Gluten Free products have raw ingredients that do not include the protein gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, oats, barley and their derivatives. Gluten free products have become very widely available as the popularity of a Gluten Free diet has grown.
For those diagnosed as having Coeliac Disease there is no option when it comes to following a Gluten free lifestyle. It is a lifelong disease and may produce a severe reaction when even a small amount of gluten is consumed. Some people however, who are intolerant to gluten, or who have a non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, notice that after removing it from their diet they feel an improved sense of wellbeing.
This can be a controversial topic, there are many sceptics who do not believe that there are any health benefits of avoiding gluten and on the other hand those who firmly believe in the positive effects it offers.
Gluten free options can however be loaded with sugar, additives and preservatives and in some cases are not a particularly healthy. The highly processed gluten free foods may be worth avoiding.
Gluten free products undergo testing to ensure they are free from contamination. Foods, supplements, and body products are included.