Herbalife Nutrition Supports National Gluten-Free Day
By Dr. Luigi Gratton,M.P.H., vice president, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Development, Herbalife Chairman, Nutrition Advisory Board
January 13, 2017
Friday, January 13 is the fourth annual celebration of National Gluten-Free Day in the United States. Gluten has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years, but misperceptions about it persist. It’s a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, which means it’s also found in many baked goods like bread, cookies and crackers, as well as beer and other beverages. It’s the gluten in baked goods like bread and pastries that give them structure.
Gluten functions just like other proteins in that it helps build and maintain muscle mass. The problem is that some people can’t digest gluten in bread, pasta, cereal and sugars. Some of them may have what’s known as Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder primarily affecting the small intestine resulting in an inability to digest gluten. According to the National Institutes of Health, the condition affects as much as one percent of the population, but as many as five out of six who suffer from it go undiagnosed. For those dealing with the malady, the only available treatment is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet.
To offer our consumers choice, Herbalife Nutrition makes a range of gluten-free products, including many varieties of our Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake.
According to Lance Harding, vice president, Quality Assurance, we test varieties of Formula 1, Herbal Tea Concentrate and Herbal Aloe Concentrate powders made in our U.S. manufacturing facilities to ensure they meet and exceed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration standard for “gluten-free.”
We can certify that these products are gluten-free because we work with the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, an independent certifier of products and the most well-known tester of gluten-free products in the U.S.
Here are some of the Herbalife Nutrition gluten-free products in the U.S. All of them contain the Certified GF symbol:
- 10 flavors and varieties of Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix
- Personalized Protein Powder
- Active Fiber Complex (Unflavored and Apple)
- Herbalife SKIN® Collagen Beauty Booster
- Protein Drink Mix Peanut Cookie