Odds are you have probably seen products labeled “gluten-free” around the grocery store, but what exactly is gluten and what is the reason for these gluten-free products?
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in nearly all types of grains. While gluten in most grains is of no particular health concern, the type of gluten that occurs in wheat, barley, and rye can be harmful to those who suffer from Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.
Why go Gluten-Free?
Celiac Disease (CD)
Celiac disease causes failure to digest the essential nutrients found in foods, due to gluten triggering a sensitivity to the small intestine. It is estimated that about 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease and about 83% are unaware or misdiagnosed. The only treatment for those who suffer from CD is to eliminate the intake of gluten.
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)
It is found that about 6% of the population suffer from Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. The symptoms associated with NCGS are similar, yet less severe than the symptoms associated with Celiac Disease. However, a person who suffers from Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity does not lack the antibodies and intestine damage that is seen with Celiac Disease.
Foods to Watch Out For:
Unless labeled “gluten-free” or made with alternatives like soy, rice, or corn.
Gluten-Free Products at Market Basket
At Market Basket, we want to make sure our customer’s needs are taken care of. We offer a vast selection of gluten-free products and increase our selection on a daily basis. If you have any questions about our gluten-free product selection, please visit your store’s manager or contact us.