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Subway testing gluten free menu in Tyler/Longview

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TYLER, TX – SUBWAY® Restaurants, known for their Fresh Fit™ menu, is taking it to another level by testing a gluten free roll and gluten free brownie in the Tyler-Longview market starting the week of January 17th. The gluten free roll and brownie will give Americans with gluten sensitivities, gluten intolerances, and Celiac Disease another alternative to their diet.

Celiac Disease (CD) is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition affecting more than three million American children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed.

Elizabeth Smith has lived with Celiac Disease for five years. She is the creator of The Dallas Celiac, a blog documenting her struggles and triumphs with the disease.

"Right after my diagnosis, my husband and I couldn't go to any fast food restaurants because they didn't know what celiac meant. Restaurants are now starting to catch on. Subway is the go to place for a sandwich, so it will be nice to go there for my husband and now myself," says Smith.

Gluten is found in traditional flour, wheat, oats, barley, rye and malt. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Decreasing the amount of gluten in foods can also help those with diabetes to lower their blood sugar level, while increasing their energy level.

All gluten free rolls and brownies being used during the test come prepackaged and individually wrapped. Sandwich Artists are instructed through a tutorial video to cut the roll with a pre-wrapped knife and only use once.

The same sandwich artist will prepare the order from beginning to end, so only one set of hands will touch the sandwich, eliminating cross contamination. The process is extremely thorough to ensure a 100% gluten-free product. Extra measures are taken to make certain gluten does not contaminate other ingredients such as meat, cheese and vegetables.

"There is a level of trust when it comes to others preparing your food. It has to be completely sealed off. I'm glad to hear that Subway is taking precautions to make the food safe. If they didn't, I wouldn't be able to eat it," adds Smith.

SUBWAY® looks forward to seeing Tyler-Longview residents take advantage of the new menu items during this testing period. Their hope is to offer gluten-free products nationwide.

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