The availability of gluten-free offerings continues to rise across the U.S. One of the freshest developments in the trend is the growing number of gluten-free bakeries popping up nationwide.
One such bakery making its presence known is Viitals, a gluten-free bakery and cafÃ© in Tampa, Fla., run by former bodybuilder Ivan Nikolov and his wife, Silvia. Viitals offers such bakery favorites as cookies, muffins, and birthday cakes, as well as cafÃ© menu items like paninis.
Interviewed by Daniela Velazquez for Tampa Bay Online, Nikolov says his favorite is the vegan double-chocolate cookies, which come in at 190 calories, with 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
Not only are all Nikolov’s items gluten-free and vegetarian, most are also hypoallergenic. That means they’re free of the eight foods (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy) that make up about 90 percent of all food allergies according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
After only 10 months in business, Viitals has won its share of accolades, including a product innovation award for its packaged snacks from Baking Management Magazine.
Gluten-intolerant people are finding more and more food options these days, no matter where they live. Other gluten-free bakeries currently making their mark include Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery in New York City; The Sensitive Baker in Los Angeles; New Cascadia Traditional in Portland, Ore.; and Gluten-Free Creations in Phoenix.
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