MoneySaverSpain: Food intolerance shopping in Spain
From gluten- and lactose-free foods to hypo-allergen toys. Here's a list to keep you healthy and allergy-free in Spain.
For some people who've moved to Spain, not only do they have to deal with a new language and culture, but also the difficulty of searching for special foods needed for health or other reasons. Luckily that's changed, and hopefully due to increased competition, we might even see prices come down in the future.
First of all make sure you know the right term in Spanish for your food requirement – use an online translator such as linguee.com that offers translated examples from published articles. It's also a good idea to take a look at GlutenFreePassport.com for free printable food allergy translation cards, or you can use their free app for iPhone and Android. Now you can be sure you won't be purchasing the wrong products.
If you want to buy in-store, one option is to look up herbalista and your city on the online yellow pages (until recently herbalists were the only places you could find anything out of the ordinary). Thankfully, the bigger supermarkets in the last few years have started to increase the range of items available for different dietary needs, but you may have to hunt them down as some are placed together in one aisle while others are stocked with the same food group.
Websites for general food intolerances
The Foody.es website has a large range of items split by food types for different intolerances as well as bio, vegetarian and vegan items. Orders are delivered in five days and delivery prices depend on whether there are refrigerated or frozen foods included in your order. Foody also has an offers page with a few items reduced in price. Additionally this company offers allergen-free toys.
At Alvertia.com they have a wide range of products including refrigerated and frozen food. Products can be shown by type, brand or requirement (23 different categories). Delivery costs depend on the amount of the order, with free delivery on orders over EUR 100.
The Senslac website is mainly for lactose-free products, although they do include other options such as gluten-free, nut-free and more. Delivery prices are split by weight and whether the order requires refrigeration.
At Lactosa.org you can find a list of stores that stock lactose-free products in the city where you live in Spain.
Websites for gluten-free food
At Nongluten.es new customers will get a EUR 5 discount on their first order over EUR 40 – just enter NONGLUTEN in the discount code field. The site has over 400 products and 20 different brands. Delivery is free for orders over EUR 90 and you can choose which day you'd like to receive your order (they delivery Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays).
SinGluten.com offers free delivery on orders over EUR 30. Delivery is by courier in 48 hours except weekends.
GlutenFreeShop.es has a wide range of products, and delivery pricesare based on weight.
Reprinted with permission of Money Saver Spain.
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