The prices of gluten-free products, which are generally an expensive purchase these days, when the world is under the pressure of inflation, are also proportionally affected. Canadian gluten-free food products face more dramatic price increases.
“Two out of 5 people in our household are gluten-free, so our grocery bills are so high,” said Nicole Byrom, a member of the Canadian Celiac Association. About 1 percent of Canada’s population (around 350,000 people) has celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine. For this reason, they must be fed gluten-free.
Expressing that they specialize in gluten-free products, Tiona’s Organic Ont said that traditional salmon breads are sold for an average of 3 dollars. The Canadian gluten-free salmon, which found buyers for $ 9 in the market, was worried that this year it reached $ 9.5. Tiano said about 12 percent of the population prefer gluten-free products as an alternative for health reasons.
“As with every product, there have been price increases in gluten-free products. Gluten-free products have additional ingredients to replace wheat,” said Tiano. Tiano said that while his store tries to keep prices low for his customers, his suppliers keep raising them. “I called a gluten-free dessert maker because they had two price hikes for the first time in a year,” Tiano said.
The Canadian Celiac Association is concerned about the rising cost of gluten-free products, as those with celiac disease must medically follow a gluten-free diet. Food is our medicine, and there is no cure other than a strict 100 percent gluten-free diet,” Byrom said.
Canadian Gluten Free Living Associations Complainant
A household that has to buy gluten-free products could have 200 percent higher grocery bills, Byrom said.
Some people with celiac disease, such as Frank Colaiacovo of Thornhill, Ont, said they have had to forego buying certain gluten-free products because they’re too expensive.
The bad news is that there doesn’t seem to be a price cut in sight for gluten-free products.
“I’ve heard that we’re starting to see results (price increases) over the last two years and it will get worse before it gets better,” Tiano said.
Anyone who has to buy gluten-free products because they have celiac disease in Canada can get tax breaks.
Gluten-free foods grew by about 12% between 2018-22
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