This may be of interest to some. None of my family are gluten free; however, I may have to launch an elimination attack to determine potential intolerances in my wee boy. Accordingly, I’m having to pay far more attention to what is what in the food world than I ever have before…
An article from Food Australia said that 18 percent of the population are now buying gluten-free products. In the US alone the market for gluten free products was worth around $4.2 billion in 2012 and is estimated to reach $6.5 billion by 2017. The total number of new products claiming to be gluten free in the US increased from around 600 in 2007 to more than 1,600 in 2011.
In the UK, the gluten-free market which was predicted to increase by 46 percent to £561M by 2017 and has already seen a double-digit rise since 2008, according to Food and Drink Innovation Network. Even popular names in the food industry are releasing their own brands of gluten-free ranges. English celebrity chef Phil Vickery and food creative Bea Harling have launched their new Seriously Good Gluten-Free range in association with Squires Kitchen. As part of their Gluten Free Party Food Range, Marks and Spencer introduced the Asian-style Chicken lollipops, accompanied by cocktail sticks that were used to create main meals. And there seems no stopping the demand for gluten-free foods with many more speciality ranges scheduled to hit retail shelves this 2014.
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This is good news not only for people engaging in gluten-free diets but for parents with children in need of gluten-free dietary requirements. Parents are aware, whether gluten-free or not, that children by nature can be very picky eaters. The gluten-free diet has a lot of benefits for children such as increased energy and improved gastrointestinal functions. It also has positive effects on children with special needs. A recent study shows that some autistic children placed on gluten-free diets had significant improvements in their behaviour. Here are some great food ideas for your gluten-free diets.
This is very easy to make. Cook peeled and cored applies in a little water until they are mushy. Mash them and season with brown sugar, plain sugar, or maple syrup. You can also add a touch of cinnamon for flavour. Chill and serve. You can also use other fruits like peaches, apricots, and pear.
With your trusty blender, you can make a breakfast smoothie for your little one. You can use banana, frozen orange juice, frozen strawberries, gluten-free yogurt, honey or sugar, and silken tofu. You can adjust the ingredients based on your child's taste and nutritional needs.
This is perfect with gluten-free sandwiches. In a teaspoon of oil, fry a diced onion; put a dash of salt and add 14-15 ounces of canned tomatoes, a pinch of dry thyme, a half teaspoon of sugar and a little pepper. Cook for 10 minutes and mix.
by Emily James