Gluten is a type of protein in wheat, barley and rye, and those who are allergic to it can suffer from the “autoimmune disorder” called celiac disease. An estimated 1 percent of Americans suffer from the hereditary illness, according to the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness. The food industry has responded to the relatively recent celiac consciousness-raising campaigns by producing a growing array of gluten-free products.
After much consideration and product testing, the family-owned Walkers company has released its iconic shortbread in gluten-free form, in three flavors — Pure Butter, Chocolate Chip and Ginger & Lemon. Walkers shortbread has been made in a “remote village” in Scotland since 1898, from a simple recipe of butter, flour, sugar and salt.
The gluten-free line contains no wheat; instead, it’s a mix of rice and maize flours, and potato starch, with the same butter and sugar content as the original, said a company spokesman.
“We are delighted to introduce a gluten-free option to the Walkers shortbread line, allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy this delicious traditional treat without compromising on taste,” Jim Walker, managing director of the company, said in a statement.
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