Breads and baked goods for Vancouver celiac sufferers

 

May 2010 is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Also known as gluten intolerance, this autoimmune condition has seen a meteoric rise in recent years.

 

The cause for its prevalence is unknown, however one popular theory, the “hygiene” theory, propounds that we are become so fastidiously clean that our immune system is less able to deal with autoimmune diseases (Celiac Disease is less rampant in less developed countries). Are we becoming the Boy in the Bubble?

 

The good news for Celiac sufferers 

 

Theories like the hygiene theory have led to a belief that gluten-free food is healthier. This belief, and the surge of the disease, has led to a greater awareness as well as greater availability of products. Gluten-free sales in the U.S. are predicted to exceed $2 billion by 2012.

 

Bakers and baked goods in Vancouver

 

Gluten Free Epicurean

 

www.glutenfreeepicurean.ca

A mouth-watering array of baked goods available at the Blim Community Market or you can order online.

 

Panne Rizo

 

www.pannerizo.com

This Kitsilano bakery (entirely gluten-free) is practically an institution in the gluten-free community.

 

Mountain Top Café and Bakery

 

www.emountaintop.com

Catering to a variety of allergic needs, their products are available in several location around town and orderable online.

 

Quejos

 

www.quejos.com

Their store on Main Street draws celiac sufferers and foodies alike.

 

Vancouver Farmers Market

 

www.eatlocal.org

You’ll find various vendors at the farmers’ markets. Look for Edible Flours, Holy Crap and Sweet Tooth Cakery.

 

Let us know if you've got a favourite gf-friendly bakehouse. Or a reliable source for Xanthum gum.