If you've seen the +Fortune Magazine
article today on the faddishness of the GF diet, you know why I couldn't help myself and just had to comment.
(Plus it's Celiac Awareness Month, so ...)
My posted comment is below. What's yours?
'What is it about economists and bubbles? Why is there always a "bubble about to burst?"
The reason Adkins, low-carb, fat-free and all the other "fad" diets have fallen by the wayside is because none of them were medically-necessitated. Whether the number is 7% or 37% of the population, some percentage of us will ALWAYS need a gluten-free diet. And whether economists, religion professors and many doctors refuse to recognize that even without a diagnosis from a physician, many people actually DO feel better on a gluten-free diet (indicating that they at least have some measure of sensitivity), those people are not going to all one day spontaneously jump off the wagon because it's no longer trendy to follow a GF diet.
What bothers me most about all these articles and media attention on the faddishness of being gluten free, is that they point to Glutino bagels or GF oreo substitutes as "gluten-free food." Of course those are unhealthy! But what about all the whole foods out there that never had gluten and never will? If a person goes gluten free and merely substitutes processed, preservative-, sugar- and fat-laden foods with their GF alternatives, of course they will not be deriving adequate nutrition from their diet. A gluten-free diet is naturally quite healthy, full of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains like quinoa ... and yummy GF sweets and treats on the side.
The author should be living his life this way -- as someone sensitive to gluten himself -- so it would have been nice to hear that side of the story, instead of simply throwing his hat into the "bubble" ring. That feels more like following a fad to me.'
My article: The Newest Gluten Free Fad: Gluten Intolerance Intolerance. https://gfjules.com/newest-gluten-free-fad-gluten-intolera
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