Monday, May 14, 2012

Gluten-Free Pizza at Domino's?

Weeeeeeeeeeeeell, sort of.

Yes, Domino's is offering a gluten-free pizza. HOWEVER, there is a disclaimer. Watch the video below.

So, essentially, it's not really an option for people with full-blown Celiac disease due to possible cross contamination in the pizza chain's kitchens. It's probably okay for people with gluten sensitivities. Some people are up in arms that the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) would even endorse this pizza due to the disclaimer, but honestly, I think the NFCA is more supporting the idea behind offering a gluten-free pizza rather than the pizza itself. And possibly with support from the NFCA, Domino's will be able to upgrade its kitchens so that they can better ensure no cross contamination - such as having a dedicated gluten-free station and workers manning that station, perhaps. I think it's great that Domino's is willing to take this step in offering pizza that everyone can eat, and I also think it's great that they are giving us the disclaimer. Plus, notice that Patrick Doyle keeps saying "gluten sensitivity" instead of "Celiac disease". He's being honest in selling the product and leaving the final purchasing decision to people on gluten-free diets. This pizza is not for everyone, and the company is saying so from the start.

We do our fair share of eating out at restaurants that offer gluten-free menus, and I'm willing to bet that because all of that food is prepared in the same kitchen as the regular menu items, there is still the possibility of cross-contamination. I can't see what the Ruby Tuesday's, Outback Steakhouse, Five Guys, or Chili's workers are doing in the kitchen or where they are preparing the food. The gluten-free menu at Chili's even states: Please be aware that during normal kitchen operations involving shared cooking and preparation areas, including common fryer oil, the possibility exists for food items to come in contact with other food products. Due to these circumstances, we are unable to guarantee that any menu entrĂ©e can be completely free of allergens. (Granted, the NFCA isn't endorsing Chili's, but...) We take our chances and eat there anyway because they are at least making an effort. And my husband hasn't gotten sick from eating at those places, so either the cross-contamination isn't an issue or it's too tiny an amount of gluten that it doesn't affect my husband.

Perhaps we should call our local Domino's and give the pizza a shot, then report back on what we thought (and if sickness ensued).

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