Celiac.com 05/13/2017 - Currently, a gluten-free diet is the only treatment recommended for people with celiac disease, or other medical sensitivities to gluten, especially those who show symptoms of gluten intolerance, such as vomiting and chronic diarrhea.
Overall, the rapid growth of the global market for gluten-free flours is due, at least in part, to increasing popularity within the processed food industry, growing urbanization and an increase in demand by an aging population. Another major factor is a growing concern with health-related issues, such as obesity, diabetes, and weight management, among others.
These, along with perceived generic health benefits are expected to drive a rapidly increasing demand for gluten-free flours in the coming years. However, lack of awareness in developing countries regarding the need and benefits of gluten free flours, along with the high cost of gluten free flours, as compared to wheat flours, may serve to dampen expected growth in the gluten-free flours market in near future.
Driven partly by ready availability, demand for gluten-free flours will come mainly from the fast growing bakery sector, especially as products like gluten-free biscuits become more popular, spurring the use of gluten free flours ingredients such as bean flour, chia seeds, and nut flours along with binders such as guar gum, xanthan, and baking powder.
Lastly, market analysts expect the commercial availability of pre-mixed gluten-free flour mixes to increase both supply and demand for gluten-free baked goods.