With a steady increase in the existence of allergies or intolerances in the United States, there is little that can be done but accommodate for these and try to avoid irritating or harmful ingredients. Once upon a time, avoidance diets were typically motivated by weight loss. However, as new generations learn about health and diet, avoidance diets have become a way to manage allergies, digestive problems, and other issues apart from general fitness.
According to an article on Food Business News, “The C.D.C. found that allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011, and today, approximately one in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the United States has one or more food allergies.” There are little to no studies that successfully reveal the direct cause of such an increase, because of the widespread range of influencing factors. More recent studies reveal things like gluten and lactose as digestive irritants, and more and more people are discovering their intolerance for foods containing these irritants. Because it is difficult to determine the cause of an allergen or irritant – much less eliminate allergies entirely; avoidance is truly the only sure fast way to guard against a negative reaction.
Clean Label Foods
Awareness of health and wellness has increased as generations are becoming more informed about intolerances, allergens and sensitivities, as well as fitness and general dietary health. A simple knowledge that fats and sugars cause weight gain has expanded to an increased knowledge about super foods that promote health, as well as foods that cause digestive issues or artificial ingredients that are impossible to measure the consequences of. Because of this, more people are looking for labels like “non-GMO,” “gluten free,” or “lactose free.” Simple labels like “fat free” or “sugar free” no longer suffice for the health conscious consumer. Consumers are searching for clean label foods with simple ingredients that have as little preservatives and additives as possible.
As more studies about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) come to surface, uncertainty rises and nondescript packaging or ingredient lists make it difficult to know what is truly GMO or non-GMO. Having these options available for consumers is imperative for a company who is dedicated to the consumer.
Consumers are now looking for “free-from” labels. This trend is turning a previously niche market into a popular health-minded lifestyle. Diets that include gluten-free or lactose-free options are becoming more accessible to the every day person.
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