Gluten Free Statistics, History and Facts (2021)



Here are a few of the most interesting Gluten Free statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

gluten free facts and statistics

First off, let’s define what gluten is.

What is gluten?

“Gluten is a mixture of proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and crossbreeds of these grains.” (source)


How free of gluten does a gluten free food need to be:

The FDA mandates gluten free foods cannot contain 20 or more parts per million of gluten.


Size of the global gluten free food market in 2018:

$2.7 billion


Percentage of the US population that has celiac disease:

1% (1 in 133)

Last updated 6/20/19


Number of Americans with celiac disease:

3.19 million

Last updated 3/27/19


Estimated number of people in the US that have undiagnosed celiac disease:

2.6 million

Last updated 3/27/19


Largest product segment in the US gluten free food market:

Bakery products


Percentage of people in the US that go gluten free but don’t have celiac disease:

72%

Last updated 1/17/17


Percentage of restaurant food that is labeled gluten free, but actually contains gluten:

32%

Last updated 4/18/19


Length of time it took Udi’s to go from $0 to $125 million in revenue:

5 years

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These Gluten Free stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.