Monday, February 10, 2014

NY Bagel Cafe & Deli Rolls Out Gluten Free Items

Product Line Growing to Fit Special Needs

NY Bagel Cafe & Deli, the breakfast and lunch franchise, announced today that it will begin serving gluten free bagels and breads in its locations. With the recent increase in people diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, gluten free diets have been researched by doctors from all avenues of the nutritional spectrum. Gluten free diets can have a variety of health benefits such as improving cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health, and an increase in energy levels if you have a gluten intolerance.

What is Gluten?

Wheat Field
Wheat, a prime source of gluten

Gluten is a protein that is found in foods such as cereals, certain grains and wheat. The main purpose of gluten is to keep the elasticity intact in dough during the fermentation process helping it rise and keep its shape. Gluten makes bread chewy and prevents other foods from having a sticky, dough-like texture.

True gluten is a composite of gliadin and glutenin which is conjoined with starch in the endosperm of various grass related grains. The stored proteins of rice and corn are sometimes referred to as glutens, but their proteins differ from true gluten.

About 1 in 133 people in developed nations have an intolerance  to gluten. Gluten sensitivity is classified as an "intolerance", not an "allergy". Between 0.5 and 1 percent of people in the US and UK are sensitive to gluten due to celiac disease which constitutes an abnormal immune reaction to partially digested gliadin.

Gluten Free Bread BasketWhat products will be Gluten-Free?

NY Bagel Cafe will have an extensive line of gluten free products including:
  • Bagels
  • Artisan Breads
  • Sandwich Breads
The gluten free items require special manufacturing procedures and ingredients in their production. Because of this, the roll out may take some time to reach all franchise locations. NY Bagel Cafe & Deli is committed to making sure all franchise locations offer the new gluten free products.

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