Gluten-free Southerners, rejoice!

By Meghan Overdeep
June 19, 2017
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Chick-Fil-A debuted it's new gluten free bun
| Credit: Courtesy: Chick-fil-A

Good news for our gluten-free friends! Chick-fil-A just announced the addition of a new gluten-free bun to restaurants nationwide. The new bun, which is available now, comes individually packaged and can be ordered with any of Chick-fil-A's sandwiches.

"We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened," said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A, said in a statement. "We heard positive feedback in test markets that the bun tastes better than some other gluten-free breads. That's because instead of rice flour, we've made the bun with more premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth. Our hope is that the Gluten-Free Bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu."

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Recent data suggests that more than 20 million Americans are either gluten intolerant or suffer from gluten sensitivity. Chick-fil-A joins a very small group of fast food restaurants that offer gluten-free buns, including Red Robin and Shake Shack.

Chick-fil-A's gluten-free buns have 150 calories and cost an additional $1.15. Because Chick-fil-A kitchens are not gluten-free, guests are required to assemble their own sandwiches to reduce risk of cross-contamination.