If you have Celiac disease and can’t tolerate those pesky proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye, you’ve probably run up against the challenge of finding fast food that fills you up without making you sick. Even if you just want to try the gluten-free diet and don’t have to deal with digestive consequences, it’s still devilishly difficult to avoid gluten at the drive-through. It’s one set of problems to meet the requirements of a gluten-free diet when you have a mini refrigerator at work, but another issue entirely when it comes to venturing out of the office for your one-hour lunch break.
Salads are usually the answer to emergency demands for gluten-free lunch fare, but it’s hard to get protein that will last you through the day. Most chicken in fast food salads is breaded to some degree, and even grilled chicken at many fast food chains contains wheat (McDonald’s, for example). Modified food starch and even straight gluten can be found in this restaurant’s ingredient list. If you choose to check it out, look for the bolded words in all caps at the end of each product’s ingredient list for easy allergen information (i.e., CONTAINS: WHEAT).
It’s pretty safe to say that, for those who are especially sensitive to gluten, even a grilled chicken salad from a fast food restaurant can be a frustrating mistake. So where can the gluten-free dieter go for a quick lunch, and what can be eaten safely?
The best answer: Wendy’s.
This restaurant provides an online gluten-free menu that goes above and beyond the duty of listing common allergens. You can easily check the menu to make sure that the items you’re thinking about ordering are safe for Celiac consumption. The best things about this menu are its thoroughness and its variety: you can have “real” foods like a cup of chili, a baked potato, a southwest taco salad, and even a grilled chicken breast sandwich (hold the bread, of course). You can even make sure that your sauce of choice is gluten-free and deliciously safe. So if you’re hunting down the perfect place to grab gluten-free lunch on the go, Wendy’s has you covered. And yes, you’re allowed to have dessert: a well-deserved Frosty.