The Lack of Allergy-Conscious Fast Food Chains

Before you read the title of this post and roll your eyes at me, hear me out. I want to clarify that yes, I am one of those annoying people who makes a dozen requests in regards to their food when they go out to eat. However, I have to. Being intolerant to gluten, dairy and eggs, I truly have to ensure that the food I am ordering is free of all these allergens or else I will be paying for it later, likely with my head in a toilet.

The longer I deal with my food intolerances, the more I realize that there is a definite lack of fast-food chains that cater to persons with food allergies. Unless a restaurant specifically caters to individuals with food allergies, for example a vegan eatery, it is extremely difficult to come across a place that has more than one gluten-free option on their menu, let alone an option that is free of gluten, dairy and eggs. By no means am I attempting to argue that persons with food allergies need to be prioritized and catered to over persons who do not deal with food intolerances, however it wouldn’t hurt to have a balance between the two extremes.

Where I live, there are two or three restaurants I can go out to eat at that have items on their menu I can eat. However, these are restaurants. As in sit-down for an hour or two and have a nice meal. There is only one fast-food chain in my region that I can eat at without having to worry about whether or not I will be hurling later on, and such chain is Pita Pit. Pita Pit offers gluten-free pitas, and it is very easy to make substitutions to a pita that adhere to my dietary restrictions. I simply ask for no cheese, and ensure the sauces I ask for are free of my allergens.

I surprises me that there are not more fast-food chains that offer items for person who have food allergies/intolerances. Tim Hortons, Subway, Wendy’s and Mcdonalds do not offer any gluten-free items to my understanding, and considering the amount of persons who are willingly choosing to go gluten, dairy or egg-free, I would think that some changes would have been made to their menus by now that adapt to dietary requests.

Perhaps I am just practicing wishful thinking, but I would be pretty pumped if Tim Hortons came out with some gluten-free donuts.

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