A recent article in the New York Times looked at the explosion of gluten free products hitting the market.
With many people opting to go gluten free with health related issues, manufacturers of food products have opted to cater to this clientelle and offer gluten free products. The Girls Scouts are actually offering a gluten free cookie this year.
1.8 million Americans suffer from Celiac disease and another 18 million suffer from gluten sensitivity. But many patients just feel better not eating gluten. Now there are many options for these people.
Many big manufacturers have reformulated their staple products and changed their plants to not have any gluten in their foods. The FDA allows a food to be “gluten free” if the have less than 20 parts per million of gluten.
Fruits and vegetables are inherently gluten free, so it has been a boon for those products as well.
Whether one has celiac disease or gluten intolerance or neither, this has led to people eating less processed food and they are feeling healthier because of it.