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Available October 2nd, Cookies by Design makes Gluten Free delicious at last!


Cookies by Design goes Gluten Free!

Another world first from the company that introduced the original Cookie Bouquet.

The benefits of pursuing a gluten free diet have become more and more popular for many consumers, whether this is a lifestyle choice or because they suffer from Celiac disease. One of the generally accepted principles is that these people are deprived of having tasty alternatives in their diet and particularly with regard to sweet treats and desserts - no more!

We are delighted to be launching a range of cookie treats that have been painstakingly developed to contain all the delicious flavor of our traditional recipes, together with our unique designs. Our range includes our hand decorated sugar cookie bouquets, baskets and BouTrays together with 3 scrumptious gourmet cookie flavors: Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia and Millionaire. Finally we are delighted to introduce a brand new cookie range made from 100% all natural gluten free ingredients, our Healthy Energy bars.


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Consumer Information on Gluten Free Diets

The most serious illness that gluten can cause in people is Celiac Disease, a condition where the inability of proper digest gluten leads to chronic gastrointestinal symptoms- which nearly 2 Million Americans suffer from (Dr. Nobis, 2013). For these people, eating gluten adversely impacts health. If you test positive for celiac disease, it's imperative to follow a gluten-free diet to avoid becoming malnourished and to prevent chronic disease.

For others, eliminating gluten may improve conditions ranging from digestion to thinking.

We could think that only a small percentage of the population suffers from these problems, but according to the University of Maryland Center for celiac Research 18 million people, or 6% of the U.S Population suffered from Gluten Sensitivity in 2011(Robinson, 2011). This includes Wheat Allergies and Gluten Intolerance- conditions that cause numerous health problems that range from painful conditions like inflammation of the intestine, abdominal pains and digestion disorders to more serious conditions like neurological disorders, malabsorption of nutrients (leading to anemia) and attention deficit disorders.


Digestion
  • If you suffer from digestive issues, completely eliminating gluten may help. In those with celiac disease, eating gluten causes inflammation in the small intestine as well as a flattening of the intestinal villi, which reduces the amount of nutrients that can be absorbed and may result in malnutrition. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness states that eliminating gluten reduces stomach upset, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, gas, bloating and constipation in those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Many people who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome may actually have a gluten intolerance.


Neurological
  • The path to an improved mood, better focus and clearer thinking may be eliminating gluten. According the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, people with gluten sensitivities report that eating gluten causes headaches, foggy thinking, ADHD-like symptoms and even depression. These side effects occurring in the brain are attributed to an inflammatory molecule called cytokines, which are released when a sensitive person eats gluten. These cytokines are detrimental to brain function and high levels have been linked to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and autism.


Inflammation
  • Cytokines cause inflammation in other body tissues as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with a gluten intolerance may experience joint pain, muscle cramping and numb legs as a result of eating gluten. Chronic inflammation can cause pain, disease and even cancer. Inflammation of skin tissues and itchy rashes may also be a sign of gluten intolerance. If you have a skin condition such as eczema, you may see an improvement by eliminating gluten.


Energy Levels
  • If you are sensitive to gluten, it's likely you are not digesting and absorbing vitamins and minerals as well as you could be. This slight malnutrition can cause a drop in energy levels and leave you feeling fatigued. Many people with gluten intolerance report a feeling of overall weakness and tiredness. In addition, anemia, which also causes a person to feel tired, is attributed to a malabsorption of iron that occurs due to inflammation in the intestines. Instead of grabbing another cup of coffee, try eliminating gluten to improve energy levels




Why Has Gluten-Free Suddenly Become So Popular?

With recent increases in people being diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the idea of a gluten-free diet has been recently researched by physicians from all sides of the nutritional spectrum, including weight loss specialists, bariatric physicians, and dietitians.

A gluten-free diet can have a variety of health benefits, such as improving cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health, and increasing energy levels, if you have a gluten intolerance.

"If you choose to start a gluten-free diet, you are actually eliminating a variety of foods from your diet that are unhealthy," says Christy Shatlock, lead dietitian for bistroMD. Fried foods would be off limits, because of the breading, and desserts high in sugar and fat would be removed from your diet completely.

The market for gluten-free products has rocketed as increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Gluten Disorders. The idea of a gluten-free diet has been researched by physicians from all sides of the nutritional spectrum including weight loss specialists, bariatric physicians, and dietitians- giving consumers more and more reasons to change their life styles by pursuing a diet "free-of-gluten".





The Benefits of Avoiding "Processed" Foods

Many foods that are processed and available for purchase contain a lot of gluten, which is essentially unhealthy for you.

"verly-processed foods are bad for you because they contain chemicals, and artificial flavors," says Christy. On a gluten-free diet, you would likely eat more fruits and vegetables, just because they are several food sources that are non-starchy, and almost completely gluten-free.

By eating only gluten-free foods, you will also be eliminating unhealthy oils from your diet, as well as unhealthy carbohydrates found in bread products like doughnuts and pastries.

"Eliminating gluten, and eating a gluten-free diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other health-related conditions, like diabetes, if you have a gluten intolerance," says Christy. A gluten-free diet can also help your body ward off viruses and germs, just because many of the foods you eat will be full of antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals.




Cookies by Design is aware of the Gluten Health issue and decides to take action.

As a Food Manufacturing Company who is aware of our customer's needs, Cookies by Design was faced with the challenge of expanding our market by creating new Gluten Free Cookie Formulations. This was not an easy task. Working with Gluten Free ingredients is hard because gluten is the key component that makes dough elastic and gives baked products the texture that characterizes them. But we are now proud to say that we have successfully created a range of delicious Gluten Free Products- which have been tested and perfected- and are now ready to be introduced to this segment of the market that we were unable to reach before.

Going Gluten Free gives us the opportunity of reaching out to people who are generally deprived of sweet treats and desserts. Cookies by Design has decided to be aware of this Health issue and Take Action. By going Gluten Free, Cookies by Design says- no more!




References:

Dr. Nobis, A. (2013, June). Digesting the facts about celiac disease. Retrieved from Robinson, K. (2011, March). Study from university of maryland center for celiac research places gluten sensitivity on center stage of spectrum of gluten-related disorders. Retrieved from http://umm.edu/news-and-events/news-releases/2011/school-of-medicine-researchers-identify-key-pathogenic-differences-between-celiac-disease-and-gluten-sensitivity