Gluten-free Oreos will start gracing the shelves of grocery stores in January 2021.
Oreo will be offering a gluten-free variety, according to the cookie brand’s official Twitter account and company representatives. Both original Oreo cookies and Oreo Double Stuf cookies will have gluten-free options available in mere months.
“Gluten-free diet” has been a buzz-word for years. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is “a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.” The avoidance of gluten is important for people with either celiac disease or gluten intolerance. “Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.”
It’s great to see Nabisco stepping up to help the gluten-free community!