Pizza Hut is going gluten-free.
The brand is partnering with Udi’s Gluten-Free Foods and will start selling its new gluten-free pizza Jan. 26, according to USA Today.
The new pizza comes months after Pizza Hut began offering an array of artisanal pizzas.
The gluten-free crust also comes with fewer calories than a typical pizza, with about 150 per slice. USA Today reports the pizza will sell for $US9.99.
Pizza Hut’s new pizza comes with a set of guidelines for workers, according to USA Today:
Gluten-free isn’t simple. The Udi’s gluten-free crust, as well as the cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni, will be kept in a designated Gluten-Free Kit inside each restaurant. From there, every Pizza Hut Gluten-Free Pizza is to be baked fresh-to-order on parchment paper and delivered in a specially branded Udi’s Gluten-Free Pizza box. Also, all employees who make the Gluten-Free Pizza have been instructed to wear gloves and use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter.
Gluten-free diets, which eliminate wheat, rye, and barley, have become a health craze in recent years.
Many experts say that only people with Celiac disease need to follow the guidelines of a gluten-free diet. Only 1% of the American population actually has the condition, which causes the immune system to reject wheat products.
Fast food chains including Dunkin’ Doughnuts and Domino’s Pizza have offered gluten-free products in the past year.
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