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A Foodie's Guide to Gluten-Free Eating

By Rachel Ilardi

What is gluten? According to The Celiac Disease Foundation, it’s “a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.” In those with Celiac disease, gluten “damages the small intestine and nutrients can't be absorbed”, as stated by WebMD.

However, there are many food choices out there for us! Some of my top picks for gluten-free food: Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle are all the rage these days. Both websites show a detailed allergen list, showing which foods contain common allergies. Chipotle’s chart states that everything, except their tortillas, are gluten-free!

Hamburgers are everywhere and can be ordered in a lettuce wrap or on a gluten-free bun. These lettuce wraps can be found at Five Guys and BurgerFi. Others, like Red Robin, Culvers, and Wahlburgers actually provide their customers with gluten-free buns! Feel like staying in? Take a trip to Publix, where there are many gluten-free options. My favorites include Udi’s, Against the Grain, Glutino’s, and Amy’s, which also includes vegetarian options.

If you’re up for exploring, try Sprinkles and Erin McKenna’s bakery in Disney Springs! They offer amazing gluten-free desserts. My top find for gluten-free food is Uno’s in Winter Garden. They make fresh gluten-free dough into your own individual size circle of cheesy heaven. My family agrees the gluten-free pizza crust is better than the regular!

Their service for your gluten-free needs is amazing. If you ever visit that location, ask for Matt as your server. As we ordered, he took the time to explain exactly how they keep gluten-free pizzas away from contamination. Matt even asked specifically for a gluten-free shift in the kitchen so that he could thoroughly explain the process to customers. I’ve never found such great customer service when looking for gluten-free food.

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