For people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that makes it difficult to digest gluten, a gluten-free diet is more than a trend — it’s a requirement. Some people without the disease prefer to avoid the pesky protein in their foods for various health benefits.
Sales of gluten-free products grew 34 percent annually from about 2009 to 2014, reaching about $973 million in sales, according to a report by Food Navigator USA. The same report says that by 2019 sales total is expected to reach $2.34 billion, which would be a 140 percent increase over another five years.
It’s clear, eating foods without the mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, is still a trend. So where can you go and find many available options?
New research analysed hundreds of reviews from California to New Zealand to find how many gluten-free establishments the city is home to and the average ratings of these restaurants. The study assembled a list of the top 10 cities in the world for gluten-free eating by crunching thousands of restaurant reviews from 250 cities around the world.
Restaurants in the U.S. are leading the charge, with five American cities in the Top 10. Despite its reputation for monstrously-thick pizza, Chicago beats Portland and San Francisco in the survey of gluten-free friendliness – you can now enjoy gluten-free deep dish and even calzones at pizzerias throughout the Windy City.
From Amsterdam to Auckland, gluten-free menus are increasing and becoming more popular. Europe, Prague and Dublin both score highly, while Barcelona offers the perfect excuse to gorge on gluten-free tapas.