And that certain something is the popularity of being gluten free. It’s not the fact that more companies are coming out with gluten free foods or that more people are finding out they have Celiacs or are sensitive to gluten, it’s the people that are using being gluten free as a weight loss tool.
As if it’s the new Atkins Diet.
The reason I hate this so much is that it takes away from the credibility of people like me (and maybe you) who are actually sensitive to gluten. The people who have to keep gluten out of their diet because it eats away at their body and could kill them. The people who get sick just by ingesting the tiniest amount of gluten.
I’ve met a lot of people who think that being gluten free is a fad. Or they think it’s not really a disease. Or a problem. And that bothers me, a lot.
It bothers me so much because all of these gluten free foods on the market give us a sense of false hope.
What happens when this “fad” diet runs out. When people decide they lost weight and then eating too many gluten free Tasty Cakes put them right back up on the scale so they give up on the diet.
Where will that leave people like me? Will companies stop making gluten free foods? Will they discontinue a lot of their gluten free products? Will the allergy just fall off of the face of the earth like the South Beach Diet or any of those crazy weight loss ideas that were once so popular and have now faded into oblivion?
I hope not. I hope people realized that it’s really a problem.
Oh yes, and the answer to the weight loss question…
When I went gluten free at first it was great! I lost weight and it was easy. And yes, you can lose weight, anyone would when you’re getting used to a completely new diet like that, but you’re probably going to gain it right back. Especially if you start eating gluten again.
Until next time…