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Where did all these anti-gluten people come from?

I can hardly find a product anymore that doesn’t proclaim what it does not have in it. It seems that the food police have become anti-everything, even things that are thought to be beneficial.

Why does it seems that anti-gluten fanatics are abound, especially in the Jewish community, I go to Kiddush now and overhear people talking about what is gluten free at the table and what doesn’t have nuts and what doesn’t have soy –what the hell?

Seriously, I remember when soy was the bomb and everyone wanted to have soy but now, suddenly soy is bad. Then lactose became evil and the latest devil is gluten. People hate gluten. It has become a thing to hate on gluten – when on earth did gluten became so evil?

I can’t take it anymore, and on top of all this, you have packaging proclaiming that their orange juice doesn’t have trans-fat in it. There are countless times I see packages of stuff that never even had trans-fat or gluten or soy in it to begin with, but it seems that everyone has become too dumb to realize this. So they have to tell you what the product is free of, making its consumers into folks who can proclaim how healthy they are.

“I don’t eat gluten” is the new rallying cry. Well, woop de do for you.

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  • What War Zone??? January 26, 2010, 1:40 AM

    Please don’t tell me soy is bad, I just started drinking soy milk a month ago. Americans eat horribly-I recently bought “In Defense of Food” which says that we claim to be more and more health-conscious but just eat less and less natural foods (instead buying processed artificial junk). Anyway, I recommend laying off dairy…it might change your life, lactose intolerant Jews!


    • Heshy Fried January 26, 2010, 2:29 AM

      I don’t eat much processed foods. You can lay off all of the food you want – but if you eat more than you burn with exercise during the day you will gain weight. I tend to eat fruits, veggies and nuts most of the time because it’s easy and tastes good.

    • Anonymous January 26, 2010, 1:36 PM

      Some people are concerned about soy for various reasons; google it a little. I don’t avoid it per se but I don’t eat much of it, despite being more or less vegetarian. Some vegans eat several soy dogs a day — they taste good but I’d worry about all that isolated soy protein, which is probably also genetically modified if it’s not organic. Other “milks” like almond and rice milk are also available.

      • Anonymous May 29, 2012, 3:53 AM

        Milk was milk and will always be milk if you let it be milk. Dont siy sround tryin to change it for the better all the time. We are humans so the more we try to do so the more likely we are to make a mistake and whatnot. This is an age of obesety, so what is all these things good for since it still isnt helping. U dont hear much about people from the early 1980s to late 90s suffering from much of this problem so why now.

        • Peen December 10, 2012, 12:58 PM

          Not only is this the age of obesity, sadly, it is also the age of bad grammar and spelling.

    • JP Petryshyn Holm May 24, 2015, 2:03 PM

      Soy has estrogen and people who’ve had breast cancer are not supposed to have much of it.

  • Michaltastik January 26, 2010, 2:05 AM

    People are allergic. There’s more of this in the Jewish community because of all the in-breeding. To prevent this, one should marry and procreate with a hot blonde gyoress.

    • Heshy Fried January 26, 2010, 2:24 AM

      Yes but people are allergic I want to know why this anti-gluten thing hasn’t been around for decades. It seems that it came out of nowhere.

      • Meir January 26, 2010, 3:44 AM

        The anti-gluten lobby probably only recently achieved sufficient power.

        The peanut allergy lobby definitely gained in power in the last two decades.

        • Michaltastik January 26, 2010, 11:46 AM

          Also, the doctors are advised parents not to feed their kids nuts until a certain age in the US. These morons follow the advice and the number of allergies soar. In Israel, the kids eat bamba and there’s next to no nut allergies. I read an article in Binah, once.

          • Phil January 26, 2010, 11:58 AM

            Those friggin peanut allergy people drive me nuts. My kids love peanut butter but can’t take it to school. At least my boys are allowed almonds and pistachios, my daughter can’t take any products containing any nut derivatives to school.

            Then the school has no problem feeding them soda and salami. They are encouraged to bring junk food for class parties.

            • Michaltastik January 26, 2010, 9:29 PM

              Parents tell me for THIER own kids’ own lunches which the allergic kids aren’t supposed to be eating anyhow, it’s assur if it was even made in the same factory.

              Yeah, I would consider homeschooling my ficticious children who better not be allergic to anything.

            • Anonymous February 11, 2012, 11:53 PM

              they deserve to die if they eat the nuts anyway, they should know it is poison to them

              • Kelly August 7, 2013, 12:01 PM

                Well I think eliminating peanuts form a student’s private lunch is stupid I do think keeping it out of school lunches provided is just easier. I will say this though to your cold hearted responses. OH your poor precious little one can’t have his peanut butter at school. Oh boo hoo cry me an effin’ river! They can have it at home! How would you like it to be a parent who has to deal with this? If that kid gets a slightest bit of cross contamination IT WILL KILL THEM (no I am not a parent but I know parents who have to live with this)! They will choke to death because their throat will swell. How awful for you to say “well the kid deserved it” How mean it is to say that. Kids at that age don’t quite understand what it means. Try telling a 5 year old that he can’t have that like all the other kids because he will die. He won’t get it.
                You guys sound like obnoxious smokers who feel they have the right to blow their unhealthy cancer causing smoke into any public place they feel demeaned to walk in. Just because they don’t want to think about “others”, self entitled jerks. By the way back in the day people just died of their issues or lived with discomforted for all of their lives. Back in the day they referred to people as “sickly” because they always seemed ill. Shouldn’t that clue you in? Sorry we food intolerance people are such a pain in your butt. Sorry to inconvenience you! Maybe we should just life with constant discomfort or even die because you don’t want to be bothered, just like they did back in the day. I am not asking you to prepare a special meal for me at a gathering but understand when I don’t want to eat your food because I don’t want to get sick. Ya that’s what happened to people like us. Food allergies and intolerances aren’t knew just more knowledge on the subject!

      • justajew January 26, 2010, 11:42 AM

        It didn’t come out of nowhere; people with gluten allergies just avoided flour and wheat products. As the market grew, food manufactures decided to cater to this market, which includes those with Celiac disease (also called non-tropical sprue, celiac sprue, gluten intolerance and gluten-sensitive enteropathy) as well as those who want to avoid gluten for health reasons.

        The non-soy products are similar – as stated above, it’s not about being healthy per se (although there is an anti-soy movement), I think the majority of the market has allergies or is intolerant of soy.

      • Anonymous January 26, 2010, 1:32 PM

        It has been around for decades. It may just be that there are more companies available now selling gluten-free products.

        On the one hand gluten-free is legitimate phenomenon; there are really people who are totally intolerant of wheat and get really sick if they eat it. It has nothing to do with inbreeding — this is not a problem limited to any ethnic or racial group. I think it may be more or less like other allergies — people are brought up in such sanitized environments, away from all the pathogens humans have been living with for 1000s of years, and so the immune system gets messed up and thinks beneficial things are harmful. That’s why farm kids and kids with dogs end up growing up without allergies.

        On the other hand, for a long time there’s been a trend of people who think they may be somewhat sensitive to gluten, so they try going gluten-free and if they feel a little better, all the sudden they think they have celiac’s disease and they only buy gluten-free certified foods. Maybe they’re all wrong, but hey if it makes them feel better all power to them.

        I see what you mean about stupid labels — candy always says “fat free” even though almost no (non-chocolate) candy has fat.

        I like the Michael Pollan slogan, “Eat food (only things your great-grandma would recognize as food), not to much, mainly plants.” Which is basically the same as R’ Lazer Brody’s suggested diet:


      • Anonymous January 26, 2010, 4:47 PM

        Where did the gluten hating come from? The many who are just now learning that (for them) gluten has been the source of all misery for years, even decades, of their lives.

        A few years ago, a study found that 97 percent of the people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) did not know they have it. The average time from the onset of symptoms till diagnosis in the United States was found to be 11-13 years. New studies are also showing that celiac disease is much more common than it used to be. So there has been a big push to educate doctors (and the public) about celiac disease in order to increase the rate of diagnosis. Therefore, more people are discovering that gluten is the cause of what can be debilitating — sometimes deadly — symptoms and secondary conditions.

        But the cure to this disease isn’t a pill or treatment that people can choose to keep to themselves if they want. It’s a really, really difficult, and stupidly high-maintenance diet. So, celiacs cannot keep their disease and its only cure to themselves. Eating is a big part of social life, and when you can’t eat an ingredient that seems to be in every freakin’ processed food that isn’t “special,” and even an invisibly small crumb or specks of flour floating in the air can leave you wracked with symptoms — well you have to have millions of conversations about what you can and can’t eat in order to stay healthy … if you want to have some semblance of a social life, that is. Trust us, we’d like to not have to talk about gluten all the time, but for many, the consequences of not asking those questions to ensure our food is safe can be severe. And trust us, you really DON’T want to hear about all that.

        To top it off, this disease makes many people unable to digest other things, too, like lactose or soy or eggs…

    • DrumIntellect January 26, 2010, 9:20 AM

      lol Michaltastik. sounds like a plan!

  • YitzchokAizik January 26, 2010, 3:49 AM

    they are allergic to it, smart guy!

  • Yochanan January 26, 2010, 4:36 AM

    A bit off topic.

    But why does it seem like the percentage of guys with douchy bluetooth devices is much higher in the frum population?

  • T @ Gluten-Free Bay January 26, 2010, 7:01 AM

    As a reader who has celiac disease and runs a gluten-free kosher cooking blog but also thinks some parts of the gluten-free craze in the Orthodox world are nuts, let me help you understand the gluten thing.

    Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that makes you unable to digest the glutens that are found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut and spelt (oats are okay for some celiacs and not for others but are often cross-contaminted with wheat). CD can cause very serious health consequences ranging from cancer to osteoporosis. It is genetic, and it is more prevalent among Jews (and some other ethnic groups) than others.
    For a long time, in Europe people were tested for celiac disease pretty routinely but in the US no one was. There was massive misinformation about it, doctors thought unless you saw a child with failure to thrive a person couldn’t possibly have it, so it was never tested for. NOt that long ago people started to notice that this wasn’t true – That overweight people, older people, etc could all have CD. and it was causing really terrible health consequences when not diagnosed. So it is being tested for MUCH MUCH more prevalently now (which is a good thing – it should be a fairly routine blood test done on anyone with GI, rheumatoid, mood or neurological issues, IMO). Whereas once it was thought 1 in 1000 people had it, the current statistic is 1 in 133. That is a very high prevalence for what is still a disease most people have never heard of!

    It is diagnosed via a blood test and then the blood test can be followed up in some cases by a biopsy (via endoscopy) to see to what extent the lining of the intestine is damaged.

    So all this is to say, true celiac disease can actually be quite life-threatening and is important to accurately diagnose – And this is happening more and more frequently due to rising awareness.

    In addition to celiac disease (which is not really a “food allergy”), food allergies and GI disorders have been on the rise and gluten is a notorious culprit for many of these – For instance, it can be a trigger for IBS, IBD, etc. There are people with mild to serious gluten intolerances who do not have CD.

    Now there’s the frum obsession with gluten-free craziness. There is an AMAZING amount of obsession with “natural health” and “alternative health” especially amongst the Hasidic crew. Several gluten-free kosher companies started in the Hasidic community. Hasids run natural food stores specializing in gluten-free items and vitamins, in a number of communities. Is this partly due to higher diagnosis of actual CD? Yes. But it’s partly due to this silly idea that cutting out gluten will help with a range of other disorders that there is no evidence it will help. There is no conclusive evidence it will help autism, yet many parents of autistic kids put their kids on a gluten-free diet. Same thing with a variety of other disorders (and though there is some proof it can help with certain forms of arthritis, MS, etc it’s still not researched enough to really know).

    This is a massive overgeneralization but I have to say that in my experience the more right wing the Orthodox community the less grounded in actual, legitimate medical information folks are, the less critical thinking people employee about health matteres, and the more likely to try unproven cures. I have seen the interest in gluten-free explode in the Orthodox community, and this is great for those of us with actual celiac disease or gluten intolerance because it means more products being developed and sold that we can safely eat (we can get sick from even a crumb of gluten in our food – I get neurological symptoms from that little sometimes). I can get safely gluten-free oat challah to say bracha on, delicious but non-motzi challah rolls to not say bracha on, a million types of pasta and cookies, etc. It gives me some semblance of a normal life. At the same time this interest in gluten-free by people who don’t actually have gluten intolerance of any sort makes things harder for those of us who do because gluten-free starts to be seen as a fad. If your local healthfood store proprietor or your best friend tell you a GF diet will cure all your ills, don’t do it. If you’re gastroenterologist suggests a GF diet, or if you do a food elimination diet and discover gluten is making you really sick… Go for it.

    • s(b.) January 26, 2010, 4:15 PM

      This. You won’t die if you eat it one week, but if you wind up with colon cancer or other terrible things, down the road, that xyz you had one week won’t seem worth it.

      the good news is, it’s not that hard to eat a gf diet … it’s kind of like pesach, year-round. A lot of Chinese and Asian foods are fine. There are lots of blogs with gf recipes. A friend who isn’t Jewish was recently diagnosed w/celiac. I told her to put passover before the name of a food she wants to make in her search string. Who knew pesach recipes would come in handy year-round?

    • Kelly August 7, 2013, 11:47 AM

      I also think more people are just starting to realize their issues are form wheat. I have a feeling for 1000s of years people got sick of it and didn’t know it was gluten. They either died early or like me just lived with the discomfort. Remember people always saying “so and so has always been sickly and not well most of their life” in old books and articles. I think people forget the life expectance wasn’t very long and people died from unknown reasons over and over again. Children died often and suddenly (chocking to death might be mistaken for a nut allergy?).
      I LOVE YOU FOR THIS COMMENT!! You pretty much said everything I was thinking!! I hate the wheat belly people. They get on my nerves, they tell me not to even eat grains I can eat as a gluten intolerant person (like rice) and then there are people who preach about me not eating potatoes and other starches. WTF I am 90lb women who has trouble keeping weight on I NEED MY CARBS DANG IT!!! That is so dangerous to tell people to take things out of their diet when they do not know the persons health issues. They look down on the wheat eaters with distain too like they are all “knowing”. I say I envy the wheat eaters I miss my FRIED BREAD darn it!!!! I miss being able to eat at my Italian side of my family’s dinners: P.
      I laugh at people who buy gluten free in hopes to lose weight. Sure if you focus on natural gluten free foods (like veggies, meat, and fruit) then yes you will. However, processed food isn’t going to help with weight loss gluten free or not. A box of cookies is s box of cookies whether it is made with wheat flour or rice flour!
      I hate it because I just found out I needed to avoid gluten and people roll my eyes at me. “You have been eating wheat for years why can’t now”. Me “because I didn’t know that’s what was causing my issues AND IT IS DOCTORS ORDERS!” Thanks to the “gluten free dieters” they are making it hard for me to get people to take me seriously hence this blog.

  • T @ Gluten-Free Bay January 26, 2010, 7:03 AM

    (and by “not say bracha on” I meant “not say motzi on”… lol)

  • Gluten-free Gal January 26, 2010, 7:48 AM

    People who can’t eat gluten often have an autoimmune disease called Celiac Sprue, which is more closely related to other autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes (“childhood diabetes”) and lupus than to food allergies. The presence of gluten in the intestines causes the immune system to attack the intestines, whereas food allergies are caused by the immune system attacking the food itself. Eating gluten can cause someone with celiac disease to develop other autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer. Gluten as the cause of celiac disease was discovered during WW2, and there is wide awareness of it in Italy and Ireland, and increasing awareness throughout Europe. Israel has noted gluten on its food packages for over a decade. Autoimmune diseases and allergies do seem to have increased lately, and it’s thought that the lack of immune challenges are responsible for that increase, not just due to greater cleanliness but also due to lack of serious infections. Some people have infected themselves with intestinal parasites (google “worm therapy”) in order to reduce autoimmune diseases and allergies.

  • abandoning eden January 26, 2010, 7:52 AM

    celiac disease….it’s fairly common among jews, as are many other gasto intestinal based diseases (due to inbreeding, yay!). Celiac is an allergy to gluton, and having gluton can basically do permanent damage to your intestines if you have celiac, so it’s really important for celiac people to not have gluton.

    the lactose thing has the same reason behind it…last estimate I heard was 70% of ashkenazi jews are lactose intolerant….white europeans (whose bodies evolved in an area in which cows were domesticated and raised, and therefore people who could digest milk were much more likely to survive) are actually the only people whose bodies are built to digest milk, and jews are not white europeans.

    soy and trans fat are more dietary fad issues than disease issues, but the first two can be pretty serious. Especially gluton allergies.

    • abandoning eden January 26, 2010, 8:30 AM

      also have you seen the tv commercials for how healthy Hebrew national meat is…they have a picture of a cow and show how they don’t eat the butt part of the cow nad are like “no if and or butts about it” ha!

  • Phil January 26, 2010, 11:44 AM

    Yup. Like those potato chips that have no trans fat, are vegetarian friendly and approved by the heart foundation as a “healthy choice”. Then you get the almighty Oprah attacking beef producers. No wonder kids today are more obese than they ever were, that’s what happens when you have ignorant parents falling for this crap.

    An appropriate Dennis Leary quote comes to mind:

    “I’m the kind of guy that could sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs or the side order of gravy fries? I want high cholesterol. I would eat bacon and butter and buckets of cheese. I want to smoke Cuban cigars the size of Cincinnati in the nonsmoking section. “

  • FrumGer January 26, 2010, 4:22 PM

    Yochanan- black people use them way more than frummies..

    There is nothing wrong with soy- the problem is american rip and raze farming methods suck all the nutrients out of the traditional soy bean. japanese soy is great much higher quality.

    Heshy- get some new material- i watched you rant about this on Ronnen Segals youtube page posted like a year ago.

    • Yochanan January 26, 2010, 6:18 PM

      You might be right. But maybe I am more embarrassed of a MOT talking obnoxiously loud about a business deal that didn’t go through than anything else.

    • Michaltastik January 26, 2010, 9:33 PM

      Yes, this is a comon complaint about Heshy that he has no new material and rehashes the old.

  • spidey January 26, 2010, 4:51 PM

    Anyone ever hear of the paleo diet? It is based on the premise that humans were hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years and agriculture has been around for maybe ten thousand years. So what are humans adapted to eat? Things that have been around and available for many thousands of years. Therefore, all grains are avoided, as are milk products, as milk has only been available for a few thousand years. Instead, fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat and fish are eaten. It doesn’t seem to matter in what proportion- it’s the lack of grain in one’s diet that seems to be the most important for health. Here’s a quote-
    “Eliminate sugar, grains(even whole grains) and potatos from your diet.
    This modification will produce the biggest ‘bang for your buck’ in
    health, fitness and looks, above and beyond any other single tip about
    exercising or eating well can produce.
    As an avid proponent of the Paleolithic Diet or stone age diet, and
    according to evolutionary concepts I do not believe human beings have
    fully adapted to sugar, grain and potato consumption. Humans started
    domesticating such foods at the start of the Neolithic era, 10,000
    years ago, which left very little time, evolutionary-wise to adapt to
    such foods.
    The result? A spike in degenarative diseases and decrease in stature
    and bone density as demonstrated by the fossil record.
    Also, the presence of many antinutrients in those foods, for example
    phytic acid/phytate, (present in all grains and inhibits absorbtion of
    many minerals) and the need for processing suggests this food was not
    originaly ment for human consumption. (Try eating a full raw potato
    and see how you feel)
    To sum up, concentrate your diet around quality animal protein
    products, a lot of vegtebles, (especialy green, leafy ones) seeds and
    nuts and some fruit and berries. This should comprise the bulk of your
    food consumption.”
    I’m curious to know if any frum people follow the paleo diet.

  • M. January 26, 2010, 5:23 PM

    I’m allergic to sarcasm

  • Dan the man January 26, 2010, 8:05 PM

    Its all so they can sell spelt Shmorah Matzo at crazy high prices. To frummys .

  • Rachel January 27, 2010, 10:20 AM

    Me, me, me, me! I have serious problems with gluten, oats, rice etc. But hey, I still have my little piece of challah once a week – it doesn’t feel like Shabbat otherwise. And all those ‘free from’ foods (pretend bread, pretend pasta, pretend stuff…. – they are awful and worse for you nutritionally than the real foods.

    However, I ‘subsist’ on veg, nuts, fish, meat and I manage fine.

    @spidey – yes, the paelo diet is a good one. I lost mucho weight after dropping the foods that I’m allergic to. And am much healthier.

  • Anonymous January 27, 2010, 11:50 AM

    I feel like your just a person who wants to rant about things aren’t the way they once were. Life is change you can either grow with the rest of us or not. I am on the side where I am strongly for the labeling for what is in food these days. As a celiac’s disease women I need the labeling. Without this labeling of gluten or wheat on packages I would always be sick. I hope you find a way to overcome this frustration with food labeling.

  • duddes02 January 27, 2010, 3:07 PM

    I have no idea why this is even a topic. It’s comparable to you asking why lactose free milk is sold. Some individuals just have a hard time eating certain types of food and the labelling helps them make choices.

    Why didn’t you just google “what is gluten free”?

  • srs January 29, 2010, 12:59 AM

    ok, I’m too lazy to read all the comments right now so I apologize if this has already been said.

    I think it’s good that more gluten free products are available to help people with celiac disease, but it’s incredibly misguided for a healthy person to avoid gluten. Gluten is the main protein component of wheat (and related grains) and is very good for you. Without proper guidance from a doctor or dietitian, cutting out wheat products entirely from your diet can lead to many vitamin deficiencies, especially B vitamins.

    People who really do have celiac have to avoid gluten like you would avoid any allergen. Gluten is often hidden is seemingly innocuous products (like many over the counter medications, flavourings, and other processed foods) so you have to really know what you’re doing. Consuming any amount of gluten (even microscopic amounts) is often enough to trigger a reaction and it can be extremely detrimental. Buying GF crackers is just not good enough.

  • JdollJr January 29, 2010, 3:50 AM

    I know many people may think because they have heard a lot of press about the gluten free diet it must be the latest fad. Well it isn’t. It is a proven healthy diet that will benefit everyone. Eating gluten free will eliminate toxins from food entering your blood stream. This is not only for celiac patients, but for everyone unfortunately at the mercy of the dishonest food manufacturers.

  • Sarah Miller May 29, 2010, 12:25 PM

    I know that the rise of gluten-free products and people can come off as a “better-than-you” attitude; sorry for that. The truth is though, that like corn, gluten has been modified and placed in almost everything. Our bodies were not meant to handle that much gluten and thus an allergy to gluten is on the rise. Although it seems like an intense life-style, those of us who are allergic can actually become extremely ill when ingesting it. I, for example, have miscarried twice because I did not realizing I was (1) allergic and (2) that is could end pregnancy.

  • Carol August 16, 2011, 3:55 PM

    Soy is bad for you because it mimics estrogen. Estrogen gives you cancer. Fermented soy is the only soy I will tolerate. Drink almond mild or rice milk.

    • Anon February 12, 2012, 9:54 AM


  • Ronnie November 18, 2011, 4:50 AM

    Its becoming big because more and more people are having issues with Gluten. One example is my own mother that cannot take it or she goes into serious pains and gets so bad she starts crying for hours. This is why its becoming a big deal.

  • Anonymous December 19, 2011, 3:25 PM

    I hear ya buddy

  • A. Nuran December 19, 2011, 4:13 PM

    “More and more people are having issues with gluten”
    Orthorexia Nervosa is a terrible thing.

    I know lots of people who go on about how gluten is bad for their allergies. Have they ever actually had an allergy test? No. Do they have celiac disease? No.

    They just “feel better” or “have more energy” or “aren’t bothered by allergies” after removing something from their diets. It works the same way as acupuncture or foot reflexology.

    You’re feeling bad. You get poked with needles or have someone pound on your feet or adopt a bizarre diet. After a while you feel better. You would have anyway, but because you did something at the same time you just KNOW that’s the cause. In reality any of these or hopping on one foot while making the Sign of the Double-Humped Okapi would do the same thing.

    And when you try the forbidden food again you don’t like it and don’t digest it very well. The reason for that is pretty simple. When your body stops receiving a food it often cuts down on production of the enzymes which digest it. If you went back to eating pasta or bread production would go up again after a while.

  • caitlin January 16, 2012, 11:33 AM

    While I can understand being annoyed by new trends in bad food/good food, there are a substantial number of people who truly cannot tolerate wheat and gluten. And I am truly sick of people discounting real allergies as phony baloney. Some people are allergic to things. Get over it. My great-grandmother was allergic to wheat, and later generations unfortunately inherited the allergy. (I said great-grandmother. You know, an ancestor who lived way before the hype you hate so much). When people challenge me on this allergy, calling it fake, trying to trick me into eating a food that contains wheat and then saying, “See, you didn’t die!” I start to lose my cool. When I eat wheat, I can usually tell within minutes. My throat swells up– making it harder to breathe, my sinuses flare up making me congested and my eyes itch, my throat itches, I get digestive problems, my skin breaks out and swells slightly, and it can take me a couple days to a couple weeks to get my body (and my mental clarity) back to normal. While this might not be enough to constitute an allergy for some people, it is certainly not the way I’d like to live.
    Celiac disease is likewise real, whether or not haters want to recognize it. It is an auto-immune disorder that can only be treated by not eating gluten. Studies have shown that people with autism who follow a gluten-free and casein-free diet experience an improvement in their speech and behavior. Parents of children with autism continue to see amazing results. But if you don’t believe in gluten intolerance, maybe you don’t believe in autism either, I guess.
    And finally, the hybridization of wheat and soy (the reason why so many non-allergic people might be interested in going wheat and soy-free) is admittedly troubling. While it is true that people have eaten wheat and soy for thousands of years, they’ve never eaten wheat and soy like this. These crops are actually very different from what our ancestors ate and more research continues to suggest (without waffling) that it is causing health problems.
    Anyway, whether it’s real or not, if people continue to experience better health when they cut out wheat or gluten or soy or anything from their diets, why should you even care? Even if the diet change were a placebo, it’s a placebo that is changing people’s lives for the better.
    In summary: Get Over Yourself.

  • ,mhgfdj dfjgkjfd January 17, 2012, 9:56 AM

    you no, some of us can’t eat gluten. celiac is on the rise. you may get it some day.

  • g February 5, 2012, 9:01 PM

    Dear Bitch

    Some people are ALLERGIC to gluten so they need to know what it is in so they won’t have a reaction and DIE. Besides that, the company put gluten free on the label, not the people. You’re not the only one who can look at the ingredients and look for gluten, okay? Besides the people who are allergic, the other people are doing it for health reasons. You’re probably some fat bitch who sits on her couch writing this shit bagging on healthy people because you’re too lazy to do anything about your fat ass. You probably don’t give a dip about your body, animal rights, or the environment, but some of us do. If you’re gonna do a column, why not do your research and not just include YOUR OPINION and bad attitude? “I bag on people who didn’t do anything to me and do it all behind the security of the internet” Well woopdy-do for you. The internet gives everyone a voice, doesn’t it?

  • bratschegirl February 12, 2012, 8:43 AM

    Allergies are actually on the rise; it doesn’t just seem that way. The most persuasive hypothesis I’ve seen on the subject says that, even for those of us who try to eat “whole” as opposed to processed foods, there has been so much hybridizing and cross-breeding and “improving” (not to mention genetic engineering) that even the whole foods we eat aren’t the same ones our grandparents ate. Wheat is different, potatoes are different, peanuts are different. In short, the level of environmental stressors, including foods, has changed at a much faster rate than the evolution of the human body can possibly keep up with. Count yourself lucky if you’re among those who aren’t particularly affected (which includes me so far… knock on wood…).

    • Crowin' Cock February 12, 2012, 8:48 AM


      Funny. I just read an article on a study that was recently done on the rising number of allergies. The common factor they came up with, was that these allergies are on the rise mainly in civilized countries, leading them to decide that the main reason allergies are on the rise is to to the increased level of hygiene we have. In other words, the cleaner we become, the less likely we are to build up resistance to certain bacteria and allergies.

  • Celiac February 26, 2012, 10:02 PM

    What a bunch of ignorant rants on here. Some people, like myself, have celiac disease. Im not Jewish. Its an autoimmune disorder. The reason its come to the attention of the media is that many more people have ut than previously thought. Years ago peoples cause of death was “stomach pain” or “diarrhea” etc. Obviously neither one of these are causes of death, just symptoms. With advances in medicine we can now be tested. So do some research before posting rediculous ignorance!!

  • Celiac February 26, 2012, 10:10 PM

    CELIAC DISEASE IS NOT AN ALLERGY!! So please stop assuming all of those that are gluten free are allergic to it. Its an autoimmune disease. For those with celiac, gluten attacks the lining of the small intestine. The small intestine is where nutrients are absorbed. So any organ can be starved of nutrients. In fact some people dont have stomach problems at first. I started with kidney probs. Would you bitch about people who were born with diabetes? Im sure it took a while to become understood by most. Please do the research before opening your mouths. Pure ignorance.

  • bratschegirl February 27, 2012, 1:32 AM

    And now, I see on FB that Heshy’s eliminated all grain-based carbs from his diet and has noticed a huge difference in how he feels…

    • Celiac February 29, 2012, 9:31 AM

      Oh how interesting! Talk about silencing the critic. Thanks for the update Brastschegirl!

  • Wayne August 11, 2012, 12:21 AM

    I read all this about GLUTEN FREE
    And the immune system antibodies sad
    We read alot about symptoms and cures for them
    What causes the problem
    (I have MS I know auto immune disease) no cause-no cure-no idea yep that’s me
    My wife & I sick of being sick
    SSSOOO we looked for answers my wife had irritable bowl
    Now I am Talking & Walking she can eat ANYTHING she wants
    How did we do it
    ANSWER::::: KEFIR look it up on web do your own home work
    We kill all the bad bacteria in our bodies AND good, but we only put the bad back HELLO ?????

  • Cesar December 7, 2012, 6:11 PM

    People is not really allergic to gluten what happen is that scientists has modified the gens of wheat in order to make them grow faster and bigger but once the gens are modified (gmo) some people get sick but if the same allergic person eats bread made of a natural wheat( no gens modified) then the story would be another.

  • Christine December 10, 2012, 7:36 PM

    Gluten allergy/sensitivity has become more prevalent in the last few years because
    exposure to gmo wheat and corn products is cumulative. Monsanto controls 90 % of the wheat and corn seed grown in this country. The seed has been hybridized and treated with the Elisa virus making them drought and pest resistant, increasing
    yield per stalk, and short to prevent breakage. Some types of seed are able to produce their own pesticide. They produce a product containing 4x more gluten and several “new” protiens. (new to wheat) We no longer eat the wheat we have been eating for thousands of years, Einkorn. We have been eating genetically engineered/gmo wheat and corn for around 25 years. The health problems it causes are devastating. It is not only a gluten sensitivity, it’s a gmo poisoning.
    EVERYONE is affected by gmos, they just don’t attribute their allergy, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, liver cancer, bladder cancer, autism to it. All of these medical problems have risen in direct proportion to the number of years we have been unknowingly exposed to gmos.
    The only way to avoid them is to be wheat free and ALL other food must be organic.

  • nifongnation January 12, 2014, 9:24 PM

    Ask Obama’s wife what you should eat, and also Mayor Bloomberg. They are the accepted experts today, as was Al Gore the science guru some years back.

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