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WashPost declares end of gluten-free fad

Halleluyah http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifesty...

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  1. thanks for this AdinaA. I know I wanted to go to Legal Seafood a few years ago just so my friend could have gluten free dinner rolls with his meal. They were yummy.

    1. I guess the WaPo hasn't heard about the plans for Healthy Land yet. Tsk!

      http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04...
      «Upland, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

      At a press conference on Monday, World Gardens Café unveiled plans to build an amusement park dedicated solely around being gluten free and catering to those with Celiac Disease. They plan to call it 'Healthy Land'.»

      1. My favorite sentence from the OP's link: "Restaurant chains including Bob Evans, Hooters and, impressively, Uno Pizzeria and Grill, offer gluten-free menus." That's the "jumping of the shark", lol.

        I posted the following New Yorker cartoon previously, but still worth another look: http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/I-v...

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        1. re: drongo

          The real Unos restaurant here in Chicago (which uses a very different recipe than the chain) would close its doors before it offered a gluten-free menu. And I would support it.

        2. I've never understood why other people choosing to not eat something elicits such an emotional reaction from some people.

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          1. re: weezieduzzit

            It's only bothersome for me because many of them just love to tell me about it over and over again. I'll eat GF if the person wants and we're sharing.

            The growing and harvesting of wheat is the basis for the agricultural revolution and the explosion of sapiens sapiens on the planet.

            1. re: weezieduzzit

              My only issue is gluten is becoming demonized unfairly in a fad kinda way. I have no issue with people that are truly intolerant. It's the pseudo intolerant that bug me. And these are the ones that will jump from one food fad to another proclaiming health benefits that are unsubstantiated or swearing off another "food poison"

              I should also add, when Skinny Pop popcorn plasters gluten free on their packaging you know the whole thing is pure BS

              1. re: scubadoo97

                Why would Skinny Pop be one of your gauges? There may be a huge number of people who are looking for GF products who don't know if one packaged popcorn vs. another is dusted with something like a seasoning which contains gluten.

                1. re: RelishPDX

                  The information could be placed in the nutritional panel not pastered on the front of the bag. Instead they are pandering to the current food fad

                  Anyone remember SnackWell's fat free campaign?

                  1. re: scubadoo97

                    I'd never heard of Skinny Pop before, so I did an image search on Google.

                    I see "Zero Trans Fats", "Cholesterol Free", and "Indulge Guilt Free" plastered in big circles on the front of the bags. Gluten-free is in a list of 10 other items besides "Delicious!" on the back of the bag. Looks like simple marketing to me.

            2. Too many of our favorite foods are made from wheat flour. Bread, pizza, pasta, cookies, bagels, donuts just to name a few. I suspect the majority of non-celiac GF population will lose their resolve and start eating all these delicious foods again. Why deny yourself? I avoid these thing not because of the gluten but because I'm diabetic and try to minimize my carb intake. If my disease magically went away I'd have a bacon, egg & cheese sandwich on an everything bagel for breakfast tomorrow and take away a couple of croissants for a mid morning snack. Nirvana!

              1. Don't worry, I'm sure another diet trend is right around the corner....

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  I'm hoping it contains lard.

                  1. re: jammy

                    I predict that the next fad will be to move toward animal fats and away from vegetable oils. I will jump on that bandwagon, but I won't talk about it (except for when I talk about it a lot to my friends over lunches).

                    Re: Gluten Free: I had a friend who just last night told me that she is moving away from gluten free. Personally I think its because of the backlash.....

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      GF is an extremely difficult diet to follow if you're doing it for medical reasons and have to examine every morsel you eat. I wonder how many people who are doing it for the fad are totally GF, or have just cut out the obvious things, like breads and pasta, etc., but let most or all of the hidden sources of gluten slip through because of the difficulty level of being that vigilant.

                      1. re: RelishPDX

                        We'll at least with it being a fad it has made it much easier for me to find things that are GF without having to read the labels. So from someone with celiac, thank you for making it a fad

                2. Wait. You're citing a puff piece in the style section with a couple of anecdotes? Actually, anecdotes that don't even dismiss the complaints of people with real gluten intolerance?

                  I am completely baffled by people who feel they have to condemn anyone who finds a change in their diet or life beneficial to their health. Some people have celiac disease. Some people find their intolerable symptoms have been in remission since eating gluten-free. Some people have just heard about it and adopted the diet without reason. What's it to you? Why would anyone care?

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                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                    The OP hasn't condemned anyone, but merely provided a link to the article, although the title of the thread is misleading. As for the article, it is sympathetic to persons with celiac disease or genuine gluten intolerance. I think it's notable that there is some pushback against the gluten-free fad, because the faddists make it more difficult for people with genuine gluten allergy, as is pointed out in the article.

                    1. re: GH1618

                      The OP stated the WaPo declared and end to the "fad," and stated "Halleluyah." The OP is the one who titled the thread. And yes, it is clearly misleading in reference to the article.