I went to a restaurant that had food marked “gluten-free” on the menu, but I felt “glutened” after my meal. How could this have happened?
While many restaurants now offer gluten-free options, not all food establishment staff have enough awareness or training regarding gluten-free ingredients or how to strictly avoid cross-contact during food preparation. Some restaurants offering “gluten-free” menu options may not have necessary procedures set up to reliably produce gluten-free items.
When possible, do some research in advance: call or visit the restaurant when the food establishment may be less busy. Ask how gluten-free items are prepared and what procedures are in place to avoid cross-contact between foods that contain gluten and those intended to be gluten-free. Make an informed decision as to the comfort level of dining in an establishment once you have the answers to your questions.