Dunkin’ Donuts plans to become the first fast food coffee chain to market gluten-free bakery items. The company announced this week that it is introducing gluten-free cinnamon-sugar donuts and blueberry muffins by the end of this year.
Gluten is a protein found in grains that is often used to give elasticity to baked goods. Approximately 0.5 to 1 percent of the population in the U.S. suffers from some intolerance to gluten, which can cause cause gastro-intestinal discomfort, diarrhea or even bone and joint pain. We’re aware of dozens of independent coffee shops throughout the country that have made an effort to offer glutent-intolerant patrons some bakery options by working with local bakeries, but many of the majority of large chains don’t yet include gluten-free goods in their bakery program.
“At Dunkin’ Donuts, we recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions,” Dunkin’ Donuts PR director Michelle King said in a company statement. “We understand that sensitivities to food ingredients such as gluten are a serious concern for certain guests.”
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