What is gluten?
Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. The consumption of gluten in these products adversely affects the health of those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that is triggered by eating gluten. When gluten containing foods are consumed, damage occurs to the lining of the small intestine, making it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. It is estimated that around 3 million or 1 out of every 133 people in the United States have celiac disease. There is no cure for celiac disease, but the condition can be managed with diet by removing all gluten containing foods.
Who follows gluten free diets and what are the benefits?
For people with celiac disease, the only way to manage the condition is to follow a gluten-free diet. Through adherence to a gluten-free diet, the small intestine will begin to heal and the overall health of the affected individual should improve.
Gluten-free diets may also be followed by those who feel their overall health improves when avoiding gluten laden foods.
How do San-J products fit into a gluten free diet?
Since most ordinary soy sauces contain around 50% wheat, they are typically off-limits for those following a gluten free diet. However, San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce is different because it is made with 100% soybeans and no wheat, giving it a rich, smooth taste and making it ideal for those following a gluten free diet. San-J is the only manufacturer that produces certified gluten-free Tamari in the United States. All San-J gluten-free products are also certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.
Which San-J products are certified gluten free?
The following San-J products are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization:
Tamari Soy Sauce:
Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Black Label)
Tamari Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce (White Label)
Organic Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Gold Label)
Organic Tamari Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce (Platinum Label)
Asian Cooking Sauces:
Sweet & Tangy
Asian Salad Dressings:
Brown Rice Crackers:
Tamari Black Sesame
Tamari Brown Sesame
What are San-J's practices for making its gluten free products?
San-J follows specific sanitation methods in an effort to prevent cross contamination of wheat in its certified gluten free products. In addition, each batch of our certified gluten free products is tested for the presence of gluten. Although the FDA has not finalized a standard for gluten free labeling, all of San-J's gluten-free products meet the strict standards of the GFCO, which sets the limit at less than 10 parts per million gluten (ppm).
What is the benefit of gluten free certification?
The certification indicates that the manufacturing facility has been inspected by an independent party and the product has been tested. Since there is currently no final ruling on gluten free labeling from the FDA, independent certification also offers a standard for gluten free labeling, lending credibility to products labeled gluten free.
Look for the Certified Gluten-Free logo on the label provided by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.