Monday, December 26, 2011

Gluten Free, Friend or Fad?

Avocado and soy cheese
on spelt bread (not gluten free)
Not long ago I posted a great article for folks who have embraced a Gluten Free diet.  Now before I go any further I will let you know, I knew about Celiac Disease and the dangers of gluten 15 years ago before they were both popular catch phrases.  I remember my grad school classmate sharing the stories of her long hospital stays and her constant battle with the disease.  When I once visited Atlanta, a very knowledgeable elder told me about gluten using the analogy of how water and flour are used to make the "glue" for paper mache'.  Needless to say, I do have some understanding about the gluten free label.  Today, I am writing about the issue because while reading my daily food news, "gluten free" was announced as being one of the food trends of 2012.  It sparks a hot debate in the comments section and many are offended that it is considered a fad.  Well here is my two cents.  Like the low-carb diet and various others before, the gluten free craze could be considered a fad.  When people jump on the bandwagon looking for a magic bullet for weight loss or are followers of the newest diet trends of celebrities then fads emerge.  But for those who have serious allergies and reactions to food, it's a lifestyle.   It's a way a living that affects the health and well being of at least 10% of the population.  Though not totally gluten free, I am mindful of the products I choose.  My body is not a big corn fan so I steer clear of gluten free products that contain corn.  But I can have nuts so I use almond flour in my recipes.  It's all about personal choice and what works for us as individuals.  I can't say being a vegan, vegetarian or gluten free is for everyone.  Everyone's body is different.  I think once we understand that without judgement what works for one person doesn't work for the other the argument over fad or lifestyle will no longer be an issue.  So choose a food lifestyle that makes you feel great, for a healthy body and life is not in any way a fad.
Check out my blog post from October on gluten free living.

Gluten Free? No Problem!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am in agreement. As I age I have found that there are more foods that are not in harmony with my body, hence they are removed from my diet(even if my family loves them...I don't eat them). I am a glutenous (if that is a word) person...breads agree with me, but upon learning that white breads can be not so great I decided to learn to make my own bread.All kinds of are so right oh vegan foodie queen...gotta do what's right for you!!! Thanks for the great post!
Q Bell