“It is not only ignorant, but also mean-spirited, to call gluten-free a trend. It's a slap in the face to everyone who is actually gluten intolerant. I am one of the "celiacs" you mention in the article (I like your gratuitous use of quotation marks on that word, by the way.), and I am constantly getting sideways looks when I try and find out allergen information when I'm dining out. When you write stuff like this, it supports the theory that people are hopping on the gluten-free train just to be trendy. I have an allergy -- like many other people -- that has been diagnosed by a doctor and eating gluten will put me in a world of hurt. Also, I don't know where you're eating, but I have yet to see gluten-free barnstorm mainstream dining. It's great that some restaurants can be accommodating, and actually tell me what has gluten and what doesn't. Does that qualify as annoying to you? How about products on store shelves that you can just, you know, ignore? But, seriously, thank you for making gluten-free life harder with your incredibly astute insight into the culinary landscape.”
SimonBao on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:34:11
“In fairness to the author, it doesn't look to me that she discounts folks who suffer from gluten intolerance. And lots of folks with Celiac Disease refer to themselves as "celiacs," even if there's really no such word and it does legitimately demand the use of quotation marks.
But she does point out, quite rightly, that there are a LOT of folks who are approaching "gluten-free" foods as nothing more than a fad. I've noticed that a lot of folks doing so can't actually tell me what gluten is, where it comes from, what it does, or why one might avoid it.
I've even come across folks who think gluten is something man-made, similar to trans-fats, and it must somehow be a threat to us.
That's an unmistakeable sign that such folks are simply pursuing a fad, not an informed healthy diet.
I think your response to the essay comes across like Umbrage in Search of Opportunity.”
The Sweet Beet on Aug 12, 2011 at 08:47:27
“A trend is not the same as a fad. The gluten free diet is not a fad as many people who are on it do have a permanent physiological reason to be on it, but I do think some people confuse "gluten" with "grains". I think some people cut back on "grains" (that happen to have gluten eg wheat, the most common grain we eat) and as they cut back they realize how much grain in general they have been eating, and it may be the high level of grains/starch that has made them feel less well....”
BluebirdofUnhappiness on Aug 12, 2011 at 00:53:32
“For some it's a necessity (celiacs) for most of the the others, it's a trend because they think gluten is some unnatural, inedible substance and it's some magic diet. It is good that people with a serious disease don't have to put their lives at risk, tho.”