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What is Gluten-Free?

Well, first, what is gluten?

Here are a few excerpts from Wikipedia:

  • Gluten (from Latin gluten, "glue") is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye, oat, and all their species and hybrids.
  • Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.
  • Gluten proteins have low biological and nutritional value, as opposed to the grains of pseudocereals (gluten free), which are rich in proteins with high biological value.

Eww, other than the benefit of rising the dough, why would anyone want to eat it?

The incidence of gluten-related disorders is increasing in most geographic areas of the world. It can be explained possibly by the growing westernization of diet, increasing use of wheat-based foods and the development in recent years of new types of wheat with a higher amount of cytotoxic gluten peptides, and the higher content of gluten in bread and bakery products, due to the reduction of dough fermentation time.

Many people today have identified the benefits of partaking in a gluten-free diet, especially those who may have allergies.

To help people dine out, Mezes Greek Grill is pleased we have quite the selection of items on our menu which meet the Gluten Free dietary restrictions, including:

  • Greek Fries
  • Greek Salad
  • Hummus
  • Dolmathes
  • Spanish Rice
  • Potato Salad
  • Rice Pudding

We regret that at this time we’re not able to offer the Gyros, whether as a pita sandwich or gyros bowl as a gluten-free option.


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