Varying Shades of Gluten-Free in 4 Major Restaurants

By Zach

Gluten-free eaters come in all shapes, sizes and carrying themselves with their own behaviors, which is an umbrella statement that can also be applied to stores and restaurants that service gluten-free foods. Here’s why: it’s hard to deny and not notice the emergence of new gluten-free options popping up each day, whether it’s in big grocery stores, small fast food joints or dine-in restaurants, but not all servicers of gluten-free menu options abide by the same protocol.

Some reports estimate that the gluten-free industry is worth $6.3 billion per year and is continuing on an upswing. This demand was propelled by gluten-free enthusiasts toward large businesses like Dominos and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro to small business like Fresh Brothers in an effort to join progressive forces throughout the gluten-free industry.

Though as some of you might know, Dominos and other newcomers that offer gluten-free alternatives conduct their gluten-free processes in a liberal manner that is not safe for people with Celiac disease due to high chances of cross-contamination. But there are places that are doing it in a more kosher manner.

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Flaxseed Meal Packs a Healthy, Gluten-free Punch!

By Bridget

As with most undiagnosed sufferers of gluten intolerance, my major symptom was digestive issues. Initially, I was instructed to add more fiber to my diet, which, to me, meant eating wheat bran and fiber one cereal (only feeding the flame of my discomfort). In the months immediately following my diagnosis, I became increasingly interested in the world of nutrition, and how one food can do something for our body that another cannot. Quickly, I discovered the power of flaxseed meal.

Flaxseed, as its name suggests is a whole seed, with a structure similar to any other seed or grain. The health benefits cannot be derived from the whole seed itself (it will just go straight through your system), so you need to consume it in the ground up form.

In terms of health benefits, they are innumerable for both celiac sufferers and gluten indulgers alike.

In terms of the benefit I was initially most seeking, flaxseeds contain a mucilage, or gum, content. This refers to the water-soluble, gel-forming fiber that supports healthy digestion. Unique to flaxseed meal, however, is that these gums help prevent the excessively rapid emptying of stomach contents into our small intestine, which helps to improve our body’s own ability to absorb certain nutrients, which is a problem common to most people new to their gluten intolerances. Continue reading “Flaxseed Meal Packs a Healthy, Gluten-free Punch!”

Gluten-Free Options On-The-Fly

By Zach

There’s always some kind of gluten-free news around the corner that deserves to be shared, and this time we’ve got gluten-free travel plans since travel season is about to be underway. If you’ve ever been hungry in an airport, you have probably realized the insufficient amount of options for gluten-sensitive individuals. Sure, you’ve usually got a store like Starbucks which sells fruit cups, but you’re essentially stuck between a hard place and a rock trying to find substantial gluten-free grub that’s going to tide you over throughout your wait, layover and/or flight.

It comes as no surprise why diet-restrictive (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, low-card, etc.) options are sparse in and around airports – non-restrictive foods are the cheapest and most desired fast-food items. Catering to these non-restrictive diets is always going to peak the interest of businesses because it generates the most money with the least amount of effort.

However, there are scattered restaurants throughout small and large airports that offer gluten-free food items, and some are even willing to prepare cook-to-order meals for gluten-intolerant travelers. We thought we should share a few major airports that have a few gluten-free pit stops, which include:

JFK – New York

Starbucks (Terminal 1-3, and 7) – prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars

Jamba Juice (Terminal 5) – all

French Meadow Bakery Café (Terminal 2) – vegan and gluten-free menu

The Grove (Terminal 5 and 7) – raw snacks


LAX – Los Angeles

Daily Grill (Food Court) – cook to order

On the Border (Terminal 4) – Fajitas, street tacos, grilled chicken, veggies, beans, rice, steak, carnitas, NOT chips

Starbucks (Terminal 1-4, and 6)same as above

Wolfgang Puck Express (2 and 7) – salads, sides, rotisserie chicken and many items by request

ORD – Chicago

Wolfgang Puck (Terminal 1 and 3) – gluten-free meals by request

Starbucks (Terminal 1, 2 and 3) – same as above

Macaroni Grill (Terminal 3) – made to order / by request


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Chevys Fresh Mex Introduces Gluten-Free Menu

You may have thought all the Celiac Awareness Month fun was over, well have we got news for you. And, if you live near one of the 42 Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants dotted around the US, then today’s announcement might be particularly exciting: Chevys has joined the growing list of restaurants with a gluten-free menu.

Now, let’s get right to it and manage expectations: the menu comes with a disclaimer, and according to the press release

Preparation facilities vary by location and all guests with gluten-related disorders should inform their server beforehand to ensure that preparation and ingredients align with dietary requirements.

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NFCA Suspends Amber Designation for Gluten-Free Menus

If you’ve been following the news regarding Domino’s foray into gluten-free and the NFCA’s Amber Designation for their pizzas — and judging by the comments and shares on our post about it, many of you have — then it will come as no surprise to you that the NFCA decided to act.

In light of the uproar, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has opted to suspend the designation; Amber was supposed to indicate that a restaurant had completed, “Ingredient Verification and Basic Server Training, but kitchen practices may vary widely.” The NFCA has removed the program from their website and issued a press release indicating that they will review the, “most effective and clearest way to warn the community of the risk of cross-contamination and the use of the phrase ‘Gluten Free.'”
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