free certification is all about, and how you can tell that what you consume is gluten-free. With three million people in the U.S. suffering from celiac disease and another 17 million with a gluten sensitivity, this is pressing matter.
We’ve long been fans of Ozo Coffee – they have some of the best coffee in Boulder – so it is a bit perplexing that we haven’t celebrated their extensive lineup of gluten-free snacks before. This is doubly perplexing because these gluten-free options have been available right from the start, when Ozo opened in Boulder in 2007, so it’s not like this is a new development. In any case, Ozo does have tons of gluten-free snacks and treats to compliment your coffee, and that’s the important point, the one we are here to write about. If you are looking for a coffee shop with lots gluten-free food options, definitely give Ozo a try.