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I'm gluten-free and survived on nothing but fast food for 5 days — here's what happened

Business Insider Logo By Mary Hanbury of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 18: <p>I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance six years ago and have been gluten-free ever since.</p><p> In that time, it has become easier and easier to find gluten-free foods, especially in New York City where I live. </p><p> That is, unless we're talking about fast food. </p><p> Even though <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/07/nearly-million-people-following-gluten-free-diet-dont-have-celiac-disease/89950498/"> an estimated</a> 2.7 million Americans follow a gluten-free diet, fast-food restaurants in the US haven't done much to appeal to this <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/why-going-gluten-free-makes-you-feel-healthier-2017-3?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl"> growing population</a> of people who avoid foods like bread and pasta made with wheat.</p><p>In an effort to survey the gluten-free landscape, I set out on a mission to see if I could survive only on fast-food for five days.My most important rule was to only eat at fast-food chains and consume at least three meals a day. </p><p> Here's how I did it:</p>

I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance six years ago and have been gluten-free ever since.

In that time, it has become easier and easier to find gluten-free foods, especially in New York City where I live.

That is, unless we're talking about fast food.

Even though an estimated 2.7 million Americans follow a gluten-free diet, fast-food restaurants in the US haven't done much to appeal to this growing population of people who avoid foods like bread and pasta made with wheat.

In an effort to survey the gluten-free landscape, I set out on a mission to see if I could survive only on fast-food for five days.My most important rule was to only eat at fast-food chains and consume at least three meals a day.

Here's how I did it:

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