How Fast Casual is Catering to Gluten-Free Diners

How Fast Casual is Catering to Gluten-Free Diners

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

Today, individuals with dietary restrictions are less limited when it comes to dining out.

It has become a standard in the industry to offer options for vegetarians and vegans, along with those who have food allergies.

One of these common food allergies is to gluten. Gluten is usually found in food staples at restaurants, including pasta, breads, crackers, spices and seasonings. And about one in every 133 Americans have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder leads to damage in the small intestine when gluten is eaten

But, the gluten-free trend is being influenced more so from a change in Americans’ lifestyle. 20 million Americans see gluten-free diets as healthier and 13 million have cut gluten from their diets to lose weight.

As more Americans embrace this dietary lifestyle, the gluten-free trend continues to gain momentum. 

Around 22% of adults try to avoid gluten. This market developed into over a $8.8 billion market, which grew by 63% from 2012 and 2014, according to research from Mintel.

Due to the influx in eaters avoiding gluten, there are many different food manufacturers offering gluten-free products which makes it easier for restaurants to serve dishes without gluten.

Paving the way with gluten-free menus are fast casual brands. 

These brands are particularly attractive to consumers due to their customizable food options, so it makes sense that they cater to those with dietary restrictions.

We have decided to take a closer look at the restaurant brands with impressive gluten-free selections.

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Why Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Trends Continue to Spread in the Restaurant Space

In this episode of On Foodable Weekly, brought to you by the Foodable Network, host Paul Barron speaks to Dr. William Davis, Author of Wheat Belly Total Health & Cardiologist, about the recent gluten-free and grain-free lifestyles that consumers are now adopting and how to properly incorporate them onto restaurant menus. Watch the full episode to learn some of the health benefits that have been attributed to embracing these dietary habits.