Understanding Gluten, Gluten-Free Products and Gluten Free Coffee

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 8/23/2016

One of the most consumed proteins we, as humans, eat is gluten. Gluten is formed when the molecules gliaclin and glutenin bond. The gluten protein, more commonly referred to as gluten, is found in grains such as rye, barley, wheat and a cross between wheat and rye call triticale. To about one-percent of the population the briefest exposure to gluten can cause an immune reaction powerful enough to severely damage the brush like surfaces of the small intestine, a medical condition known as Celiac Disease. With respect to the remaining ninety-nine percent of the population, about 6.5 % complain annually of some form of discomfort after eating products that are known to contain gluten-a condition more commonly known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity. To remedy Celiac Disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity syndrome one must eat a gluten-free diet.

 To safeguard either the Celiac Disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity consumer from eating gluten containing products, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a standard requiring companies that make the gluten-free claim on their products to verify that the contents of their products contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.

 Is flavored coffee really gluten free coffee? Well that depends on if the flavoring is made from all natural ingredients or from grain based alcohol. Flavoring containing all natural ingredients very rarely contain gluten grains. Flavoring containing gluten grains, however, could be a concern if the distilling process does not completely remove the gluten protein from the alcohol.

 Southwest Beverages takes pride in the manufacturing of its Kemosabe flavored gourmet coffee to ensure that all its ingredients are 100 % gluten free.

dry mix beveragesWritten by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages

Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America's largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe - two of New York's finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

Southwest Beverages is a manufacturer and marketer of two brands of premium quality dry mix beverages: Sippity hot-cocoa mix and Kemosabe gourmet flavored coffee. All Southwest Beverages products are uniquely blended flavors that contain all the ingredients necessary for you to enjoy the ultimate hot beverage experience. Simply add water and stir-then sip, savor and enjoy.

For more information, please visit www.southwestbeverages.com.

Sippity, Sippity Lite, Kemosabe, Kemosabe Lite, Southwest Beverages, It's A DRY Mix and Comfort In A Cup are each registered trademarks of Southwest Beverages.

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