Do you see “Gluten Free” whenever you’re grocery shopping or out to eat? If you haven’t noticed, take a look. Gluten free aisles at grocery stores are popping up everywhere, and labels on food products tout if they are gluten free. Restaurants have signs up or menu items noted as gluten free. Did you know, though, that gluten free is more than just a diet trend? A gluten free diet is the only known treatment for a growing diagnosis—Celiac disease.
Charles Falls, our fearless leader, is very familiar with Celiac disease—his daughter was diagnosed just this past year. And she is not alone. 1 in 133 people in our country have Celiac disease. After watching his daughter struggle to eat out at restaurants (since Celiacs can’t even eat food that comes into contact with gluten), Charles came up with the idea for an app where those who eat gluten free can rate restaurants. We launched the app, Alex’s Gluten Free Spots, last month and it already has over 1,000 downloads.
This isn’t the first gluten free restaurant review app, but it is the first to offer Celiac-friendly ratings. Since Celiacs need to know the risks of cross-contamination, the app allows users to rate the knowledge of the staff, whether the restaurant is Celiac friendly, and of course, the taste of the food.
In honor of Celiac Awareness month, check out the graphic below! More people than you know probably have Celiac disease, especially considering that 85 percent of those with the disease are undiagnosed. This and more amazing stats in our infographic.