Gluten-free diet: How to keep your taste buds happy

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POSTED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 10:09am

Recently it seems that more and more people are suffering from gluten allergies.

A gluten intolerance can be a result of Celiac Disease or just a sensitivity to the ingredient. If you are someone who suffers from this, don't get discouraged just yet, there are still plenty of gluten-free options you can enjoy.

Gluten is a protein that is normally found in wheat, barley, and rye products. 

Holly Izard, a young woman who suffers from Celiac Disease,  told KETK what it was like when she found out she could no longer eat some of her favorite foods.

Izard said, "I would have this migratory joint problem that would flare up from time to time, starting in my late teens and as I got older into my twenties it got worse, I felt like i was about seventy years old when I was only in my twenties."

Other symptoms include heart burn, headaches, and stomach aches.

Izard told KETK about three years ago she realized her problems were not going away and it was time to find out what was wrong.

She said she went to a doctor and they ran a bunch of tests but the only thing that came up positive was for gluten.

Her doctor said her only treatment was to not eat gluten products.

Now, if you discover you have this allergy you might think you can never enjoy a sandwich or a slice of pizza, but think again.

There are plenty of fan favorite menu items that offer gluten-free meals here in East Texas.

Subway has gluten free bread for their sandwiches.  Pizza Hut is offering gluten free crust for their pizzas.  Chipotle has gluten free tortillas for their burritos and quesadillas.  Andy's has gluten free frozen custard, but Izard's favorite is BJ's Brew House's chocolate chip "pazooki" dessert.

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