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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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I ate at Applebee's last night referring to the gluten-free items I had listed in my Palm Pilot from info that was obtained on the internet. I didn't feel very well this morning and just hung up with a csr relations rep. He said at this time they will not guarantee ANY item is gluten-free as different areas of the country are supplied by various companies. These companies frequently change ingredients. They are supposedly working on a list, but it's nearly impossible to keep up with constantly changing ingredients. He suggested checking with the manager on duty (been there, done that...fairly useless)..I guess a salad with Oil and Vinegar is our only safe item.

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I wouldn't even trust the salad. From everything I have read, Applebees is one of those places to stay out of. That's fine for me - I never much liked them anyway.

Salads are a major source of cross-contamination - often they are mixed in the same bowls, where croutons have been, dressings are slopped around, fried onions sometimes. Bad news. Unless you can see them make it with fresh gloves and ingredients that haven't been "dribbled" on, who knows!


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The list you found is more than two years old. Applebee's has been telling us not to eat there for quite a while.


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Guest gfinnebraska

I have written off Applebees as well ~ VERY sick each time I try and eat there. Maybe a baked potato would be safe IF you brought your own butter!! :)

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I just sent Applebees an email, and was disappointed with the response, so I was about to start a new thread, and I saw this at the bottom! I cut and pasted their response, and then my response to their bad news...

Applebees Wrote:

Dear Christi,

Thanks for your recent request for a list of gluten-free menu items available at Applebee's.

We are sorry, but due to the complexity of our menu and the frequency in which we change our menus, we do not provide nutritional breakdowns specifically identifying gluten-free items.

The health and safety of our guests is simply too important to us to risk sharing inaccurate or outdated nutritional information.

We hope you understand our approach to your request. We could never forgive ourselves if we were the cause of someone's illness.


Claudia Sutherland

Guest Relations Coordinator

Ref # 247084

I responded:

That is too bad, I will share this disappointing news at the next Celiac

Disease meeting, and post a message on the Celiac.com forum. Celiac

Disease is becoming diagnosed a lot more these days, and many restauraunts

have made available items for Celiac guests to enjoy. Hopefully, your

business will catch on before you lose too many customers.

Thank You for your response.

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Applebees is a useless restaurant! I've tried twice to explain my needs (once in New York City and once in Southern California). Both times a piece of garlic bread was dropped in the middle of my plate and I sent it back. My request for unseasoned vegetables was ignored. Never again. I think I'll write their corporate office, too.

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i would never eat there, it is just not safe enough because they can't guarantee anything is gluten-free

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