Pizza in Victoria British Columbia

Going Gluten-Free: Is It Right for Me?

Are you wondering whether a gluten-free diet might be the right choice for you? At Romeo's in Victoria, we offer gluten-free pizza on both of our dine-in menu and takeout menu, a delicious alternative that fits every diet, so that all of our customers can enjoy their favourite pizza. We've also put together a helpful guide to answer your questions about why exactly people are choosing to omit gluten from their diets.

What is Gluten? 

Gluten is a general term for a family of proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, oats and other related grains. It is also present in products made or derived from these grains. Gluten is commonly found in foods such as bread, pasta, cereals, baked goods, soup, beer, salad dressings, sauces, and, unfortunately, also in pizza. By serving gluten-free pizza, Romeo's family restaurants in Victoria ensure that you have one less food to worry about.

Gluten-Related Disorders and Health Conditions 

A lot of people who avoid gluten do so because of an autoimmune disorder. The most common gluten-related autoimmune disorder is called celiac disease. When a person with celiac disease ingests gluten, their body produces an auto-immune response which can affect numerous organs. Celiac disease is primarily characterized by an inflammatory response in the small intestine. Other gluten-related autoimmune conditions include gluten ataxia and dermatitis herpetiformis. A gluten-free diet has shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of these conditions.

Gluten sensitivity, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, is another common gluten-related disorder. In fact, it is even more common than celiac disease. Gluten sensitivity causes an array of gastrointestinal symptoms that show improvement after gluten is excluded from the diet.

Another health condition which necessitates removing gluten from one's diet is a wheat allergy. A wheat allergy can display similar symptoms to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. However, wheat allergy symptoms have a much faster onset and can occur within minutes after consuming wheat-containing foods. A serious allergy can lead to anaphylactic shock.

Potential Overall Health Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet 

Many people who do not have gluten-related autoimmune conditions or gluten sensitivity also choose to limit or completely remove gluten from their diets in order to improve digestive health, increase energy, and enhance mental clarity. A gluten-free diet may have particular benefits for reducing gastrointestinal symptoms in people who have conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.

Enjoy Gluten-Free Pizza in Victoria - Dine-In and Delivery 

No matter the reason you are choosing to exclude gluten from your diet, you deserve to enjoy dining out with your friends and family. Romeo's has five family restaurants in the Victoria area, including one restaurant in Downtown Victoria, each serving gluten-free pizza on the lunch menu and dinner menu. All of our pizzas are available on a regular 10" gluten-free crust.

If you're looking for gluten-free dining options, then just visit one of our Romeo's locations or give us a call for pizza delivery in Victoria. Don't hesitate to contact us today if you have any more questions about our gluten-free pizza.

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