Gluten is a common ingredient found in thousands of foods, beverages and condiments. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to this ingredient. This has prompted an increase in the number of gluten-free products available for sale.
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Have you heard of gluten? It's a grain-based protein that's comprised primarily of wheat. Gluten is commonly found in barley, rye, oat, spelt and other grains. Because of its sticky texture, it's often added as an ingredient to foods and beverages. When gluten is added, it helps hold the other ingredients together.
Unfortunately, though, some people don't tolerate gluten very well.
Research shows approximately 1% to 2% of the global population suffers from a gluten allergy. Known as celiac disease is a troubling medical condition that, when left unchecked, can lead to serious discomfort or even complications. When a person with celiac disease eats or drinks a product containing gluten, he or she immune system will go until overdrive. The person's immune system will identify the gluten as a foreign invader, at which point it will attach the grain-based substance with white blood cells. The end result is increased inflammation in the small intestines that causes severe pain and discomfort.
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There are ways for people with celiac disease to live a normal life, however, beginning with choosing the right foods and beverages. Celiac disease is essentially an allergy that involves gluten. Therefore, people with celiac disease must use caution to ensure that they don't eat or drink any foods or beverages containing gluten. The rise of celiac disease has fueled the gluten-free products market. As rates of celiac disease continue to rise, more and more manufacturers are releasing gluten-free foods and beverages.
Gluten-free products, of course, are foods and beverages -- as well as condiments and other products -- that don't contain gluten. Without gluten, they are safe for individuals with celiac disease to consume.
The Gluten-Free Products Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015-2025 report by Future Market Insights is a comprehensive study of the global gluten-free products market. In this report, you'll learn more about the global gluten-free products market and where it's headed. It's one of the largest and most complete studies of the gluten-free products market. Among other things, it explores the market's size, classifications, chain structure, import and export figures, growth drivers, growth challenges and more.
This report segments the global gluten-free products market by several criteria. On the basis of product type, the market is segmented into bakery & confectionery, breakfast cereal & snacks, baking mix & flour, meat & poultry products and other gluten-free products. On the basis of geographic region, the market is segmented into North America, Latin American, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Japan and Middle Easy and Africa.