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GlutenFreeTravelSite Names State of New York
The World's Most Celiac-Friendly Destination in First Annual Contest
Site Provides a Way for People On Gluten-Free Diets To Search and Submit Reviews of
Restaurants, Hotels, Resorts, and Grocery Stores All Over the World That Accommodate Their Diets
South Riding, VA, January 13, 2009—GlutenFreeTravelSite.com recently held its first annual contest to find the World's Most Celiac-Friendly Destination. After tallying the number of reviews of restauarants, grocery stores, hotels/resorts, and cruise ships from all over the world received from its users to date, GlutenFreeTravelSite declared New York the winner.
"New York -- especially the City -- is a great place to live if you have Celiac Disease," said Karen Broussard, Founder and President of GlutenFreeTravelSite. "Awareness is good, and restaurants are eager to stay relevant by catering to the increasing number of diagnosed Celiacs lobbying for more dining options.You have your pick of many regional and national chain restaurants with gluten-free menus, as well as numerous independent neighborhood restaurants throughout the state -- some with gluten-free menus and others willing to tailor just about anything on their menu, within reason. Many independent restaurant owners began offering gluten-free items on their menu when they, a family member, or a friend was diagnosed with Celiac."
GlutenFreeTravelSite is organized by geographic region to make submitting and searching reviews very user-friendly. Many of the reviews submitted for New York -- and to other sections of the site -- are for small neighborhood restaurants or grocery stores, "hidden gems" that people with Celiac might not otherwise know about. "Thanks to GlutenFreeTravelSite, gluten-free diners never have to feel bored or deprived when it comes to eating out -- whether in their own town or when traveling halfway across the world. By having access to these user-submitted reviews, visitors to the site can get first-hand, trustworthy feedback and a range of safe dining options from others in the Celiac community with thier same needs and challenges," Broussard stated.
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that compromises the body's ability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Those foods can flatten the villi in the intestines and prevent the proper absorption of food and nutrients, leading to serious health consequences. According to a 2003 study led by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore, Celiac Disease may affect as many as 1 in 133 people in the United States. Unlike an allergy, a person does not outgrow Celiac Disease and must follow a strict gluten-free diet for life in order to maintain their health.
Alessio Fasano, M.D., the study's principal investigator and professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research says, "While the gluten free diet is the cornerstone for an effective and successful treatment of Celiac Disease, its implementation can be challenging, particularly in situations like traveling or dining out, in which patients need to rely on third parties for accurate compliance."
GlutenFreeTravelSite, launched by Gluten Free Travel, LLC in April 2008, is the first company to establish a professionally designed website to help users quickly and easily access peer-written reviews of hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world who cater to the gluten-free community. Please feel free to post a link to http://www.glutenfreetravelsite.com/ on your own site. For more information, or to search or submit reviews, visit GlutenFreeTravelSite.com today. To learn about advertising opportunities, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.