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Pizza lovers wanting a gluten-free offering are more in luck now than ever. One may be surprised at the foods that include gluten, so making a gluten-free pizza in particular is an artform that’s trending across America. 

Why Go Gluten-Free?

There’s a number of reasons why Americans are opting for foods that are void of gluten, namely Celiac disease, which even though it only affects one percent of the U.S. population (about three million Americans), up to 13% shared some sort of non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, according to the Gluten Intolerance Group. That’s about 40 million Americans — enough for the marketplace to shift ingredient innovation.

Now that restaurants are taking notice and offering more gluten-free foods on menus, consumers are seeing a difference. Gluten by definition is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, and people have reported that gluten-free diets have helped them lose weight, boost energy or even treat autism, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Whether there’s scientific evidence of this phenomenon or not, word of mouth is sometimes the best way to advertise, and pizzerias in particular are riding the gluten-free wave.

Gluten-Free Pizza Trend

Harvard Health Publishing notes that avoiding gluten used to mean giving up breads, cereals, pasta and pizza. But now, gluten-free flour substitutes are taking shape, with flour companies producing gluten-free flours, in part, The Celiac Scene reports is also thanks to the Paleo diet. Lentil, cauliflower, coconut and almond flours are trending, especially in terms of pizza crusts. Also trending are gluten-free c-store pizzas, The Celiac Scene says, with “grab-and-go meals that are quick and have heat-and-eat elements. This includes gluten-free pizzas.” agrees. In its “5 Pizza Trends to Look Out for in 2020,” blog, gluten-free pizza made No. 2 on the list. Cauliflower crust was noted as a top contender for gluten-free pie making capabilities. 

So, who’s doing the gluten-free thing currently? There’s a ton of pizza chains in the United States, and the LloydPans innovation team rounded up some of the most craveable pies. Make sure, however, that if you need a completely gluten-free pizza, that you ask about all ingredients. A gluten-free crust alone does not guarantee that the rest of the ingredients fit the mold. 

  1. Blaze Pizza: The nationwide chain makes both cauliflower and keto-friendly crusts. The gluten-free dough is an extra charge, but the build-your-own-pizza way of doing things may appeal to gluten-free pizza lovers.
  2. California Pizza Kitchen: There are five pizzas on CPK’s menu that are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group: The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, Pepperoni, Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage, Traditional Cheese and Margherita. 
  3. Mod Pizza: For a small $2 charge, customers can get gluten-free and cauliflower crusts on all pizzas. 
  4. Papa John’s: Perhaps ahead of its time, Papa John’s started offering its gluten-free pizza in 2017. The crust is made of ancient grains: sorghum, teff, amaranth and quinoa — truly a unique variety.
  5. UNO Chicago Grill: Serving up an entire gluten-free special menu, UNO’s pies can include gluten-sensitive cheese, pepperoni and veggie.

Ready to go gluten-free? Bake your crusts on the best commercially available pizza pans:

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