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Why Gluten Free?

Off late there is a lot of talk about 'gluten' and 'gluten free products'. But, what exactly is gluten? Gluten is what the proteins in wheat endosperm are called, they nourish plants through the process of germination and when the plant matures, as in the case of wheat, gluten aids in the elasticity of dough made with it. The texture of wheat and whole-wheat breads comes from gluten. Gluten is present in all cereal grains like wheat, barley, rye etc. and is therefore present in all by products of these grains. Once flours are processed from these grains and dough is made, the process of kneading produces gluten strands which makes bread chewy upon baking. However, it is this gluten that is now found to be the cause of several digestion related medical conditions and even full - fledged allergies and complete intolerance. Celiac disease is one such condition which causes complete intolerance towards gluten and people affected by this condition cannot consume gluten in any form. It is recommended that going gluten free should be an informed choice or medically advised.

The past decade has witnessed an increase in cases of both clinically - diagnosed celiac disease and gluten - sensitivity due to a better understanding of the symptoms, advances in diagnostic techniques, and research that supports the remedial value of a gluten - free diet in the treatment of such cases. Then there are another group of consumer who do not suffer from either Celiac disease or sensitivity to gluten but prefer to eat either a gluten free or low gluten diet. Being intolerant to gluten or deciding to go gluten free doesn't mean ones diet has to be bland or limited. Several brands offer substitutes for typical gluten based products like breads and baked goods made with alternative grains like amaranth, quinoa, rice etc. and restaurants and establishments have now started developing gluten free menus. For Celiac patients it is advisable that gluten free products be purchased from reliable and well - known brands, since the reaction to gluten can prove very harmful.

At Vegit our R&D Centre provides solutions for not just ease in the kitchen but certain dietary restrictions too. The following products by Vegit are Gluten Free - Aloo Mash, Pav Bhaji, Aloo Bonda, Soya Roll, Aloo Tikki, Shami Kebab and Hara Bhara Kebab. These products are made with a base of potatoes and don't have any traces of grains like wheat specifically. All our Gluten Free products are clearly marked for easy identification. Going gluten free doesn't mean you have to go snack free too!

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