Why? why? Why do some people have the need to question people with gluten issues? Saying things like…ONLY 1 OUT 100 PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID GLUTEN DUE TO CELIAC, SO WHY IS GLUTEN FREE A FAD? And…stating THAT 21% OF THE POPULATION FOLLOW A GLUTEN FREE DIET AND 20% FOOLISHLY SO. Aghhhh, and here is why I’m soooo disgusted.
Statements like, “But for those without the disease? Gluten does … well, nothing”.
Well…that’s actually not true.
One article in particular that I stumbled upon opened right up with the insensitivity …ONLY 1 out of 100 of us have Celiac. WELL..that’s true I suppose BUT it doesn’t taking into account that Celiac is grossly under diagnosed. I do believe it is becoming more and more medically realized which is the good news. It took me years to get properly diagnosed and I pursued proper medical care for years and years. It was only by chance and a holistic Doctor that I was properly diagnosed with Celiac. I believe there are more of “me” out there. Like I said it’s only the properly diagnosed that fall into one percent of the population. It was only three years ago at age 47 that I was diagnosed. I went through most my life unaware of my Celiac and just did what was good for me. And, I wasn’t playing around. I was seeing doctors for my stomach issues for well over 30 years. So saying things like gluten free is a fad or calling people foolish is just ignorant.
The article also turned a blind eye on the gluten intolerant. An increasingly growing portion of our population are being medically recognized as gluten intolerant. HELLO, what about them! None of that population is even mentioned in the article I read. Again, I predict this population to jump leaps and bounds if our food continues to be generically modified. So to say gluten-free diet folks are all about fad is a bit uneducated in itself.
The article refers to the 21 percent of the population following a gluten-free diet and calls out 20 percent of us foolishly doing so. That’s ridiculous since like I mentioned a number of us Celiac folks are not even properly diagnosed yet and a growing number of us are legitimately gluten intolerant. I think people in judgement of the gluten free choice are missing something. By my guesstimate more than half of those folks will ultimately legitimize a cause for a gluten-free lifestyle. I will go further to say that some of those folks who are trying a gluten-free diet are on a mission to correct some type of dietary intolerance or allergy that may or may not be specifically gluten. But they are on that journey and hopefully will figure it out. Doctors don’t always help with these issues the way we need. However, I am grateful that doctors are improving rapidly on this issue.
How can I not bring up the people who have IBS. They remove or limit gluten from their diets to relieve a lot of the IBS symptoms. Educating those with IBS to follow a FODMAP DIET instead being totally gluten-free would benefit many IBS suffers. Instead articles like the one that angered me is just lumping them into some sort of fad diet craze. Yet still, they need to eat low gluten diets because they benefit from it. They feel better!
Now, I realize may not be the wisest to follow a gluten-free diet if it’s not necessary. People shouldn’t perceive gluten-free as a healthier diet unless it’s specifically healthier and beneficial for you due to issues with gluten. We should realize that Celiac, gluten intolerance and IBS suffers all follow gluten-free or low gluten diets. That makes up a pretty good percentage of the population these days. For sure, more than 1 out of 100.
Thanks to this commonly cavalier attitude like this article I have waiters assure me menu items are GF BUT THEY ARE NOT. I wish some of those people could be with me when my symptoms kick in, which could be a day later and go on for days. Things like extreme bathroom issues, paralyzing leg cramps, abdominal pains , joint pain and bloating are just some of my minor struggles due to gluten. So, it’s real and affects more than just one percent of the population for sure, NOT just Celiac…duh.
We should be asking why DO people perceive a gluten-free diet as healthy?
Why is it appealing to so many of us? Is it that they feel better and perhaps have a real issue with gluten or perhaps sugars or some other dietary problem. We should be getting the message out, if you feel healthier on a gluten-free diet to properly be checked out by a medical professional. Remember, I agree not to eliminate gluten if you don’t have to. But, so many of us, not just that reported 1 in 100 of us experience real symptoms due to ingesting gluten.
Celiacs, the gluten intolerant and IBS suffers are all gluten shamed constantly. Please have more acceptance of us and guide those not properly infirmed. The gluten-free thing isn’t a fad so much as a problem many of us are facing. People are reacting to gluten and we need to get these people under medical care to figure it all out. We also need to get the doctors to listen and have better awareness of these real dietary issues of today.
I’d like to make mention that even more people choose no/low gluten for so many issues that I didn’t rant about here. I stuck to the medically solid reasons people utilize a gluten-free life. However, so many people with arthritis, autoimmune, autism and so on all claim that lowering or eliminating gluten makes Improvements to their life. We all have the right to feel better if possible. No?
People make dietary life choices all the time. We seem accepting of those who choose to be vegan, vegetarian or even pescatarian based on a desire to live out moral beliefs. I whole heartedly stand behind that choice but eating meat would not harm them internally it harms their personal valueS. I myself spent 7 years of my life following a vegetarian diet in a pursuit to resolve my digestive issues. Those issues finally officially became my Celuac. Now I follow a proper gluten free diet and find it less socially acceptable. WHY? So why are we shaming, bullying and ridiculing those of us who choose a dietary lifestyle that supports us feeling better. I’m not speaking to the issue of people perceiving gluten to be unhealthy. It a protein, a protein that controversially is being blamed for the cause of some dietary issues. I personally think it’s more an environmental problem regarding gluten than an organic problem. I think we have taken GMO’s too far. People are more commonly suffering with bloating and other digestive reactions due to the foods we eat. Food is different today and some of us are having a hard time with that. Why would we not accept people who are trying to seek a way to feel better through food? Why not support that journey? If you are experiencing more and more gastro issues and sensitivities shouldn’t you have that right. People are getting relief by avoiding gluten and that is why it is growing bigger. It’s not because people are following some sort of fad! Doesn’t anyone get this? Why can’t we stay out of the lives of people who make dietary choices based how they feel. Modern medicine in all it awesomeness has turned its back on so many of us. Believe me I’m angry that I wasn’t diagnosed sooner. Remember for 47 years of my life I was out of that diagnosed population. I’m in now I hope we all lighten up.
Celiac decease, gluten intolerance, ibs and food sensitivity are all on the rise so get over it. I say ENOUGH!
Live, eat, share, gluten-free and FODMAPish.