I don’t seem to be able to move at the moment without someone throwing around the term ‘gluten free’. It is terribly popular. It has become a trend. Somewhere along the line it also appears to have become a by-word for ‘stuff that’s bad for you but for reasons that I don’t really understand’.
Talk to a nutritionist however, such as Rebecca Saady at Embrace Nutrition, and you will learn that this is a term that shouldn’t be hurled around unnecessarily, because for people who really are gluten intolerant it’s really nothing to laugh about, and for people who aren’t intolerant common sense dictates it is never a great idea to cut out a food group because Hollywood’s a fan … it’s also a pretty good reminder to never do anything that Miley Cyrus does without extensive research – but that’s a chat for another time.
All of that said, gluten free appears to lead to some pretty exciting cookery; just recently keen baker, Greg Rutherford, (better known for his 2012 long-jumping achievements) Tweeted pics of his gluten free kitchen successes – we are particularly keen to try the peanut butter cake if you’re listening Greg.
What happens though, when you don’t have time to whip up a storm? What happens when it isn’t a fad, and gluten is a real problem, and all you want to do it get up in the morning and eat your cereal, or get home at night and bury your face in a tub of shop-bought brownies without the fear that your gut might rebel? When one of the girls in the Spabreaks.com office was recently diagnosed as such, this was her rather unfunny reality, so you can imagine her joy when gluten free brand, Perk!er, appeared on the scene.
Offering a range of products from cereals and breads to brownies and even Hot Cross buns, the company was established in 2012 by Ann Perkins and her partner, who realised that the market was woefully lacking in adequate alternatives for anyone in pursuit of a gluten free diet.
Three things emerge for anyone trying the products, the first is that if no one told you that you were scoffing gluten free tiffin (odd that it was that item that first caught our eye), then you would be hard pushed to notice the difference between that and your regular accompaniment to that afternoon cup of tea. To the better trained gut, the Perkier porridge was also great – “creamy and tasty, just as good as the normal porridge that I used to eat and it did not affect me badly in any way.”
The second thing is that although the list of products is not extensive, it is a practical mix of the everyday (porridge, cereal, bread) and the aforementioned tiffin or Rocky Road bars. The third thing is its accessible availability in the likes of ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Whole Foods. All of this adds up to the one thing that one needs on a random weekday evening after work – absolute ease and the least possible fuss. We’re just looking forward to seeing what they come up with next!
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