Gluten Free Goodness

With so many people experiencing gluten intolerance I decided to do an entry on our GF products. I'm not sure what percentage of the general population has these issues but those of Scandinavian heritage are genetically prone. Since out town is nicknamed "little Norway" we have our fair share of celiac's.

"The condition, also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is a genetic disease that runs in families, especially those of north-western European descent. In countries such as Italy and Ireland, celiac disease is the most common genetic disease. Although it was once thought to be fairly rare in the United States, experts now believe that celiac disease is prevalent here as well, especially because many Americans have European roots. Indeed, nearly 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, according to a recent study by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore. Having a relative with the disease increases your risk."

"Studies have found that Finnish children are six times more likely to have type 1 diabetes and a five times higher rate of celiac disease than Russian Karelian children despite equal genetic susceptibility. Over-cleanliness and life-style may be promoting the higher prevalence of these disorders. "

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We are also starting to carry a variety of gluten free flour alternatives such as teff flour.


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