Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds foods together. While gluten isn’t a bad for a person, it can be very harmful to someone who is sensitive to gluten. This often is called gluten sensitivity. Sometimes gluten sensitivity can be an autoimmune disorder called, Celiac Disease.
“Celiac disease … can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.”
– Celiac Disease Foundation
Obviously, people with gluten sensitivity and/or Celiac disease have very little to no gluten in their diets. This can be a problem when storing food storage because many freeze dried foods do have gluten in them. This doesn’t mean they all have gluten.
At Food Insurance, we strive to accommodate everyone. This goes for gluten free products. We do provide gluten free products, but please keep in mind, while items are inherently gluten free, they are produced in a plant that also handles wheat products, and consequently are not “certified” gluten free. There is potential for trace amounts of gluten.