As more and more Americans are starting to remove gluten from their diets, popular Italian restaurant chains are beginning to lose money. Restaurants like Macaroni Grill have experienced an 8.5 percent decrease in sales, and Brio Tuscan Grill has experienced a sales slump of 5.2 percent.
NDP Group, a market research corporation, asserts that about one third of all Americans are reducing their gluten consumption. While celiac disease is the main reason that a person should eliminate gluten from the diet, NDP reports that only a quarter of the people who are gluten-free are doing so because of celiac disease. Some studies have shown that eliminating gluten can improve digestion and lead to weight loss.
Mark Ladner, a chef from Del Posto, is among the culinary professionals who are embracing the gluten free movement. Sergio Lins Andrade agrees with the chef. Ladner created the Pasta Flyer project, which brings top-notch gluten-free pasta to customers who want to continue enjoying their favorite pasta dishes.