May is Celiac Disease Awareness month and many companies are joining together to bring as much awareness as possible to Celiac Disease. This is the first year since I have been gluten-free that I have seen this level of participation from so many different sources. I started the gluten-free diet in 2006 and things have such a long way since then.
Mambo Spouts is teaming up with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to bring you all kinds of tips and information on living gluten-free. Be sure to check out all the products from the sponsors on Mambo Sprouts. If you review any of the products on the site, you are entered to win free gluten-free products! The sponsors are Pamela’s, Glutino, Crunchmaster, Ian’s, Gluten Free Choices and Barbara’s. By reviewing any of the sponsors’ products on Mambo Sprouts, you are entered to win a box full of the sponsors’ products and The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam. Five winners will be chosen on or around June 1, 2010.
I had the opportunity to try some of the goodies from the sponsors courtesy of Mambo Sprouts. The new chocolate covered pretzels by Glutino are better than I could ever describe. I can’t even begin to put into words how much we all loved these! I not only gave them to my son, Jon, but I handed them out to guests at our cookout the other day. Everyone, even those who don’t eat gluten-free, raved about them. The one & only complaint that I have is that they were kind of melted together from the heat during shipping. Seems that these need to be shipped cold to keep that from happening. I also sampled the Strawberry Breakfast Bars from Glutino and these were much better than I remember them being. I believe I tried the Blueberry Breakfast Bars a couple years back and was not impressed. The Crunchmaster Crackers were a huge hit! I highly recommend them for cheese spread, hummus, salsa, etc.
I signed up for Mambo Sprouts a few months back. I love the coupons they send in the mail and I can’t even tell you how much money I have saved using those coupons. Joining Mambo Sprouts is free and not only can you have the coupons mailed to you, but you will be able to print them from the site as well. The monthly e-newsletter is full of tips, recipes & giveaways! If you don’t want to join, no worries. You can pick up a coupon book at the retailers listed here.
Mambo Sprouts has a wonderful library of recipes. What makes Mambo Sprouts even better is that you can search by ingredient, recipe type or collections. They even have a “gluten-free” collection! Feel free to submit your own recipes to the collection to help make it even bigger.
For Celiac Disease Awareness month, there is a FAQ page specifically devoted to Celiac Disease. There are many questions & answers on this page already, but if you have a question you want answers to, you can submit it on this page! More information is available at the NFCA’s site.
It is estimated that 3 million people in the US have Celiac Disease. Only 5% of the people with Celiac Disease are actually diagnosed. That means that 95% of the people with Celiac are undiagnosed; that is a lot of people. The If you take just a moment to email, tweet or Facebook about Celiac Disease this month, you can help raise awareness too. Maybe with all of this information being highly publicized this month, we can help get some of those 95% of the people that are undiagnosed diagnosed.