Sunday, May 13, 2012

Domino's "Gluten-Free" Pizza

Careful before you get too excited, as the article and Domino's state, they do <u>not</u> recommend the pizza for Celiac patients, but they say it should be okay for those with milder forms of gluten-sensitivity.  To me, it looks like they are just covering their butts because they cannot guarantee against cross-contamination by the 18 year-old high school senior who is making your pizza.  Nonetheless, always great to see more and more mainstream awareness and options out there!  Also, Domino's pizza is obviously not the healthiest thing out there, but a pizza every once and a while is a nice treat.


Just had a family member send me this link

Wellence is apparently an ingredient they are marketing to make GF baked goods taste more like non-GF baked foods (put that pliability or "bounce" back into GF foods).  It is made by a subsidiary of Dow Chemical which makes me a little wary...

On further reading, I found this:  "Wellence 47129 parent materials are water-soluble polymers derived from cellulose, the most abundant polymer in nature.  Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and carboxymethylcellulose, sodium salt products are manufactured from highly purified cellulose which is further modified to obtain the desired properties.  The wood pulp used by the parent material of Wellence 47129 plants in Europe and North America is a high purity, specialty cellulose designed for chemical processes."

I read further and found that carboxymethylcellulose is also used in wallpaper paste?!  It may be very safe, but I will want to do more research myself and hear from others about Wellence as more information becomes available.  Granted, plain cellulose is the carbohydrate backbone of the cell walls of most plants (about as organic as it gets), but once you mix it in the lab with various reagents, could be safe or perhaps not...