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What Is Gluten Free?
Gluten free dieting first developed as a treatment for Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease which causes a toxic reaction in the body when an affected person is exposed to a particular protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other similar grains. Since the gluten free diet was first developed, even those who don't suffer from any kind of gluten intolerance have discovered the benefits. Although the disease itself only affects 1% of the population, 18-20% of all Americans are suspected to suffer from a form of sensitivity or intolerance to gluten.
In addition, there are many studies highlighting health benefits of avoiding gluten even if you're not allergic to it. Enough people have taken note that in 2011 gluten free dieting was named a top food trend. If the health benefits observed so far are any indication, the gluten free diet is not a trend: it is a healthy lifestyle choice that is easy to follow and here to stay.Some of the nation's largest corporations seem to agree. Subway sandwich shop recently tested gluten free products in its Dallas, Texas market. It offered gluten free sandwich bread and brownies, and both received a positive reception. The company is producing them in limited markets now, and plans to expand them nationwide within the next year. National dining chains like Carraba's, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, and Maggiano's already offer gluten-free menus and/or gluten-free pasta.
Baker's gluten-free goodies find audience - March 16, 2008