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Gluten-free Snacks Gain Momentum During Allergy Awareness Month
Date:5/9/2013

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

Craig Franblau takes gluten-free labels seriously and if he dines outs he makes sure the restaurant guarantees that the food it says is gluten-free actually is.

“I read every ingredient and always have a few gently asked questions to ask a human being before I purchase or put anything into my body,” he said.

Craig has celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive condition that causes damage to the small intestines and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. The disease is triggered by the consumption of gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye.

Research estimates that 83 percent of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions and that 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Foods that are gluten free are normally found in diets for celiac disease, but people with a gluten allergy, unrelated to celiac, should also avoid gluten.

These numbers, along with increased awareness, mean a growing demand for foods that are gluten-free. Gluten-free sales reached more than $2.6 billion by the end of 2010 and are now expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2015.

Extend Nutrition, a healthy snack company that offers a patented line of snacks clinically proven to control blood sugar for up to 9 hours, recently confirmed that 16 of its flavors are gluten free.

“All Extend Nutrition snacks are made with gluten-free ingredients,” said Jonathan Lindberg, Extend Nutrition outreach manager. “We recommend 16 snacks for people with celiac disease. In our gluten-testing, we go one step further than the FDA recommended guideline (20 parts per milli
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