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    Allergy-Friendly.org Certifies Restaurants for People with Celiac Disease and Food Allergies

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      A tiny company in Nashville, Tennessee is creating a certification process in an effort to promote celiac disease awareness and to provide a list of safe local restaurants for people who can’t eat gluten, or who have other food sensitivities.

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    Celiac.com 03/19/2019 - For anyone with food allergies, finding safe, reliable allergen-free food is not just important, it’s critical. That’s especially true when eating out.

    According to Food Allergy Research & Education, researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including nearly six million children and teens. On average, food allergies send an American to the emergency room every three minutes. Now, a tiny company in Nashville, Tennessee is creating a certification process in an effort to promote celiac disease awareness and to provide a list of safe local restaurants for people who can’t eat gluten, or who have other food sensitivities. 

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    Allergy-Friendly.org was founded in 2018 by a local Nashville resident living with celiac disease. The company works to provide food-sensitive diners with safe restaurant options, and to ensure that restaurants understand and can meet the challenges of providing patrons with allergen-free meals. They also help to train employees on the preparation of allergy-safe meals for various food allergies. 

    With the recent addition of BurgerUp Cool Springs, Allergy-Friendly.org has certified three restaurants in the Nashville area. The other two are Sunflower Cafe and Mangia Nashville. 

    Though the company currently has no medical professionals associated with the certification process, it is in the process of forming a board, which will include medical professionals. The company plans to expand beyond Nashville.

    Find out more at Allergy-Friendly.org

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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