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Why gluten-free?

The gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or a weight loss plan. It’s a medical necessity for the estimated 3 million Americans living with celiac disease and 18 million Americans living with non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

For these individuals, the gluten-free diet is a lifelong commitment, and their health depends on it.

Our goal for the Gluten-Free Pantry Raid sweepstakes is two-fold:

  1. To raise awareness of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which are grossly underdiagnosed in the U.S.
  2. To celebrate the gluten-free lifestyle and the increasing availability of safe and tasty gluten-free food.

Why support this cause?

  • An estimated 3 million Americans have celiac disease, but 95% of those who have it are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
  • Left undiagnosed and untreated, celiac disease can lead to long-term health effects like osteoporosis, infertility and some types of cancer.
  • An estimated 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The diagnosis rate is unknown, and research on this condition is just beginning.
  • Individuals with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity suffer debilitating symptoms that interfere with their daily life, including gastrointestinal issues, migraines, joint pain and fatigue.
  • While the recent popularity of the gluten-free diet has increased these options, they are not always safe for individuals with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Food labels can be difficult to decipher, and some restaurant practices can unknowingly expose gluten-free ingredients to gluten.

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is committed to helping individuals with gluten-related disorders get the diagnosis, care and support they so desperately need.

Where does my money go?

When you make a donation to enter the Gluten-Free Pantry Raid sweepstakes, your money will go directly to NFCA programs and initiatives. Here are some places where they might end up:

  • Mailing resources to health fairs, support groups and newly diagnosed individuals
  • Developing new resources to help patients understand the latest research on their disease
  • Publishing articles and videos to increase public awareness of gluten-related disorders
  • Training chefs and foodservice employees on gluten-free safety protocols
  • Teaching doctors and other healthcare providers how to detect, diagnose and manage celiac disease
  • Speaking at industry events and government meetings to drive support for gluten-free needs

Support celiac awareness and help us restore health and reclaim lives with your donation!

Tell me more about these conditions.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by exposure to dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. When a person with celiac disease consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, they are unable to properly absorb the nutrients from food and the villi of their small intestine become damaged.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity has been coined to describe those individuals who cannot tolerate gluten and experience symptoms similar to those with celiac disease but yet who lack the same antibodies and intestinal damage as seen in celiac disease.

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