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2013-03-22 06:48:00 PM
6 votes:
I have Celiac.  I'm really glad that gluten-free has become a trend amongst scientifically illiterate folk, because it provides me with a lot more options at the grocery store and restaurant.  For once in my life, I'm grateful for the existence of dumb people.

If I have any concerns about cross-contamination, I'll tell the waiter that I'm allergic to gluten and I'll get ill.  If the waiters visibly don't comprehend (e.g. in ethnic restaurants, some don't speak English well), I'll ask to speak to a manager.  I haven't had problems.

This author is crazy to bite the hand that feeds her.
2013-03-23 01:49:35 AM
3 votes:
I realize I'm late to the party on this, but I couldn't help but chime in.  I work in a kitchen, and I can say there is a world of difference between what happens when a "gluten person" comes in, and when a person with Celiac comes in.  The "gluten person" will have their server tied up for a good 45 minutes, running back and forth to ask us what's in this and what's in that, down to sauce thickeners and salad dressing ingredients.  A Celiac will inform their server immediately, they inform me, and I don't take any chances.  Nothing touches anything that has touched anything else, ever.
2013-03-22 06:57:48 PM
3 votes:
No, people shouldn't just follow a diet because it's the cool way to eat.
But, saying that eliminating gluten "...is just a diet that is medically necessary for someof us and no better and probably even a bit worse for the rest of you" is nonsense.

There's a huge middle ground of people who would benefit from reducing their intake of wheat and other gluten-y foods but for whom it's not a necessity to do so.  Just because it's trendy doesn't mean that it's wrong.
2013-03-22 06:52:10 PM
3 votes:
FTA: I've been a Celiac for 14 years.

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2013-03-22 06:48:18 PM
3 votes:
The advantage of so many "posers" is that even Safeway has gluten-free options now. Almond crackers, wheat-free soy sauce, gluten-free pancake mixes...

If some berk waiter or bakery isn't careful about gluten-free, then it's a problem with them, not the popularity of gluten-free.

Our doctor recommended a gluten-free diet to solve some behavioral issues with our kid, and we noticed some other things improved too. So while we're not totally gluten-free, we are primarily a low-carb family now. And when we want lots of carbs, we have GF options.
2013-03-22 06:44:39 PM
3 votes:

JASLaX42: I think this writer needs to do more research before whining.


It's Jezebel... that's like all they do.

Waahhhhhhhhhhh!
2013-03-22 11:09:06 PM
2 votes:
The author is really stupid to compare gluten-free with fat-free.  Fat is necessary for a healthy human body, gluten is just sticky crap.  Virtually all wheat products are GMO'ed over-processed crap, or made of rancid old flour thats been sitting on a shelf for months or years, fermented with lab-invented franken-quick-yeasts that create toxic byproducts, and doused in high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives.

And if food places aren't handling their gluten-free products correctly then that's on them.  Shouldn't the popularity of gluten-free make MORE food places do it right?

Going without gluten really isn't hard.  Eat rice, potatoes, corn.  If you want something like a sandwich, wrap the fillings in a collard green leaf or something instead of putting it between slices of bread.

Cutting out gluten might just help those little health problems you have that you take for granted, like your fatigue, your constantly runny nose.
2013-03-22 10:09:52 PM
2 votes:

Tad_Waxpole: I know this one dumb biatch who won't shut up about her "Gluten Allergy" on Facebook, always posting photos of her new GF recipes or meals she's eating.

She also often posts pictures of her drinking beer.


The majority of people who bleat about "gluten free" are middle-class women who also listen to Jenny McCarthy.  These people are scientifically illiterate and at some point are going to harm themselves because of their own stupidity.

Instead of getting mad at them for their factless opinions about nutrition, please, do people with Celiac a favor: let it go.  Those moronic women are propping up an industry of gluten-free food that wasn't available until recently.  For those of us who really do require gluten-free food, this is the Golden Age.

Don't ruin it for us.  Please, encourage the morons.  For the good of society, tell them about "how your friend lost 50 pounds using this one weird gluten-free trick."

It won't hurt them, except in their wallets (and they were going to blow their money elsewhere anyway), and it will be a mitzvah for people with Celiac.
2013-03-22 08:44:51 PM
2 votes:
CSB time:

Having Celiac sucks.  But in the big picture, it's not a terrible fate.  Of all the crappy diseases to inherit, it's a 2.0 on the 1-to-10 scale of crappiness.

For me, the big downsides of Celiac are having to pay extra for gluten-free food, having to veto some restaurant choices when going out with friends (and feeling guilty about it), and the occasional stomach pain/fatigue/headache if I let my guard down about food preparation.

That's nothing.  Compared to just about any other autoimmune disease out there, Celiac is the one you'd want if you had to have one.

Not to sound like a Polyanna, but being diagnosed with Celiac wasn't all bad.  I'm a lot more careful about what I eat now, and healthier for it.  I spend more time cooking meals, which other people appreciate.  And having a few annoying obstacles thrown at me probably deepened my empathy for people who face greater problems.

/end CSB
2013-03-22 08:25:05 PM
2 votes:

JASLaX42: Been doing a modified Paleo for almost two years, lost 40lbs. Sorry but this "trendy" lifestyle is actually very healthy for some people, and also even the fake gluten stuff isnt good for you either. I think this writer needs to do more research before whining.


Or the 40 lbs lost was because you got off your ass and excercised.  Nobody can change the fact that we manage not to crumble as a civilization before gluten...and we'll be ok after gluten.  1% of the population has a legitimate allergy to Gluten...the rest are trendy assholes.
2013-03-22 08:19:09 PM
2 votes:
The gluten-free craze has been amusing. I know some Celiac's sufferers I met before it became trendy, so it amuses me that people think they want to have that syndrome. It kinda sucks. But it's like there's a certain segment of the population is either hypochondriac or has undiagnosed Munchausen's Syndrome.

We should start up a pool on which next relatively obscure disease will become trendy and all the yoga girls will demand special treatment because they might have it. Tay-Sachs? Phenoketonuria? Ataxia telangiectasia? There are so many options!
2013-03-22 08:14:41 PM
2 votes:

JASLaX42: Been doing a modified Paleo for almost two years, lost 40lbs. Sorry but this "trendy" lifestyle is actually very healthy for some people, and also even the fake gluten stuff isnt good for you either. I think this writer needs to do more research before whining.


Lowering your carb intake is good.

Claiming that you 'need to stop eating gluten' is trendy bullshiat.

According to the CDC there are only 300000 people in the US that need to avoid gluten - every one else is just a poser.
2013-03-22 07:53:26 PM
2 votes:

addy2: impaler: addy2: it's interesting how many "genuine" celiac sufferers show up in these threads to tisk tisk at the posers. How many people would have to have the disease to make this possible?

On the Internet, where a topic is likely to attract comments from those whose life it affects? Not many really.

really? Fark.com and Jezebel? not your average health oriented sites.


So far only 1 person in this thread has Celiac. Given that the odds of someone with Celiac posting in this thread if they read the article (being that it directly affects them) are orders of magnitude higher than people without celiac, that isn't too surprising.

If 1000 people read the article, and only 1 had celiac, the 1 with celic would still likely be 1 of the posters in the thread.

Google tells me celiac affects 1 in 133.
2013-03-22 07:32:28 PM
2 votes:
I have a friend of mine who is genuinely gluten intolerant (severe gastric distress if he eats it) and when he found out it was caused by gluten and had to cut it all out of his diet he said to me "I now know what gluten is. It's another word for flavour".

I always get a kick out of the trendoids who rave about how much better things taste without gluten. No, they don't. Gluten is the stuff that makes wheat products taste good. That's why high gluten pizza dough tastes so good.
2013-03-22 07:07:48 PM
2 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: The problem with asking all the non-celiac gluten-free dieters to please start eating gluten again is that the celiacs have more (and better tasting) gluten-free options where there previously were none.


He's got a point though. A bunch of people have decided to run around being "trendy" by pretending they have a serious disease so now it's more difficult for him because people start becoming indifferent. There's a bunch of morons making special requests for no good reason, food preparers get tired of tired of hearing it, and he gets screwed. There aren't any consequences for the pretenders because they'll never know, but he gets sick.

He should get free nut shots on those people.
2013-03-22 07:01:05 PM
2 votes:

JASLaX42: Been doing a modified Paleo for almost two years, lost 40lbs. Sorry but this "trendy" lifestyle is actually very healthy for some people, and also even the fake gluten stuff isnt good for you either. I think this writer needs to do more research before whining.


It's almost as if regulating your total consumption regularly makes you lose weight, regardless of what exactly you cut out.
2013-03-22 06:58:59 PM
2 votes:
I actually didn't mind this article because I am heartily sick of the whole ridiculous anti-gluten fad. It's even more annoying than most stupid food fads. And the next person who tells me that I can get rid of rheumatoid arthritis by avoiding gluten is going to get cockpunched. Even if that person is female (which most of them are).
2013-03-22 06:57:09 PM
2 votes:
Had an obnoxious French 'friend' tell me that gluten was glue.

Oh and that microwaves changes the molecular structure of water.

We arent friends anymore.
2013-03-22 06:51:34 PM
2 votes:
I stopped reading at "took a turn for the worst."

I farking hate that. How hard is it to get a simple idiom right. I mean, for Chrissakes..

forget it..
2013-03-22 06:49:32 PM
2 votes:
Listen celiac sufferers, you are all evolutionary throwbacks. Either adapt or get the hell out of the gene pool.
2013-03-23 06:17:56 AM
1 votes:
Why are all celiacs you meet women? Sure someone `has a male friend` with the disease but the ones you meet, the ones that post here, they all seem to be women.

I`ve noticed a section of women start `feeling ill` just about the time they have to go to school with developing breasts and want to stay at home instead and this carries on as an effective technique for the rest of their lives.

Don`t want to do something? not feeling well.

"I`m not feeling well today"
"What`s wrong?"
"(vague symptoms involving tummy)"
"Maybe you should see a doctor?"
"No, I`ll just stay in bed. Will you get me (breakfast, coffee, lunch, coffee, something to read, dinner, coffee)"
"you know, this happens a lot, you should see a doctor"
"No, I`ll be fine, I just need to rest. Did you get that coffee?"
2013-03-23 01:40:48 AM
1 votes:
Reading articles on Jezebel tend to make me feel two ways.

1. That women really are wretched creatures who live to nitpick and biatch and moan about stupid bull shiat.

2. That writers on Jezebel need to spend less time at the beach playing in the sand and writing afterwards.
2013-03-23 01:21:01 AM
1 votes:
If a real famine hit us, that high-gluten bread would look like a T-bone steak to 99% of our brave posers.
2013-03-23 12:18:39 AM
1 votes:

Yogimus: Captain Dan: There are worse things to endure.

My point exactly.


You don't have a point. That's what the guy said in the first place you farking moron.
2013-03-23 12:13:54 AM
1 votes:
I'm with the author. I just had a horrible case of the shiats because the idiot prescribing my bipolar meds decided to run on the 'all fat people secretly have celiac disease' train and didn't realize it because he didn't use the normal keywords.

/Farking Assburger's.
//It says something about how desperate I am that I'm actually going to follow most of the rest of the advice...I swear if this doesn't work I'm going to move into the hills with a hippie commune and use weed to self-treat or something.
2013-03-23 12:05:27 AM
1 votes:

thisispete: Since New Year's Day I have gone from 394 lbs to 347 lbs. I still have a long, long way to go, but I've done plenty of reading on healthy eating and forming healthy habits and so far, I'm pleased with the success I've enjoyed. You don't need to cut out gluten. There's not some magic, obscure nutrient element people need to avoid to achieve weight loss.

It's patently obvious that people like me need to cut down on the obviously fattening stuff and learn to enjoy fruits and vegetables moreso than they have to date. I haven't declared war on carbohydrates. Enjoying a banana instead of a chocolate bar or a larger serving of peas and carrots and smaller serving of meat at dinner really makes a difference. If I had to recommend any advice, it would be Food Rules by Michael Pollan, which boils down to: read the ingredients label, don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognise, and lay off the sugar and the fat.


I know what he's saying and all, but my grandmother wouldn't have recognized non-boiled vegetables, let alone sushi, mangos, or a thai green curry.
2013-03-22 11:34:22 PM
1 votes:

Todd300: Had an obnoxious French 'friend' tell me that gluten was glue.

Oh and that microwaves changes the molecular structure of water.

We arent friends anymore.


They do, temporarily, change the molecular structure of water... they break it apart and it burns back together.
When a vitamin is soft-bound to that water it is suddenly exposed to LIVE STEAM and destroyed.
Gluten IS used as glue in many products, its sticky stringy and even worse is loaded up with corn syrup.
I'm glad you got away from that smart french person and quit ruining his life with your stupidity.

BTW, you missed a ' there.
2013-03-22 11:31:30 PM
1 votes:

big pig peaches: Listen celiac sufferers, you are all evolutionary throwbacks. Either adapt or get the hell out of the gene pool.


Actually, very few of them are allergic to the gluten in ACTUAL wheat... its this GE shiat that 93% of the world has grown since the 1950s that is causing the problem.

Plant amaranth, it makes awesome crackers.
2013-03-22 11:24:41 PM
1 votes:
A Jezebel writer is a self-obsessed hipster sparking dozens of self-obsessed counter-whining comments on Fark? I'm shocked. No, really, I always look bored when I'm shocked.
2013-03-22 10:25:20 PM
1 votes:

librarianwah: I was taught by my mother to follow the Epicurian approach. "Eat, drink and be merry; for tomorrow you may die." Of course it helped that she had Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, so it was true. It can cause an aneurism at any time. The family also has lactose intolerance so I know about food allergies.


Pet peeve time.

Epicurus didn't advocate gluttony & debauchery. The goal is pleasure, but not in the oblivious teenage girl "I do whatevah I want, whatevah" sense.

A simple, honest life, with limited pain and distraction. Tranquility was the goal, not "eat, drink, be merry".

/have a day
2013-03-22 09:10:16 PM
1 votes:

Yogimus: Captain Dan: the big downsides of Celiac are having to pay extra for gluten-free food, having to veto some restaurant choices when going out with friends (and feeling guilty about it), and the occasional stomach pain/fatigue/headache if I let my guard down about food preparation.

You have gluten free food available to you
RESTAURANTS cater to you
The pain is occasional... as opposed to you dying early in your life.

/Boy it is just so hard to be able to function with a disease nowadays.


Sure, but if you ignore it day in and day out for decades of your life, the damage you do to your intestines is irreparable, not to mention opening yourself up to developing allergies to other foods.

/sure is easy to be tough on the internet though
2013-03-22 09:06:16 PM
1 votes:

chaosweaver: The My Little Pony Killer: skozlaw: The My Little Pony Killer: The problem with asking all the non-celiac gluten-free dieters to please start eating gluten again is that the celiacs have more (and better tasting) gluten-free options where there previously were none.

He's got a point though. A bunch of people have decided to run around being "trendy" by pretending they have a serious disease so now it's more difficult for him because people start becoming indifferent. There's a bunch of morons making special requests for no good reason, food preparers get tired of tired of hearing it, and he gets screwed. There aren't any consequences for the pretenders because they'll never know, but he gets sick.

He should get free nut shots on those people.

Then they are not doing their jobs properly. This makes it easier to weed them out of an industry they don't belong in. That's a good thing.

Must not have ever had some trender swear up and down at you that he could "taste the gluten" in one of our popular recipes. Demanded we remake it four times before the head chef walked out into the DR with the recipe in hand to prove he was full of shiat.


It doesn't matter what one or two asshole fakers act like when they come in.  When somebody has a request that is health-related, you honor it.

/and yes, I have had assholes claim to be allergic to onions and pickles while asking for extra special sauce, which happens to contain both
//you still farking honor their request
2013-03-22 09:04:27 PM
1 votes:
She can go cry me a river. No I will not eat gluten, and LOTS of people are gluten sensitive even if they don't have Celiac disease. I have lost tons of weight going low carb and cutting out wheat...back to a normal weight.

People wench and scream at fat people to lose weight, this is one of the tools used to DO THAT. Hell I would go so far to say that if all of the overweight population just cut out wheat (and avoided the frankenfood gluten free full-of-funky-crap-breads) we wouldn't have an obesity epidemic anymore.

Stomach issues have resolved themselves as well... I don't consider that "dumb". So in closing, bite me. And sorry you have Celiac (seriously) I know it sucks hardcore.
2013-03-22 09:02:17 PM
1 votes:

Yogimus: You have gluten free food available to you
RESTAURANTS cater to you
The pain is occasional... as opposed to you dying early in your life.


Did you read the entire post?  I was highlighting that the downsides of Celiac really aren't too terrible when compared to those of many other diseases.  The only really serious consequence is an elevated risk of cancer if I don't adhere to a gluten-free diet.
2013-03-22 08:46:57 PM
1 votes:

FunkOut: Contrabulous Flabtraption: I think Celiac "sufferers" should be concentrated in campgrounds. If you can't even eat the thing that made human civilization possible, you really have no business being among the rest of us.

People who can't survive measles, mumps, and tetanus without vaccines are just weak.


It think the anti-vaccine and anti-gluten Venn diagrams have significant overlap
2013-03-22 08:13:20 PM
1 votes:
Meanwhile a glutton-free America is unthinkable.
2013-03-22 07:48:50 PM
1 votes:

skozlaw: The My Little Pony Killer: The problem with asking all the non-celiac gluten-free dieters to please start eating gluten again is that the celiacs have more (and better tasting) gluten-free options where there previously were none.

He's got a point though. A bunch of people have decided to run around being "trendy" by pretending they have a serious disease so now it's more difficult for him because people start becoming indifferent. There's a bunch of morons making special requests for no good reason, food preparers get tired of tired of hearing it, and he gets screwed. There aren't any consequences for the pretenders because they'll never know, but he gets sick.

He should get free nut shots on those people.



I have an allergy to shellfish, and make it a point to let the server know when I go out to eat. If they act like I'm just following a trend or making an excuse, I pull out my Epi-pen and tell them what to do if I fall to the floor.

So far, I haven't had a problem with any restaurant mixing shellfish with my food, even on dishes that normally would contain shellfish.
2013-03-22 07:39:56 PM
1 votes:
I was taught by my mother to follow the Epicurian approach. "Eat, drink and be merry; for tomorrow you may die." Of course it helped that she had Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, so it was true. It can cause an aneurism at any time. The family also has lactose intolerance so I know about food allergies.
I inherited both lovely gifts, as well so here's hoping for the best. Average life span is 42. She lived to 62 of an aortic aneurism, my uncle made it to 9 of an aneurism. People worry to much about life to enjoy it.
2013-03-22 07:36:23 PM
1 votes:

skozlaw: The My Little Pony Killer: The problem with asking all the non-celiac gluten-free dieters to please start eating gluten again is that the celiacs have more (and better tasting) gluten-free options where there previously were none.

He's got a point though. A bunch of people have decided to run around being "trendy" by pretending they have a serious disease so now it's more difficult for him because people start becoming indifferent. There's a bunch of morons making special requests for no good reason, food preparers get tired of tired of hearing it, and he gets screwed. There aren't any consequences for the pretenders because they'll never know, but he gets sick.

He should get free nut shots on those people.


Then they are not doing their jobs properly. This makes it easier to weed them out of an industry they don't belong in. That's a good thing.
2013-03-22 07:31:59 PM
1 votes:
Life was so much easier when we could just eat bacon, Yorkshire puddings, raw milk, and kegs of ale, then die in the bliss of ignorance!
2013-03-22 07:27:28 PM
1 votes:
I don't care what anybody else eats.  I don't care about your diet, I don't care about the pictures you take of your food, and I don't care about the good feeling you get explaining to everyone else why your food choices are superior.  It doesn't matter to me.  If it's bad for your health, don't eat it.  I don't care.  Your menu means as much to me as my choice of underwear means to you.  Live, and eat the things that make you happy until you die.

I don't even wear underwear sometimes.
2013-03-22 07:27:13 PM
1 votes:
Sounds like someone wants to go back to loaves of bread that are the size/shape/weight/taste/texture of a textbook.

/stop being a whiny biatch, and tell people you're allergic to it.
//last thing we cooks want is for someone to have an attack on our dining room floor.
2013-03-22 07:22:24 PM
1 votes:

addy2: it's interesting how many "genuine" celiac sufferers show up in these threads to tisk tisk at the posers. How many people would have to have the disease to make this possible?


On the Internet, where a topic is likely to attract comments from those whose life it affects? Not many really.
2013-03-22 07:18:49 PM
1 votes:

Captain Dan: I have Celiac.  I'm really glad that gluten-free has become a trend amongst scientifically illiterate folk, because it provides me with a lot more options at the grocery store and restaurant.  For once in my life, I'm grateful for the existence of dumb people.

If I have any concerns about cross-contamination, I'll tell the waiter that I'm allergic to gluten and I'll get ill.  If the waiters visibly don't comprehend (e.g. in ethnic restaurants, some don't speak English well), I'll ask to speak to a manager.  I haven't had problems.

This author is crazy to bite the hand that feeds her.


Seriously. My 10-year-old daughter has Celiac, and it's soooo much easier (and cheaper) now than it was a few years ago to get her food that actually tastes good. The whole gluten-free craze has really helped us out. Keep at it!
2013-03-22 07:14:29 PM
1 votes:

Perducci: No, people shouldn't just follow a diet because it's the cool way to eat.
But, saying that eliminating gluten "...is just a diet that is medically necessary for someof us and no better and probably even a bit worse for the rest of you" is nonsense.

There's a huge middle ground of people who would benefit from reducing their intake of wheat and other gluten-y foods but for whom it's not a necessity to do so.  Just because it's trendy doesn't mean that it's wrong.


If they should reduce carbs, they should reduce carbs. Concentrating solely on gluten is misguided and wrong.
2013-03-22 07:13:00 PM
1 votes:

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I eat all the gluten I can get my farking hands on. Sugar, too. And dairy.

So, yeah, I'm doing my part. Try not to admire me too much, it'll just make you feel bad.


I'm on the real butter/real sugar/no low fat product food train. I'm kind enough to remove baked goods from the reach of those who shouldn't eat them.
2013-03-22 07:08:25 PM
1 votes:

JASLaX42: Treygreen13: JASLaX42: Been doing a modified Paleo for almost two years, lost 40lbs. Sorry but this "trendy" lifestyle is actually very healthy for some people, and also even the fake gluten stuff isnt good for you either. I think this writer needs to do more research before whining.

It's almost as if regulating your total consumption regularly makes you lose weight, regardless of what exactly you cut out.

Regulating, yes. More protein, vegetables, limited fruit and raw/organic dairy. Cutting down on sugar to less than 15g per day. Tastiest "trend" I've ever done. This is a permanent lifestyle change.


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2013-03-22 07:04:43 PM
1 votes:
I eat all the gluten I can get my farking hands on. Sugar, too. And dairy.

So, yeah, I'm doing my part. Try not to admire me too much, it'll just make you feel bad.
2013-03-22 06:53:07 PM
1 votes:
"Will Everyone Please Eat Gluten? Please? Because You Are Literally Killing Me"

No. F*ck yourself in the ass with a peanut butter sandwich and die.
2013-03-22 06:52:03 PM
1 votes:

Contrabulous Flabtraption: I think Celiac "sufferers" should be concentrated in campgrounds. If you can't even eat the thing that made human civilization possible, you really have no business being among the rest of us.


What are you talking about?  We can drink whiskey.
2013-03-22 06:46:50 PM
1 votes:
It's bad when you know this was going to be about gluten allergies before clicking anything.
2013-03-22 06:39:16 PM
1 votes:
"Waiters, thinking I am just another ankle-boot wearing Gwyneth wannabe, no longer take me seriously."

So who's more entitled? Waiters, or "disease" trenders?
2013-03-22 06:02:52 PM
1 votes:
So his problem is that gluten free isn't actually gluten free.
 
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