Gluten free foods enjoyed a successful 2006 and are expected to come on even stronger in 2007. Companies have nearly doubled sales of its gluten free brands in 2006. There has also been expanded distribution in the U.S. and throughout Canada.
For companies who desire to sell these special but necessary products, it is best they seek certification before forging ahead with plans. Certification indicates that you are uniquely qualified to meet the challenging needs of dietary restricted consumers. Companies should also be fully committed to their mission of bringing great tasting gluten free foods to market.
Certification undoubtedly gives consumers the added confidence that all products are safe for those who must have a gluten free diet. It also ensures that the highest level of food safety and quality are put into practice.
There are exciting opportunities ahead in the gluten free, allergen free market. With the unrelenting strong demand for these types of foods on the increase; manufacturers and retailers are looking to develop more lines. Many are also looking to launch additional products and expand their distribution into new markets as well.
Their repertoire of products includes soft baked cookies, snack bars, granola, bagels and semisweet chocolate chips. Some offer trail mix that are specially made to be gluten free and free of the eight most common allergens.
It is estimated that twelve million Americans have at the very least one food allergy. A further three million have celiac. It is an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel. Once diagnosed with the disorder the only effective treatment is through diet. It results in the gluten sufferer adopting a lifelong avoidance of gluten.
People with Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, cannot process grains such as wheat, barley or rye. Gluten sensitivity keeps approximately fifteen percent of Americans from eating bread, pasta, pastry, and other gluten based foods. It damages their intestines.
Celiac sufferers may also be sensitive to certain food additives such as soy, MSG and other products. It is one of the most common genetic lifelong disorders in the United States. Another problem has been that many of the current gluten free baking companies produce bland tasting products. Gourmet high caliber gluten free baked goods are hard to find.
Today there are some very tasty recipes online. They range from sweet potato casserole to coffeecake. In addition, the foods can be served safely to anyone embracing a gluten free diet. Although there are many restrictions with gluten free living, you do not have to live in fear of everything that you eat. However, you must be sensible in your food choices.
If you make bad diet choices your health problems can range from having no symptoms to having extreme symptoms. You can experience bloating, diarrhea and weight loss due to inappropriate absorption of nutrients. All of these symptoms have to do with the digestive system and the consumption of wheat or wheat gluten.
Most gluten free foods are now tasty and delicious. Are you living a gluten free lifestyle? Are you considering expanding your gluten free choices?