The Rising Popularity Of The Gluten-Free Diet

The size of the Gluten-Free Market is consistently growing. Europe is represents more than 52% of the market share, but the popularity of Gluten-Free diets is growing fast in North America.

Lakeshore Convention Centres Catering has noted that even though only 1% of the population has been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, up to 30% of customers are opting for gluten-free food.

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What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale, barley. It is the gluten in wheat flour that helps bread and other baked goods bind and prevents crumbling. This feature has made gluten widely used in the production of many processed and packaged foods.

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Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. This results in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.

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The symptoms of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivities can include bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea, symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome. Other symptoms can include nausea, acid reflux, mouth ulcers and constipation. Individuals sensitive to gluten can also feel generally unwell, fatigue, headaches, foggy mind, numbness, joint pains, or skin rash.

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Gluten is found in many processed foods, because of it’s amazing ability to help stabilize, thicken and bind. While many gluten-free options are now available, generally most breads, desserts, pastas, soups, candies and even medications can contain gluten.

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A gluten-free diet can be very challenging and expensive to follow.

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There are concerns about the nutritional adequacy of gluten-free products as they can be high in fat and sugar, and often low in fiber, iron and B vitamins. People who require a gluten-free diet should consult a registered dietitian with expertise in this diet to ensure that they are getting all the necessary nutrients.

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Infographic provided by Lakeshore Convention Centres.

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