The story behind The Gluten Free Awards

Celiac Tummy

The story behind The Gluten Free Awards that very few people know.

I remember it like it was yesterday when my four-year-old son Jacob, now thirteen, was playing in the kiddie pool with other kids that I assumed were his age based on their height.  After asking all the surrounding kids what ages

The story behind The Gluten Free Awards
Jacob’s Celiac Tummy

they were, I realized Jacob was significantly smaller than kids his own age.  This prompted my wife and I to seek a professional opinion. After consulting with our family physician, she confirmed that Jacob had essentially stopped growing for an entire year without us realizing it.  He was referred to Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte North Carolina to discuss possible growth hormone therapy.  The doctors there reviewed Jacob’s case and requested a few blood tests based on some suspicions they had.

Our cell phone service at our house was terrible so when the doctor finally called with the blood results, my wife and I ran to the front of the driveway to hear the doctor clearly.  With a sporadic signal, we heard “Jacob has celiac disease.” We looked at each other as tears ran down my wife’s face.  We huddled closer to the phone and asked, “what is celiac disease?”.  After getting a brief description mixed with crappy cell service and happy neighbors waving as they drove by, my wife and I embraced and wept.  We were told to maintain his normal diet until we could have an endoscopy and biopsy for further confirmation.  Once confirmed our next visit was to a registered dietitian for guidance.

Rarely did he feel good
Rarely did he feel good

Jayme, my wife, made the appointment and called me with a weird request.  “Will you meet me at the dietitian’s house for a consultation?”.  I was confused when she said to go to her house. Jayme then explained that the dietician’s daughter had celiac disease too and the best way to show the new lifestyle to patients would be to dive right in.  I’ll admit, it was a bit uncomfortable at first to be in a strangers’ house looking at their personal items but looking back now, I wouldn’t change it for the world. That encounter is ultimately the motivation behind The Gluten Free Awards and the associated Gluten Free Buyers Guide.  We left her house with complete understanding of cross contamination, best practices and what products they personally liked and disliked.  That visit was life changing and left us feeling confident as we made our way to the local health food store.

That first trip shopping took forever. Each label was read and cross checked with our list of known gluten containing suspects.  It was also shocking to see the bill when it was time to pay.  We had replaced our entire pantry and fridge with all products that had the “Gluten Free” label.  We both worked full-time and had decent paying jobs and it still set us back financially.

We looked for support groups locally and came across a “100% Gluten-Free Picnic” in Raleigh, which was two hours away from where we lived.  This was our first time meeting other people with celiac disease and we were fortunate to have met some informative people that were willing to help with the hundreds of questions we had.  We were introduced to a family whose son had been recently diagnosed with celiac disease as well.  His condition was much worse than Jacobs and he was almost hospitalized before finally being diagnosed.  They confided in us as we shared similar stories.  There were two differences that would change my life forever.   The first was the fact that they didn’t have the same experience with a registered dietitian.  Instead they were handed a two-page Xerox copy of “safe foods”.  Second, they didn’t have the financial security to experiment with gluten free counterparts.  Their first two months exposed to the gluten free life style left them extremely depressed and broke.

On our way home from that picnic, Jayme and I felt compelled to help make a difference in some way. We were determined to help that family and others being diagnosed with this disease.  Up until that day, we hadn’t found a resource that gave unbiased opinions on gluten free products and services. Fast forward a few years and I too was diagnosed with celiac disease.  That year, The Gluten Free Awards were born.

Originally our vision was to create a one-page website with a handful of categories organized by peoples’ favorites.  Since 2010 we have produced The Annual Gluten Free Awards (GFA) growing into sixty gluten free categories.  After several requests, in 2014, we took the GFA results and published our first Gluten Free Buyers Guide.  The annual guide is sold primarily in the United States however we continue to see increased global sales.  Each year we have over 3,000 people vote for their favorite gluten free products and we now communicate to nearly 20,000 people weekly through our email list and social media channels.

2018 Gluten Free Buyers Guide
2018 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

We want to thank those special people and organizations that brought us to where we are today:

Pat Fogarty MS, RD, LDN for allowing us to enter your home.

Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital

Raleigh Celiac Support Groups

Rebecca Panuski, MD

I hope you have learned something new from the story behind The Gluten Free Awards.  Today, Jacob and I continue to live a healthy gluten free lifestyle.

Jacob is now doing much better
Jacob is now doing much better

Want to help support our mission?

What is the best gluten free flour?

What is the best gluten free flour?

best gluten free flour

A record 152 recipients of the 7th Annual Gluten Free Awards were announced in the 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide this November. The winners for best gluten free flour, chosen by 3,527 people on a gluten free diet, comprise the best in gluten free for the year 2017.  The voters produced 96,128 individual responses breaking last year’s totals and created the highest engaged GFA event to date.

This year they had a tough job selecting the best gluten free flour with a total of eight nominated for the Gluten Free Award.

The 7th Annual Gluten Free Awards for Best Gluten Free Flour goes to:

1st Place:  gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

2nd Place:  Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1

3rd Place:  King Arthur Flour Multi-Purpose

Other nominees:

Cup 4 Cup Original Flour Blend

Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

Enjoy Life All-Purpose Flour

Glutino All Purpose Flour

Gluten-Free Prairie’s Simply Wholesome All-Purpose Baking Mix

The GFA’s, the oldest award in the gluten free industry, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The GFA’s recognize excellence and commendable work by writers, manufactures, business owners, bakers, and volunteers. The 3,527 people who casted GFA votes are not from a distinguished panel of critics, industry practitioners or experts. Better than that, they are consumers who can speak from their own personal experiences. To participate in the GFA’s products must be submitted by August 31st. For more information regarding the Gluten Free Award submission process, visit http://www.glutenfreebuyersguide.com/submit-products.html

There are two ways to review all of the 7th Annual Gluten Free Award results:

best gluten free flour

Downloading the electronic version of The 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

or

Order a printed copy of The 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

What is the best gluten free non profit?

What is the best gluten free non profit?

best gluten free Non Profit

A record 152 recipients of the 7th Annual Gluten Free Awards were announced in the 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide this November. The winners for best gluten free non profit, chosen by 3,527 people on a gluten free diet, comprise the best in gluten free for the year 2017.  The voters produced 96,128 individual responses breaking last year’s totals and created the highest engaged GFA event to date.

This year they had a tough job selecting the best gluten free non profit with a total of six nominated for the Gluten Free Award.

The 7th Annual Gluten Free Awards for Best Gluten Free Non Profit goes to:

1st Place:  Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF)

2nd Place:  Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG)

3rd Place:  Beyond Celiac

Other nominees:

Celiac Support Association (CSA) (formerly Celiac Sprue Association)

National Celiac Disease Society (NCDS)

Cutting Costs for Celiacs

The GFA’s, the oldest award in the gluten free industry, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The GFA’s recognize excellence and commendable work by writers, manufactures, business owners, bakers, and volunteers. The 3,527 people who casted GFA votes are not from a distinguished panel of critics, industry practitioners or experts. Better than that, they are consumers who can speak from their own personal experiences. To participate in the GFA’s products must be submitted by August 31st. For more information regarding the Gluten Free Award submission process, visit http://www.glutenfreebuyersguide.com/submit-products.html

There are two ways to review all of the 7th Annual Gluten Free Award results:

best gluten free non profit

Downloading the electronic version of The 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

or

Order a printed copy of The 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

What is the best gluten free new product?

What is the best gluten free new product?

best gluten free new product

A record 152 recipients of the 7th Annual Gluten Free Awards were announced in the 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide this November. The winners for best gluten free new product, chosen by 3,527 people on a gluten free diet, comprise the best in gluten free for the year 2017.  The voters produced 96,128 individual responses breaking last year’s totals and created the highest engaged GFA event to date.

This year they had a tough job selecting the best gluten free new product with a total of six nominated for the Gluten Free Award.

The 7th Annual Gluten Free Awards for Best Gluten Free New Product goes to:

1st Place:  Three Bakers Honey Graham Snackers

2nd Place:  Nima Sensor – Portable Gluten Free Tester

3rd Place:  Saffron Road Vegetable Pad Thai

Other nominees:

Inspired by Happiness Dreamin’ of Strawberries White Chocolate Shortcake

American Gluten Free Subscription Box

SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener – Strawberry Kiwi Water Drops

The GFA’s, the oldest award in the gluten free industry, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The GFA’s recognize excellence and commendable work by writers, manufactures, business owners, bakers, and volunteers. The 3,527 people who casted GFA votes are not from a distinguished panel of critics, industry practitioners or experts. Better than that, they are consumers who can speak from their own personal experiences. To participate in the GFA’s products must be submitted by August 31st. For more information regarding the Gluten Free Award submission process, visit http://www.glutenfreebuyersguide.com/submit-products.html

There are two ways to review all of the 7th Annual Gluten Free Award results:

best gluten free new product

Downloading the electronic version of The 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

or

Order a printed copy of The 2017 Gluten Free Buyers Guide

Award Winning Gluten Free Books

Award Winning Gluten Free Books

Award Winning Gluten Free Books

These are the Award Winning Gluten Free Books for the 6th Annual Gluten Free Awards.  This year we had 1805 people take part in the voting process resulting in 36,580 individual responses so you could connect immediately with the best gluten-free has to offer.    Please verify all products are gluten free prior to consuming.  Brands may make gluten containing products that look very similar and product ingredients may change over time.  The results for the other 43 categories are published in the Gluten-Free Buyers Guide.

6th Annual Gluten-Free Awards:

1st Place:  Celiac and the Beast: A Love Story Between a Gluten-Free Girl, Her Genes, and a Broken Digestive Tract by Erica Dermer

Award Winning Gluten Free Books

 

2nd Place:  Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease–What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again by Jennifer Esposito

Award Winning Gluten Free Books

 

3rd Place:  Gluten Freedom: The Nation’s Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Alessio Fasano (Author), Susie Flaherty (Contributor)

Award Winning Gluten Free Books

 

Other Nominees:

The Gluten Connection: How Gluten Sensitivity May Be Sabotaging Your Health – And What You Can Do to Take Control Now by Shari Lieberman (Author), Linda Segall (Collaborator)

Celiac Disease (Revised and Updated Edition): A Hidden Epidemic by Green, Peter H.R., M.D. and Rory Jones

The Celiac Cookbook and Survival Guide by Pam Jordan

Our History and How it all Works

My wife and I created the Gluten-Free Awards seven years ago after we found families like us who couldn’t afford to experiment with expensive gluten free products. We needed to quickly find products our family would actually enjoy without going broke.  It was bad enough to have a Celiac Disease diagnosis but our grocery bill doubled and some of our family favorites disappeared instantly.

We didn’t ask for permission, we just started with a one-page website and a few hundred gluten-free folks who had struggled along with us.  Fast forward a few years and that one-page website has turned into a published buyers guide that is distributed to thousands of people including grocery store buyers and category managers.

Each year we give back to the community and focus on our mission by distributing as many free copies of the guide as possible during a short time period each January.  The number of free copies distributed is a fundamental method in which we measure our success.
I am amazed that we are now going into our seventh consecutive year and love the method in which we facilitate a collective and forceful voice.

Personally, we don’t always agree with the results.  Each year some of our personal favorites don’t make the nominations but we are passionate about the power of the collective results generated.  The majority votes rule and will also be the method in which we crown the victors.

This year we have over forty categories and some of the results are going to literally shock the gluten free community.
Grab the guide now.

How it all works in 5 simple steps.

Step 1:  Brands register their product(s) throughout the year.
Step 2:  In late Summer, thousands of people vote for their favorite bloggers.
Step 3:  We compile a list of the thirty most influential bloggers and give them an opportunity to make additional nominations.
Step 4:  In Fall we compile all of the nominations and open it up to public voting.
Step 5:  In January we compile the data and release the results in the Annual Gluten Free Buyers Guide.

 

 

Best Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza Brands

5th GFA Best Frozen Pizza Brands

The Best Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza Brands

5th GFA Best Frozen Pizza Brands

5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards:

Best of Gluten-Free Awards

1st Place: Udi’s

Who has the best frozen gluten-free pizza?

2nd Place: Against The Grain

Best Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza

3rd Place: Glutino

3rd Place Winner for Best Gltuen-Free Frozen Pizza

Other nominees:

Daiya

Aldi’s

Three Bakers

BOLD Organics

Smart Flour

Bella Monica

 

General Mills Goes Gluten-Free

General Mills Goes Gluten-Free

General Mills goes Gluten-Free
General Mills goes Gluten-Free

 

Watch Jim Cramer’s interview with the CEO of General Mills as they discuss new gluten-free products and how important it is to their business. What does it all mean when Jim Cramer states that General Mills goes gluten-free?


What are your thoughts? Is this way too late or are you thankful?

Gluten-Free Recall Notice

Genius Gluten-Free Recall

Gluten-Free RecallThis week there was a large gluten-free recall notice for multiple brands that contained trace amounts of gluten.

Please read the official release here.

Product details

Genius Foods

Genius Gluten-Free Recall

Product: Genius Crumpets
‘Best before’ dates: 18 June 2015 – 26 June 2015

Product: Livwell Gluten Free Crumpets
‘Best before’ date: 18 June 2015 – 26 June 2015

Product: Livwell Garlic Naan
‘Best before’ dates: 09 July 2015 – 28 August 2015

Asda

Product: Asda Chosen by you 4 Free From White Pitta Breads
Barcode: 505244989731
‘Best before’ dates: 26 June 2015, 30 June 2015, 2 July 2015

Product: Asda Chosen by you 2 Free From Garlic & Coriander Naan Breads
Barcode: 5051413185469
‘Best before’ dates: 3 July 2015, 07 July 2015, 9 July 2015

Product: Asda Chosen by you 2 Free From Pizza Bases
Barcode: 505244979125
‘Best before’ dates: 26 June 2015, 30 June 2015

Morrisons

Product: Morrisons Free From Pizza Bases
‘Best before’ dates: 29 May 2015 – 4 June 2015

Sainsbury’s

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Pizza Base, 185g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 White Pitta breads, 260g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 Multiseeded Pitta breads, 260g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 2 Garlic & Coriander Naan, 196g
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 6 Syrup Pancakes 198g
‘Best before’ dates: 12 July 2015 – 20 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 Sultana Scones, 252g
‘Best before’ dates: 29 June 2015 – 07 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Muffins, 150g*
‘Best before’ dates: 30 June 2015 – 08 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Muffin Cake, 300g*
‘Best before’ dates: 12 July 2015 – 19 July 2015

Product: Sainsbury’s Freefrom Blueberry Muffins, 140g*
‘Best before’ dates: 10 June 2015 – 17 June 2015

Tesco

Product: Tesco Free From 4 Crumpets
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From Pizza Bases 2 Pack
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From 4 Pitta Bread
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From  Garlic & Coriander Naan Bread
‘Best before’ dates: All codes*

Product: Tesco Free From 2 Chocolate Brownie Muffins*
‘Best before’ dates: All codes

Product: Tesco Free From 4 Chocolate flavoured Brownie Cake Bars*
‘Best before’ dates: All codes

Waitrose

Product: Waitrose Free From Fruit Scones 4s
‘Best before’ dates: 07 June 2015 – 15 June 2015

Product: Waitrose Free From White Pittas 4s
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Product: Waitrose Free From Scotch Pancakes 6s
‘Best before’ dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

No other products are known to be affected.

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TED Ed Gluten-Free Video

Ted Talk on Gluten-Free

TED Ed Gluten-Free Video

Ted Talk on Gluten-FreeThis is the new gluten-free explainer video from TED Ed. TED Ed is new method of learning and is from the creators of TEDx and TED Talks. The video, “What’s the big deal with gluten?” created by William D. Chey, John R. Dilworth, Pilar Newton, William Hohauser, and Addison Anderson gives a brief but concise description of Celiac Disease, Wheat Allergy and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. This video is getting mixed responses. Please share your thoughts on the TED Ed gluten-free video in the comment section below. If you feel this should be shared to help spread awareness, please use the social media buttons below the video.

Best Gluten-Free Flours of 2015

5th Best Gluten-free Flours

Best Gluten-Free Flours of 2015

5th Best Gluten-free Flours

We had over 2000 people cast votes for their favorite gluten-free flour as part of the 5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards. We know you want to have the best gluten-free flour that can be used to replace traditional wheat flour for all of your favorite recipes. You can have confidence that these gluten-free flours will provide quality tasting food for you and your family. Don’t forget to look at the other 40+ gluten-free categories we have in the awards program. For a better gluten-free shopping experience use the 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide next time you cruise the grocery aisles.

5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards:

1st Place: Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour

Gluten-Free Flour Award

2nd Place: King Arthur Flour Multipurpose Gluten Free Flour

Gluten-Free Flour Awards

3rd Place: Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

 

Gluten-Free Flour Award

Other nominees:

Jules Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour

Gluten Free Prairie Toasted Oat Flour

Smart Flour All-Purpose Flour

Mehl’s All Purpose Flour

Bloomfield Farms Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Mix

 

Want more? Get the results of over 40 gluten-free award categories in this handy gluten-free buyers guide. With over $50.00 in coupons and promo codes, you can’t go wrong. E-Book starts at $3.99 and print version starts at $6.99

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