CELIAC DISEASE AND GLUTEN-FREE DIET FORUM
This message board (run by Celiac.com, discussed below) allows people with celiac disease to share tips and advice with each other. Topics include celiac testing, dealing with celiac disease while pregnant, how to find a good doctor, and others. There’s also a section for people who don’t have celiac disease but have friends or relatives who do.
UDI’S GLUTEN FREE FOODS FACEBOOK PAGE
This Facebook page is run by the staff of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, a popular food manufacturer. As well as providing information about Udi’s products, the page’s roughly 1,154,000 followers participate actively in discussion threads about nutrition, health, and living with celiac disease.
FIND ME GLUTEN FREE
JATX Tech, LLC
This free app helps users find nearby gluten-free and gluten-free–friendly restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and other businesses, providing directions and menu information. Users can also read and contribute ratings and reviews and save favorite places for quick reference. Find Me Gluten Free is available from the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace.
GLUTEN FREE RECIPES 1000
Do No(t Much) Evil
This free app offers nearly 1,000 gluten-free recipes; users can also sort by other factors to find dairy-free and meat-free content. Gluten Free Recipes 1000 is available from the Android Marketplace.
IS THAT GLUTEN FREE?
Midlife Crisis Apps
This app, meant as a companion for grocery shopping, compiles hundreds of brands and common ingredients and thousands of products into a searchable database. Each entry is color-coded to indicate that it is safe (green), possibly unsafe (yellow), or unsafe (red). A similar app, Is That Gluten Free? Eating Out, includes detailed menu and ingredient information on 26 restaurant chains. Both apps are available from the Apple App Store.
CELIAC DISEASE FOUNDATION
20350 Ventura Blvd., Suite 240
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Fax: (818) 267-5577
The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) is devoted to raising awareness of celiac disease among the general public. Its Web site offers links to local support systems and advice for teens and children with celiac disease, as well as detailed information on reading food labels, product alerts, and travel tips. A number of informative, downloadable PDFs are also available, including one on gluten-free resources, at www.celiac.org/images/stories/PDF/gfresources.pdf.
Along with basic information on celiac disease, Celiac.com provides very detailed information on maintaining a gluten-free diet, pointing out potential pitfalls and alerting readers to breaking news about both products and research. The site also runs the Gluten-Free Mall (www.celiac.com/glutenfreemall), which sells gluten-free products of all kinds. Celiac.com publishes two free e-mail newsletters and a paid one, the quarterly Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP OF NORTH AMERICA
31214 124th Avenue SE
Auburn, WA 98092
Fax: (253) 833-6675
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) focuses on outreach, advocacy, and education for people who must follow gluten-free diets. It offers a recipe database and a listing of celiac disease-friendly health-care professionals. Its Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program aims to educate restaurant owners about how to offer a gluten-free menu and avoid common problems (such as cross-contamination). It also includes the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which issues the GF label certifying that a product does not contain gluten.