Gluten-free advertising – separating fact from fiction
Are you sick of being misled by advertising campaigns for gluten-free products which promise the world but don’t deliver? In this post I list the websites and resources I’ve found to be the most useful in separating fact from gluten-free fiction!
I’ve just comeback from a lovely (but all-too-brief) vacation – don’t you just love summer? I finally did the New York thing… a whole week and I feel like I barely scratched the surface!
While at lunch one day I got chatting with a lovely mom (Katie!) and her two beautiful kids about gluten, and eating healthy, and the importance of thinking less about gluten-free ‘diets’ (which have a start and an end point) and a gluten-free ‘lifestyle’ (which becomes your everyday routine).
All three were sensitive to gluten (one poor darling had celiac disease), and Katie had a familiar complaint – they are sick of being bombarded by advertising and marketing campaigns for gluten-free products which promise the world but which can’t be verified. I knew exactly what they meant.
Katie wanted one thing – a single resource or website she could use to answer any question about her family’s gluten-free lifestyle, be it medical, diet-related, lifestyle or just for some common-sense advice. I had bad news – I didn’t know of one… but I did promise to look into it for her.
As I suspected, I couldn’t find one single resource which met all of Katie’s needs, but I did the next-best thing – I created a single list of what I consider the best websites, tools and aids to help Katie and her family fight the good fight against gluten. I share it below:
- The CDF helps develop the diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease through advocacy, education and advancing research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by gluten-related disorders.
- This website has regular updates on gluten-related news, information, research, along with lots of advice, gluten-free recipes, and a big ‘your questions answered’ section!
- This not-for-profit looks to put people who have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease in touch with others with the same issue in their local community. As well as the website it has local branches across the US as well as in 27 foreign countries
- Lots of information on food certification, training for preparing gluten-free food, as well as education/skill-building for kids.
- A great website – it has lots of information for anyone wanting information on a gluten-free lifestyle (from beginners to veterans), as well as blogs and a huge online forum to answer questions! It also has an online shop for those hard-to-find gluten-free essentials (and treats!); it even has its own publication, the Journal of Gluten Sensititivy!
- Online tools, advice and articles to help you live a gluten-free life. These tools include ‘Gluten-free Me’ (a tool to help you make every meal gluten-free), and articles such as ‘Celiac disease and cognitive decline’, and ‘Gluten-free and the grocery store – the snack aisle’, (a weakness of mine!)
- Developed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Celiac Central is chock full of educational materials and tips, from a gluten-free menu-planning webinar to tips on surviving college while gluten-free.
- The Mayo Clinic’s website is a great resource if you are looking for simple explanations of more ‘clinical’ information.
- Lots of gluten-free diet resources, including information on food testing, food labelling via the FDA, a list of local support groups, and a list of US-based dietitians who specialize in gluten-free diets
- A comprehensive database of gluten-free foods, brands and meal replacements of every category, from bread to baby food, from pasta to pizza, from soups to spices!
- If you’re looking for some entertaining or informative opinions about gluten, there’s great list of gluten-free blogs at the bottom of this page, including http://glutenfreemommy.com/, http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/ and http://glutenfreefun.blogspot.com.au/
Have I missed anything? If you’re favourite gluten-free go-to website isn’t listed then let me know and I’ll add it to the list!
PS: have you seen my gluten-free desserts cookbook? I love it!