“The myth that frying wheat products makes them gluten-free is endangering people with Celiac disease,” says the Canadian Celiac Association.
Press Release April 3, 2017 (Mississauga, ON.)
“The myth that frying wheat products makes them gluten-free is endangering people with Celiac disease,” says the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA).
Numerous chefs report being told that frying something made with wheat changes the protein so that it is safe for someone with Celiac disease, and this is concerning to CCA.
People often liken the frying process to cooking an egg. In the case of an egg, frying it changes the colour and structure of the egg. While heating gluten in a fryer does change the structure of the gluten protein, it does not make it safe for someone with Celiac disease.
“The protein must be completely broken into tiny pieces to make it safe for someone with Celiac disease,” says Sue Newell of the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA). “There are no chemical processes that have been confirmed to do that for gluten in food.”
There is some debate about the exact temperature for this complete breakdown, with a suggestion that heating the food to 315°C (600°F) for 30 minutes may be sufficient; however, at that point the food is totally inedible.
The Canadian Celiac Association recommends that people with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities avoid any food cooked in oil that has also been used for wheat-based products.
21 Vancouver Island Restaurants are Ready, Willing and Able to Take Your Order!
Special Mention! Deep-Fried Plantains and Cassava!
- Floating Fish Store at Fisherman’s Wharf • 12 Erie St, Victoria. • + sorghum-flour battered fish, oysters. Full Details Here
- La Fogata Latina • 749 View St, Victoria • deep-fried plantain & cassava! Full Details Here NEW! GF Hot Dogs!
- Pirate Chips • 75 Front St, Nanaimo • Full Details Here
- Six Mile Pub • 494 Old Island Hwy, View Royal • GF halibut, fries, yam fries, calamari, wings Full Details Here
- Union Street Grill & Grotto • 477 5th St, Courtenay • Comprehensive GF menu Full Details Here
- Beacon Landing • 2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney. See map here
- Big Wheel Burger
- Bin 4 Burger Lounge
- Chuck’s Burger Bar • 2031 Malaview Ave W, Sidney • dedicated fryer, Celiac Caution: shared grill, toppings. See map here
- Dick’s Fish and Chips • 1003 Island Hwy, Campbell River. See map here
- Earl’s Kitchen + Bar • 1199 Gov’t St, Victoria. • All Earl’s locations have dedicated fryers
- Irish Times Pub • 1200 Government St, Victoria. • + GF beer, safe fries, can adapt other menu items. See map here
- Nando’s • 2401 Millstream Rd, Langford. • order without Peri-Peri seasoning See map here
- New York Fries • Bay Centre Downtown, Mayfair Mall, Hillside Mall, Victoria. • Fresh cut potatoes, ask for salt only.
- Oak Bay Seafood • 2024 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria. • All batters GF, dedicated fryer. See map here
- Old Fork • 140 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan • dedicated fryer, chef is celiac. See map here
- Penny Farthing Pub • 2228 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria • dedicated fryer, Bard’s Beer. See map here
- Red Robin • 800 Tolmie Ave, Victoria. • + GF buns for burgers, excellent protocol. See map here
- Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant • 9881 Seaport Pl, Sidney. • + Rice-flour battered fish, avoid yam fries. See map here
- Tartan Toque • 1507 Pandora, Victoria. • + Deep fried wings. See map here
- White Spot • 710 Caledonia, Victoria. • Confirm that deep fryer is dedicated. See map here