Arby's gluten-free menu is updated: What you need to know


2017-04-10 14:12
Arby's gluten free menu

Arby’s has updated its gluten-free menu and shared more information about its products. If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, then you will want to pay attention to the changes.

When you are hungry, traveling or too busy to cook, fast food is an easy option. Although it is not always the healthiest choice, you can find some menu items that are not dripping in saturated fat. However, if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you do not have the ability to grab the first thing on the menu. The items have to be gluten-free (GF) and safe. Fortunately, more fast food chains are trying to offer GF options, and Arby’s recently updated its menu to reflect the changes.

Arby’s gluten-free menu updates

It is crucial to avoid cross-contamination on the gluten-free diet, so you have to be aware of the ingredients in your meals. Unfortunately, many fast food chains contaminate the items they prepare with gluten because of shared kitchens. Not only do you have to read the menus carefully, you have to ask questions about how the food is prepared.

Arby’s official U.S. menu lists items without gluten and includes a disclaimer. The fast food chain points out that items can vary and may not be available at all locations. The gluten-free menu includes a long list of condiments and beverages. In addition, three shakes, the jamocha shake, chocolate shake and vanilla shake, are gluten-free.

The Angus beef, corned beef, pepper bacon, roast beef, pit-smoked ham, roast turkey and smoked brisket are gluten-free at Arby’s. Also, the chopped farmhouse salad with roast turkey and chopped side salad are labeled GF.

Warning about Arby’s fries

Although potatoes are gluten-free, you may want to avoid the fries at Arby’s. The fast food chain explains that the potato cakes and homestyle fries may be cooked in the same oil as other items that have wheat. This means that they use shared fryers that can cross-contaminate the food, and they are not the only fast food chain to follow the shared fryer trend.

Gluten is a protein that can survive high temperatures. According to research, it takes incredibly high heat to denature the gluten protein. In general, you should not assume that fryers are able to denature gluten fully.

What to order from Arby’s gluten-free menu

If you are craving a gluten-free cheeseburger, you can order the meat from Arby’s. However, there is no gluten-free bun, so you will have to skip the bread. Many of the condiments including horsey sauce, ketchup, cheese, peppers and Arby’s sauce are gluten-free. In addition, you can order a salad and choose from multiple beverages.

Whether you had to skip breakfast because you were late for work or need a fast lunch during a short break, you may want to consider Arby’s gluten-free menu. It is still important to ask questions and make sure the items are being prepared in a safe way to avoid cross-contamination, but Arby’s is making an effort to offer more options for those on the gluten-free diet.