Have you noticed that more and more people are joining gluten-free diet these days? More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with celiac disease. Increased awareness about gluten sensitivity encourages people to take better care of their health. Those affected by Celiac disease can't properly digest foods that contain gluten without damaging their small intestine. Gluten-free diets for weight loss and improved athletic performance are becoming very fashionable too.
Groceries, supermarkets, and bakeries are in a rush to cater to this part of health-conscious population and capitalize on the new trend in food industry. If you are a bakery owner and want to join the gluten-free bandwagon, you need to have some basic knowledge about gluten and Celiac disease.
Gluten is a protein found in common wheat, barley, rye, and similar grains. It helps with cooking as it makes batters and doughs stick together. It gives your baked goods their form and structure. Gluten provides pastries and other baked goods their elasticity and stability. This protein is what holds all your creations together.
Gluten-Free diet is food choice that does not include any gluten. Substitutes have to be used instead of traditional flour and other ingredients. People with Celiac disease have to have gluten-free foods, while many food trends are recommending participants to stay away from gluten for various other reasons. Either way, offering foods with gluten-free options will benefit both kinds of customers.
Celiac disease makes body hypersensitive to gluten and attacks the lining of small intestines when gluten is found there. If a person continues consuming gluten, this process never stops and can cause significant health problems. The body will lose intestinal lining and won't be able to absorb needed nutrients. The deficiency of vitally important nutrients can lead to various other ailments like osteoporosis, anemia, diabetes, and various intestinal cancers.
When you start gluten-free baking, you have to be very cautious and very knowledgeable because people's health is at stake. Contamination can lead to serious complications for your customers.