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Let’s be real: Airport food is generally disappointing, even if you don’t have any food allergies. But if you’ve made the decision to avoid gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye—the airport can be a particularly inhospitable eating environment.
So many prepared ‘convenience’ foods are wrapped in breads, smothered in mystery sauces, or topped with crunchy croutons, making the search for a gluten-free snack—much less a meal—a struggle.
The good news, however, is that things are getting better. As awareness of gluten allergies spreads (today more than a quarter of Americans say they have eliminated it or are cutting back), restaurants are stepping up their game and creating special menus that are certified gluten-free. Chefs and servers are increasingly able to answer questions about each dish’s ingredients and preparation methods, which can provide additional peace of mind.
But until the day when navigating the airport’s ‘g-free’ eateries is a veritable cakewalk, it’s best to arm yourself with some intel.
Wellwellwell has six tips for cracking the gluten-free code at the airport. Happy trails!
*If you’ve been diagnosed with Celiacs disease, it’s best not to take chances. Bringing your own food is your safest option—as it can be difficult for restaurants to ensure that their food is Celiac-safe.
1. Plan Ahead. This may sounds obvious, but a few minutes researching at home may save you minutes (or hours) of agony when you’re in transit. Get to know the options within your hometown airport, so that you’ve always got at least one leg of your journey covered. When you’re traveling to a new city, a quick search on Google or Find Me Gluten-Free should provide some crowd-vetted options. When you’re en route, the Gate Guru is especially helpful in locating restaurants within airports.
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