The staff of Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery – Bryan/College Station's only dedicated gluten free bakery –is helping spread the word that Texas A&M University is seeking input on the need for gluten free food on campus. It is estimated that 15 percent of people in the population are gluten intolerant. Symptoms can include headaches, digestive distress and fatigue. If you or someone you know would benefit from healthy delicious gluten free food on the Texas A&M campus, Texas A&M dietician Sandra Baxter has requested you email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery has been working to accommodate the gluten free community by creating delicious baked goods since opening in November, 2010. The bakery has expanded tremendously since their first sale at Village Foods grocery in Bryan and now sells gluten free bread, brownies, lemon bars, muffins and cookie dough at Brazos Natural Foods and Farm Patch. Additionally, they have introduced their products at restaurants and coffee shops including Muldoon’s Coffee House, Chef Tai’s Mobile Gourmet Bistro, The Lemon Wedge and The Village Downtown. Red Mango now offers Taylor Made gluten free cookie and brownie toppings, and they also are working with Honey Baked Ham to provide catering and lunch options for those who eat gluten free.
People eat gluten free food mainly because they have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. One in 133 people have Celiac Disease but it is estimated that 15% of the world’s population is gluten intolerant, most of which are not diagnosed. Celiac disease is the most commonly misdiagnosed autoimmune disease and it is only treated by removing all gluten from the diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. For people with Celiac disease, ingesting even a few crumbs containing gluten can cause damage to thousands of tiny, finger-like protrusions called villi that line the small intestine. This inhibits nutrients from being absorbed into the body causing many problems such as fatigue, digestive distress, headaches, anemia, delayed growth, miscarriages and nutrient deficiencies. People with gluten intolerance have similar symptoms but the amount of gluten ingested in order for symptoms to show is different for everyone. Sometimes, there are no symptoms.
“We don’t want to be just the best gluten free bakery, we want to be the best bakery, “ says Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery Owner Denise Fries.