Living Gluten Free in Memphis

Posted on April 1, 2014


By Mollie Newbern

imageThere many types of diets out there in the world ranging from no carb to high protein diets. However, there is a new diet “fad” that has been spreading: the gluten free diet. Originally, this type of diet was geared towards individuals who suffer from gluten allergies. If you have noticed, most restaurants today have a gluten free menu. This is because more and more people are going gluten free by choice rather than for medical reasons.

The first question people generally ask is, “what is gluten?” Gluten is anything with wheat, barley, oats, and rye, so there goes all those delicious carbs we love to eat. A gluten free diet is the only way for someone with Celiac disease to live a more comfortable life. Nevertheless, going gluten free without medical needs has its own benefits. One of the most popular is weight loss. The decrease in carbs and genuinely eating healthier in order to avoid gluten helps significantly with losing weight. Studies have shown that there are several other benefits to going gluten free for those individuals who have other existing medical conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, and both Type I
and Type II diabetes.
These individuals have shown a decrease in their symptoms. I personally have recently started a gluten free diet. Although it is difficult in times, I have found that I am much energized and healthier.

The beauty about growing popularity is that finding gluten free foods is much easier now. Not only can you get gluten free breads and pastas at your local Kroger but you can go to your favorite restaurants with your friends and still stay true to your food restrictive diet. Most restaurants you can go to and simply ask to remove the bun or order a salad instead of a sandwich. However, some restaurants may have gluten near other foods which contaminates other foods. In Memphis, there are several local places that are considered gluten safe and have their own gluten free menu:

Swankey’s Toco Shop
Mellow Mushroom
Fuel Café
Pyro’s Pizza
South of Beale
Sweet Grass
Hog and Hominy
Mosa Asian Bistro
Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
Cheffie’s Café

If you are like me and still crave a sweet treat every so often, Mary’s Gluten Free food has some of the best gluten free cupcakes I have ever tasted. You would swear there was gluten in it.

Photo from Gluten Free Memphis’ Twitter.

Mollie Newbern is studying Psychology and Education at Rhodes College and is pursuing a career in medicine after graduation in 2015. Mollie can be reached at

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