In fact, many people are still unaware of what gluten actually is, or the variety of different foods and products in which it is found. By definition, gluten is a protein compound found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye; which is used in products to increase elasticity, giving them a chewy texture. Products as diverse as bread, chocolate bars, cosmetics, hair products, cakes and vegetarian meat alternatives can all contain gluten.
For those with gluten sensitivity, eating products containing gluten triggers their immune system, causing internal and external inflammation and digestive problems which can lead to intestinal damage. However, gluten sensitivity and the very serious Coeliac Disease, often go undiagnosed, because there are over 300 associated symptoms which can often be misdiagnosed as signs of other ailments, according to the Gluten Intolerance Group.
Recently, those with Coeliac Disease and gluten sensitivity are having their voices heard more through organisations like Coeliac UK, as well as individuals and bloggers like Intolerant London.
Luckily for us, French macarons are a prime example of a gluten free alternative. While many cakes and biscuits contain flour derived from gluten-containing grains, such as wheat, rye, and barley, French Macarons are naturally gluten free. This is because the traditional French macaron recipe, as used by Ganache Macaron, uses pure ground almonds; never adding any inexpensive filler ingredients like wheat.
According to Audrey Cadostin, the founding director of Ganache Macaron, “Naturally gluten free products are becoming increasingly popular, as people discover that they have trouble digesting gluten. While many gluten free products taste strange or different compared to the real thing, naturally gluten free products, like our French Macarons, allow people with gluten intolerances to indulge in something that tastes great without having the worry about their body’s reaction.”
Please get in touch with us if you would like to order some of our naturally gluten free macarons. We also make dairy free macarons, and are happy to work to create macarons to suit any other dietary needs you or your loved ones may have. You can read more about us and other gluten free food producers in the UK, on the Intolerant London blog feature entitled, A Gluten Free Taste of London.