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Springfield IL Gluten Free Guide

Posted on 06 February 2012

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Everybody enjoys eating and biting hunk-sized bites out of their delicious food, but gluten-sensitive and celiac sufferers might think otherwise. The ‘what’ and ‘where’ is always important to the ever vigilant gluten-free eater to avoid certain discomforts from being experienced. Eating in Springfield Il gluten-free is easy if you take the necessary precautions about what you eat or buy.

Here are a couple of simple tips to help you with eating out or buying the right kind of foods:

  • Always questions. Restaurants can tell you its gluten-free but saying it out loud or putting it on their signs isn’t always the case. There are always risks of cross-contamination of foods, especially if they are using the same cooking implements to cook both gluten and gluten-free food. Managers will be glad to assist you in this regard and if you don’t find one in your immediate area, severs are also a good source of information.
  • Beware of condiments. It’s not particularly uncommon for a ketchup bottle with process gluten to be lying around in your table. Since gluten is used as a food stabilizer for ice cream and ketchup, things can get dicey depending on how much ketchup you put in your food. So before laying down ketchup-y goodness on your food, ask the staff if the condiments are gluten-free.
  • Do your research. The internet is vast and can provide a plethora of knowledge regarding gluten and what kinds of foods have it. This saves a significant amount of time when shopping around and flipping boxes for their assumed contents.
  • Know the restaurants that serve gluten-free based menus. There are a lot of restaurants that cater to gluten-sensitive eaters but they only have a fairly limited selection of foods in their menus. There are a handful of restaurants that do so but they are only a handful. PF Chang’s is perhaps a suitable example since they not only have a great selection of gluten-free selections but also avoid cross-contamination of their food. Remember, not all Springfield or Las Vegas Strip gluten-free restaurants are really 100% gluten free.

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