Eating Gluten-Free is More Than a Fad

Posted: April 15, 2016 by rebeccagormancomm206 in Uncategorized

By: Rebecca Gorman

Gluten free crust

Pizza Hut launched a gluten-free crust in January of 2015.

Photo By: Flickr user Kake

Over the last two years gluten-free diets and products have gained popularity due to Celiac disease and other health concerns.

Gluten is a protein that is found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Gluten-free diets are aimed at helping people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines for people with Celiac disease.

People with Celiac disease are not the only ones eating gluten-free. Many health conscious people have adopted this diet in order to loose weight.

With the rise in popularity of eating gluten-free, many restaurants have made additions to their menus to accommodate people who don’t eat gluten.

One example of a chain restaurant adding gluten-free options is Pizza Hut. On January 26, 2015 Pizza Hut launched their gluten-free pizza crust in 2,400 of the 6,300 locations. Pizza Hut partnered with UDI, a gluten-free bread company, to help find the right recipe. The pizzas are made in a gluten-free zone to ensure that consumers with gluten sensitivity won’t be exposed.

Helen Sanders, a woman with Celiac disease reviewed Pizza Hut’s gluten-free crust and said, “Overall, Pizza Hut’s gluten-free pepperoni pizza turned out rather well and was pretty enjoyable. It’s small and pricey for what you get but that’s the reality of gluten-free substitutions.”

Another popular chain is working on adding gluten free options to their menu. Chick-fil-a is currently working on a recipe for a gluten-free bun, and they are testing this product in their Idaho, Mississippi, and Washington locations.

Eating gluten-free does come with a lofty price tag. On average gluten-free products are more than double the costs of regular items containing gluten. For a single gluten free bun consumers will have to pay an extra $1.15.

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