A List of Gluten Free Fast Food

Fast food employee with tray
Check your favorite fast food restaurant's nutrition list for gluten-free choices before indulging. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Sales of gluten-free foods are expected to reach more than $5 billion by 2015, reports the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. A protein found in wheat, rye and barley, gluten is blamed for the symptoms – including diarrhea and weight loss – of Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. If you have celiac disease, which occurs in one out of 133 Americans, you suffer from an autoimmune disorder in which your body’s defense against gluten damages your intestine. Reports of gluten sensitivity are more common. Complete avoidance of gluten is the only available method to control these conditions.

South of the Border

Rice and black beans
Black beans and rice (Image: aida ricciardiello caballero/iStock/Getty Images)

Taco Bell Cantina bowls – veggie, steak or chicken – are reportedly gluten-free. Top them with hot or mild Border sauce or Avocado Ranch dressing. You can also enjoy black beans and rice or Premium Latin rice with guacamole, pico de gallo or salsa verde. As long as you choose corn tortillas instead of flour, you can indulge in Chipotle’s barbacoa, carnitas, steak or chicken tacos with cheese, black or pinto beans, cilantro-lime rice and fajita vegetables.

American-Style

Chili Cheese Baked Potato
Chili cheese baked potato (Image: Warren Price/iStock/Getty Images)

Wendy’s offers gluten-free salads, condiments, meats and their signature Frosty treats. Enjoy an Apple Pecan Chicken Salad – hold the candied pecans – with Lemon Garlic Caesar dressing, a Chili and Cheese Baked Potato and a Caramel Frosty Shake. Craving McDonald’s French fries? You’re in luck – they’re made without gluten and fried in a fryer separate from other foods that may contain gluten. Bring your own gluten-free bun and add a beef patty and an American cheese slice. If you happen to be at Kentucky Fried Chicken, your choices are more limited: You can make a meal out of a house side salad with buttermilk ranch dressing, corn on the cob, green beans, potato salad, coleslaw and applesauce.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2018 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.