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Gluten-Free Bread: Thaxted Nutritionist Davina Steel Launches MannaVida

Update Date: Feb 14, 2017 07:10 AM EST
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Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains such as rye, oat and barley. It causes  health problems to those with gluten-related disorders including gluten ataxia, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), wheat allergy and celiac disease (CD). In these patients, eating a gluten-free diet is an advisable and effective treatment.

Soy, potato, cassava, rice and yucca are some of the examples of gluten-free foods. Thaxted nutritionist Davina Steel recently launched a gluten-free bakery called MannaVida, as per East Anglian Daily Times.

Davina Steel, whose career include spells as managing editor of a biotechnology journal and sales marketing director of health and diagnostics company.  Three years ago, she was successfully treated for an invasive cancer but this treatment left her with a number of intolerances, including gluten.

Steel said that she and her husband love good foods. She wants artisan breads with some lovely cheese and wine. But she couldn't find any that are gluten-free. And that's when the idea of creating MannaVida came out.

Since she was a nutritionist, she spent some time to develop artisan breads that are gluten-free. And after developing those gluten-free breads, MannaVida was launched.

Steel and her husband Dan Jennings are the ones running the business. They got funds from their pensions, which cover the initial spending of the business. It has also launched in Ocado.

Steel said that there are a lot of export opportunities. But as of this moment, the plan is to build sales in their existing range. She is also focus on new product development.

Eating a gluten-free diet is now becoming a popular trend nowadays. In U.S. alone, an estimated 15 million people attempt to eat gluten-free diet. Just last Sunday, around 3,000 people attended the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, as per The San Diego Union-Tribune.  

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