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May Marks Celiac Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May marks Celiac Awareness Month. 

When you have celiac disease, you must eliminate gluten from your diet. It may seem hard at first, but foods containing wheat, rye or barley can be replaced with safe, gluten-free alternatives. However, since many processed foods contain gluten in a variety of forms, some detective work is needed to avoid problem foods and find the ones you like.

For people with celiac disease and others who avoid gluten, it's a daunting task to find nutritious and delicious foods every day. Fortunately, almonds are naturally gluten-free and can be used in a wide variety of ways. Visit for nutrition information, helpful tips for living gluten-free and more than 100 delicious gluten-free recipes 

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten.

Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of the protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment.

Left untreated, people with celiac disease can develop further complications such as other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, and cancer.

To find out more about celiac disease visit National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

Almond Board of California
Gluten-Free California Almond Stuffed Dates
created by: Chef John Cskor for Almond Board of California
This tasty appetizer combines the rich flavors of goat cheese, dates and bacon with toasted almonds for an ideal appetizer. Serve with Almond Romesco Sauce for an even richer variation!
servings 12
1/2 cup almond paste
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted and slightly crushed
12 large Medjool dates, pitted
4 strips premium bacon, center cut, well chilled
12 toothpicks


Preheat the oven to 450°F. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together almond paste, goat cheese and toasted crushed almonds. Let mixture sit at room temperature.

Fill a small pastry bag with a small circle tip with the almond mixture and forcefully press almond cheese filling into the whole pitted dates.

Cut bacon, sliced into thirds, creating 12 small even strips. Wrap each slice of bacon around each of the almond filled dates and secure with a toothpick. Place bacon-wrapped dates on a baking sheet with raised edge and bake for 10 minutes until crisp and brown, turning each date at 8 minutes or so.

Serve on a nice platter with optional Romesco dipping sauce.

Nutritional Information
Nutritional analysis per serving.
Calories 293.5 Fiber 4.8 g
Fat 11.4 g Cholesterol 9.2 mg
Sat Fat 2.4 g Sodium 2.4 mg
Mono Fat 6.4 g Calcium 104.4 mg
Poly Fat 1.9 g Magnesium 70.1 mg
Protein 6.4 g Potassium 458.5 mg
Carb 46.4 g Vitamin E Vitamin E: 4.1 mg*
* total alpha-tocopherol equivalents


  1. That's a different recipe! Sounds good!

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