You’re Not Alone – Wednesday Wisdom

You have company!

After my diagnosis, I felt alone. I was unfamiliar with the term “gluten- free”. Needless to say, I didn’t know anyone who was gluten-free. Actually I don’t believe I ever heard the term on a tv program or movie until a recent pizza shop on the television mentions they have a gluten-free crust option.

So right now I will attempt to dazzle you with statistics on Gluten-Free.

  • Approximately 3.1 million GF individuals in the United States; 72% of them do NOT have Celiac Disease
  • Gluten related concerns affect more women than men
  • Gluten Free individuals may be 6% of the world’s population
  • Gluten affects all ages

The demand for Gluten-Free food is growing due to greater awareness

  • Gluten-Free market predicted to grow by 8% to 10%
  • Gluten-Free food market to grow from $3.73 to $6.43 billion worldwide
  • 18% of adults buy Gluten-Free products
  • Gluten-Free restaurants are trending. (Hooray!)

I see being Gluten-Free a easier experience than it probably was many years ago. Many of my favorite foods are available in box or frozen … and some choices are fresh. As I see it, the only entity that has not embraced GF is the fast food industry. For me, that is good and probably has attributed positively to my healthier lifestyle.

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