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Sticking to a gluten free diet has become more popular over the years. Likewise, some must avoid gluten because of medical conditions and health issues. It can make eating out much more difficult because of the numerous foods that contain wheat, such as pizza. Here at Tony’s Pizza, we offer gluten free pizza to make going out to grab a bite a little easier.
If you’re unfamiliar with gluten, it is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, triticale, and barley. The gluten in food can cause unwanted effects once ingested that range in severity. The effects of gluten ingestion range in severity depending on medical diagnosis:
Reactions to gluten can be anywhere from mild to severe or even deadly depending on one’s diagnosis. Regardless, each type of medical condition requires a diet that limits gluten intake.
A few symptoms may appear as bloating, diarrhea, rash, headaches, and constipation. Celiac Disease also shows similar symptoms, but small intestinal damage will also occur in these individuals. Lastly, ataxia is a neurological disease that causes the immune system to target certain parts of the brain as a response to gluten ingestion.
Even if they lack a dietary disorder, many people choose to adopt a diet free of gluten or wheat for a multitude of reasons. Here are some of the main benefits of eating gluten free:
No human can completely digest gluten. In fact, eliminating gluten from your diet often allows you to fill it with other digestible foods. Thus, a gluten-free diet is easier on your digestive system as it quickens the rate at which nutrients pass to your cells.
Gas is often produced in the large intestine when you eat a lot of starchy foods. Finding a replacement for this grain will likely decrease your bloating and gas.
It is no secret that the American diet contains plenty of refined white flour. This flour is a high-glycemic food, which means your body digests it quickly. In turn, this digestion causes a spike in insulin. Too much of this can then lead to a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
Even though it hasn’t been scientifically proven, many individuals have found that removing gluten from a diet clears blemishes on the skin. Researchers argue that gluten causes inflammation, which is what triggers breakouts and acne on the skin.
When one consumes too many of these simple carbohydrates, such as refined flour, it can negatively affect both HDL and good cholesterol. Plus, increased consumption of simple carbohydrates may raise your LDL or bad cholesterol.
Dining out can become challenging when you stick to a gluten free diet, regardless if it’s for health or personal reasons. Wheat flour, a source of gluten, is a huge part of the American diet.
For example, this type of flour is used to thicken soups, gravies, and various condiments. All sorts of baked goodies from bread and pizza to cakes and cookies contain flour.
It can be difficult to determine if something contains gluten. Many manufacturers derive ingredients from a grain that contains gluten, as it is. A key example of this is malt flavoring or extract.
Here at Tony’s, we understand your frustration when adhering to a gluten free diet. We all want to share a slice of pizza with friends every once in a while or grab a delicious pizza when there’s no time to cook.
Because of this, we offer 2 different types of gluten free crusts. The rice flour-based crust tastes similar to that of a traditional pizza crust. Our cauliflower crust is filled with nutrients for an option that’s even healthier.
It takes commitment to adhere to a gluten free diet. Each of us here at Tony’s want you to confidently choose our food when you go out. Here are a few of our answers to common questions about gluten free pizza to help you out:
For anyone with celiac disease, it’s a real concern that gluten will be unintentionally transferred to your food. The smallest amount of gluten can still lead to a severe reaction.
Tony’s takes these concerns seriously. We realize even the smallest bit of gluten is dangerous for some. So, it is necessary to inform diners that our gluten free pizza is made in the same kitchen as our regular pizza. There is absolutely a risk of cross contamination.
There are a multitude of toppings offered to everyone, regardless of their relationship with gluten. Be sure to ask your server for our gluten free topping options before ordering.
An extra tip: stop by Ava’s Cupcakes for a gluten free dessert if you’re craving something sweet after your meal. Ava’s two locations offer gluten free cupcakes daily.
We know gluten free pizza isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of other options available for those who do enjoy a gluten-filled diet!
Tony’s Pizza boasts a menu for all tastes. We have a variety of salads, subs, calzones, strombolis, and other Italian fare. We also offer NY-style pizza! Plus, Tony’s makes sure to cater to the younger members, with our kids’ menu that has smaller-sized portions fit for a budget of $5 or less. Our weekly specials are another addition to keep your budget low.
Don’t forget about our loyalty program! It’s a great way to earn points for eating yummy food. You can join by downloading the app or speaking to a staff member the next time you dine with us. Once joined, don’t wait to start earning points while doing what you love best: eating at Tony’s Pizza.