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A List of Gluten Free Fast Food

author image Amy Long Carrera
Amy Long Carrera is a registered dietitian in Los Angeles who has been writing since 2007 for such publications as The Insider, On the Other Side and Arthritis Today. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and her writing employs current research to provide evidence-based nutrition information. Carrera holds a master of science degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.
A List of Gluten Free Fast Food
Check your favorite fast food restaurant's nutrition list for gluten-free choices before indulging. Photo Credit: 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.

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Black beans and rice
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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.


Chili cheese baked potato
Chili cheese baked potato Photo Credit: 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.

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