…Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It keeps bread and cake from crumbling.
…But gluten can also cause life-long digestic problems for people with Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting one in every 100 Americans.
…Apparently, a restaurant in Greenwich Village started offering a gluten-free pizza and was swamped with business. Visitors come straight from the airport and stack up their suitcases so they can eat.
…Outback Steakhouse and P.F. Chang’s also offer gluten-free items. You can find a listing at http://www.glutenfreerestaurants.org/.
…Gluten is sneaky. It’s not just in bread, but also soy sauce, brewer’s yeast, bourbon, vinegars, salard dressings, processed cheeses, and some spices.
…Eating out can be a pain for those who are allergic to gluten or suffer from Celiac’s. In some restaurants, the only safe food is a Coke.
…One waiter in a gluten-free place said his customers were super picky! “It was stressful,” he moans.
…The customers in these places also let down their hair and talk between tables about their symptoms and other places to get safe food.
…Non-celiacs can feel a little left out, what with their irritating ability to eat a dinner roll.
…For more info and tons of foods (along with the book in the pix), go to http://www.glutenfree.com/.