Celiac Disease And Dining Out

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Celiac Disease

Great news! Those who suffer from Celiac Disease (Celiac) CAN enjoy dining out. Let’s face it, we all know someone affected by Celiac. In fact, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation, “1 in 100 people worldwide have this disease.” These numbers are not insignificant.

For those who may be unaware, this condition is serious.  According to the Mayo Clinic, it “is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.” Eating gluten, for those who suffer, causes an immune response that attacks the small intestine. Eventually, the damage caused by this negatively affects the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Long term health issues of Celiac include the risk of autoimmune disorders like osteoporosis, intestinal cancers, migraines and anemia. Identifying Celiac and avoiding gluten are key to helping many manage the disease and allow the body to heal. Finally, it is important to know that Celiac is genetic. If you have a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) who is affected, you have a 1 in 10 chance of developing the disease.

The Diet

Adhering to a gluten-free diet is one of the ways those afflicted with Celiac manage their illness. The healthiest foods to consume are, not surprisingly, those that are the most natural. These foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and nuts, fish and seafood, meat and protein, and dairy products. Gluten-free grains like rice and quinoa  are also safe to eat, but individuals should be careful about cross contamination if they are processed.

Controlling ingredients is much easier when cooking at home than when eating in a restaurant. Thus, many who suffer from Celiac hesitate to dine out; they are concerned with finding delicious food that is safe to eat. Luckily, they have options.

Gluten Free Dining at ethos Greek Bistro

A modified version of the Mediterranean Diet may be an excellent starting point for those with Celiac. According to the Gluten Intolerance Group the Mediterranean diet is, actually,  “a natural fit in many ways, since so many components of the Mediterranean diet are naturally gluten free.” 

At ethos Greek Bistro, we pride ourselves on working with our clients to provide them with delicious food that allows them to adhere to their gluten-free eating plan. Many of our offerings are naturally gluten-free – our cooking style is “clean”, we let the natural flavors of the foods we prepare shine. That said, we do offer a specific “gluten free” menu that offers those with Celiac safe access to our well-known Mediterranean cuisine.

Wondering what you can eat?  Consider one of our salads, they are all comprised of the freshest ingredients. Our appetizers include shrimp saganaki, lemon chicken soup and grilled calamari. Specialties available include a broad range of protein rich dishes including seafood, steak, pork, chicken and lamb.  Looking for a variety, try our assorted grill platter! We are committed to working with all dietary restrictions. We love sharing our food with all of you!

If you or someone you know has Celiac and you are looking for a fabulous night out, consider joining us at ethos Greek Bistro. Whether you join us in Coconut Creek or Wilton Manors, we will take good care of you. At ethos Greek Bistro, we promise an enjoyable evening out, a beautiful environment and a delicious meal. 

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