When it comes to pizza, there are many ingredients that need to be taken care of, according to a new report from the non-profit Food Allergy Research and Education Coalition.
According to the study, the first step to a gluten free pizza is to avoid any processed foods or ingredients that may contain gluten.
The non-profits website, The Gluten-Free Pizza Project, reports that the average American eats more than 5 million pizzas each year.
The study also claims that about 85 percent of people who eat pizza are aware of gluten.
“The gluten-containing flour in pizza crusts, toppings, sauces, pizza sauce, and other ingredients that come into contact with our bodies is not safe to eat,” said Jennifer Kowalczyk, executive director of the Food Allergic and Allergy Services Program at the National Institutes of Health.
The gluten-based ingredients found in pizzas include corn starch, barley, rice flour, soybean flour, yeast and wheat germ.
The report also warns that if you eat a gluten intolerant diet, you may need to avoid using pizza crust or the filling.
A recent study also suggests that a gluten allergy can trigger a potentially serious medical condition called celiac disease.
According a 2012 report from American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with celiac or a related autoimmune disease were twice as likely to develop type 1 diabetes, as well as hypertension and heart disease.
Kowyczyk said the gluten-Free Project is concerned that the recent study does not provide enough information on gluten-intolerance and that the guidelines for people with gluten sensitivity are too vague.
“We are calling for more clarity and research on what is gluten-sensitive and what isn’t,” she said.
“There are not clear guidelines on when a gluten intolerance starts, but it could happen in any of the following ways: You are allergic to gluten.