What is Gluten and Where can it be Found?
Most consumers know that gluten is makes dough sticky and and allows bread to trap gas and rise. Gluten is a protein which is found in specific grains such as rye, barley, and all types of wheat.
Most common convenience foods in the US such as sandwiches, cookies, cereals, crackers, bread, pasta, pizza, muffins, bagels & most desserts all are based on the use of wheat flour.
Gluten Free Restaurants San Francisco are Responding
Dining out at restaurants can be difficult as most people look for convenience foods out of home and on the go. Currently sandwiches can be found at 75% of the restaurant locations you can visit and accounts for 18% of all the menu items available. There are also many hidden sources of gluten like many soy sauces, flour that gets into the air, beer, thickeners & more.
“The NPD Group revealed some staggering numbers: 30 percent of U.S. adults say they want to cut down or be free of gluten. And more than 200 million restaurant visits last year included consumers ordering food described as “gluten-free” or “wheat-free” — more than double what it was just four years ago.”
– Bonnie Riggs, NPD restaurant industry analyst
The most common menu item most restaurants offer as a gluten-free alternative is the salad. Unless they are served with bread or have croutons, are a simple to make gluten-free option.
When deciding where to dine, consider whether the restaurant offers a gluten-free menu and provides options to support your dietary needs. Visit the Beach Street Grill for a large variety of menu items for gluten free dining.