Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that you might not expect.
Common foods containing gluten:
So gluten free quite simply means not containing the protein gluten.
There is a misconception that a gluten free diet is generally healthier, however there is no evidence that the presence or absence of gluten relates to a quality diet.
Most people who follow a gluten-free diet have something called celiac disease, a genetically-based autoimmune disease. When gluten is eaten by a person with celiac disease it triggers an immune system reaction that damages the lining of the small intestine. When the lining of the small intestine is damaged, nutrients can not be properly absorbed. Once gluten is completely removed from the diet the intestine is able to heal.
It is therefore important that these people select Gluten Free foods. Yes a lot of popular foods seem to all contain gluten but there are now more and more gluten free grains available such as rice, corn, millet, sorghum, wild rice, teff, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth and gluten free oats.
At OTE we want to make sure as many of our products as possible are usable by everyone. That’s why we have made sure a wide range of our products are gluten free.
Our gluten free products are:
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