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    Chick-fil-A Debuts New Gluten-free Sandwich Bun

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      Chicken chain Chic-fil-A has introduced a new gluten-free bun option.


    Caption: Chic-fil-A has introduced its new gluten-free bun. Photo: CC--M01229

    Celiac.com 07/07/2017 - Fast food chain Chic-fil-A chain has announced the launch of a gluten-free bun. This means that people with celiac disease can now enjoy something like the full Chick-fil-A experience.

    Made from quinoa and amaranth, the 150-calorie buns will cost an extra $1.15, according to a report by Fortune magazine, which also noted that patrons must assemble the sandwich themselves to lessen the risk of cross-contamination.

    Still, this will likely come as welcome news to the multitudes of celiac sufferers, many of whom doubtless love the popular chicken purveyor.

    Chick-fil-A has gotten high marks recently, with website VeryWell.com naming Chick-fil-A as the fast-food chain with the best selection of gluten-free menu options.

    So, if you’re one of those gluten-free folks who has been waiting for your chance to enjoy the Chic-fil-A sandwich experience, your moment has arrived. Check in with a Chic-fil-A near you.


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    Sorry homophobic small minded businesses won't be getting any of my money. As someone who is super sensitive to any gluten I would be apprehensive to eat here in the first place, but their stance on gay rights leaves me sick to my stomach without even having visited their restaurant.

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    I don't care if they've started using gluten-free buns. My celiac might be OK, but I'd gag and choke on their homophobia. Hateful, bigoted, horrible people and they'll never get 1 CENT of my hard-earned GAY money!

    The owner of the company has a personal opinion. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even business owners! The company does not discriminate based on sexual orientation. My grandson's uncle and his husband work for Chick-fil-A. They are openly gay and openly married. They are treated well and are given raises, bonuses, etc., just like any other employee. Customers are not turned away or treated poorly because of their sexual orientation, either. The company does not base it's treatment of the LBGT community on a personal opinion.

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    This is great news. I never eat chick fill a or at many other fast food places because so few gluten-free options. Glad to see the choices are increasing. Amazing these "tolerant" people are so intolerant of others beliefs, I guess only if they agree with it...I fully support chick fill a and what they stand for.

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    I just have to remember to order the grilled fillet not fried since the fried version may have been cooked in wheat based flour... defeating the whole purpose of eating gluten free. I have Celiac and so does my mom and we share a lot of info and recipes. Thanks!

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    Before you get everyone all excited about this new bun, you might first warn people that not all the franchises adhere to the corporate policies/training and do NOT offer a gluten-free option. Apparently, it seems many of the employees are not even aware they are supposed to do this but not even the managers. If you don't believe me go to gluten free on FB and check out the hundreds of complaints registered about this chain. Some do report success but it seems most do not. Besides which, I wouldn't eat there if it was free also because of their homophobic policies. That is a choice we can make.

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    I won't be shopping Chick-Fil-A even with gluten free options...I don't like the way they fund groups that are anti LGBt! Rather of elsewhere and have just a meat burger or chicken sandwich!

    Everyone should praise Chick-Fil-A for standing by its Christian Beliefs. Christians damn the Sin of Homosexuality but forgive the Sinner. My family proudly supports Ch.ick-Fil-A for standing by its Christian beliefs.

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    Glad to hear. We love you and will definitely be by to try the gluten-free sandwich. So many need choices and thanks for improving your menu. Excellent to have another option. Thanks again!!!!! God bless you and your company.

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    Won't eat it unless I have a complete ingredient list. This press release says it's "made FROM quinoa and amaranth" and others say it's "made WITH premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth" -- neither offer a complete ingredient list. Gluten-free often means mostly potato or corn flour. Yuck.

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    I went to a newly opened Chick Fil A and asked the manager for a complete list of ingredients. He did comply. However, I asked for the grilled gluten free sandwich and was told that all their grilled chicken was marinated. I asked for a list of the ingredients in the marinade, he complied. I took a chance and was sick and bloated 2 hours later. Explosive diarrhea all day today. I added no sauce that I was given as it contained Maltodextrin, the gluten. Must have been cross contamination. False advertising that this sandwich is safe for celiacs. Chick fil a will be hearing from me!

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    I went to a newly opened Chick Fil A and asked the manager for a complete list of ingredients. He did comply. However, I asked for the grilled gluten free sandwich and was told that all their grilled chicken was marinated. I asked for a list of the ingredients in the marinade, he complied. I took a chance and was sick and bloated 2 hours later. Explosive diarrhea all day today. I added no sauce that I was given as it contained Maltodextrin, the gluten. Must have been cross contamination. False advertising that this sandwich is safe for celiacs. Chick fil a will be hearing from me!

    Maltodextrin is made from corn and is gluten-free.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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