News, recipes, information and helpful tips for living gluten free

News, recipes, information and helpful tips for living gluten free


New to Gluten Free? Dining Out…

New to Gluten Free? 

Dining out doesn’t have to lead to tummy trouble

Food Glorious Food! Thankfully most is naturally gluten free. It’s the preparation and cooking that counts, especially when dining out. Gluten contamination can occur in busy kitchens, so its best to go out armed with some simple questions about how your food is prepared and cooked, to help ensure your GF dish really is gluten free.

The increased popularity of the GF diet has seen a huge growth in the range of gluten free foods on offer in stores, café’s and restaurants. It’s fantastic! But when non-coeliac diners tell food servers they’re on a gluten free diet and then order food that isn’t gluten free – it’s little wonder there’s confusion.

  “How gluten free are you?”

a waiter recently asked when I explained I needed a gluten free meal. I assured him I was coeliac and “completely gluten free!” On another occasion, a waiter suggested that I should try a dish that “someone with coeliac disease ate last week”, even though it contained gluten. No thanks!

There is greater awareness about coeliac disease and the requirements of the gluten free diet, but we still have some way to go. In the meantime, it’s up to us to be proactive and encourage understanding.

Eating Out — Our Top GF Tips

  • Always let a restaurant know in advance that you require a gluten free meal
  • At the restaurant, ask your waiter about the GF options on the menu, or for their recommendations
  • Ask how your GF dish is prepared and cooked
  • Is there any gluten in the sauces, dressings or marinades that may have been overlooked?
  • If your food is deep-fried, is it cooked in the same oil as other non-gluten free foods?
  • For example, chips can be described as gluten free, but if cooked in the same fryer as other crumbed or battered food that isn’t gluten free, your chips will be contaminated
  • If GF bread is offered, ask how it is served. If heated, how? Will it come in contact with gluten crumbs from other breads, or from a grill?
  • Ask for your own butter or oil if sharing with friends eating non-GF bread
  • I always ask waiters to let the chef know the gluten free meal is intended for someone with coeliac disease
  • If you have any concerns, ask your waiter to check with the chef

It may seem like quite a lot to remember, but with experience you learn which items on a menu set off the alarm bells! Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions.

 


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