I think part of the reason is sort of in backlash toward how intense and cult-ish the paleo / low-carb movement became a couple of years ago. Seemingly anything that had carbohydrates in it was evil, and anything that had gluten in it was absolute heresy.
In any case, lots of people are taking the stance that UNLESS you have celiac disease, gluten is fine.
In other words, celiac = ‘black’, everything else = ‘white’, but ‘grey’ doesn’t exist.
But this is far too simplistic!
In fact, Jimmy Kimmel did a little piece on his show about gluten, which despite being very funny, did demonstrate an absolute ignorance toward how damaging gluten can be.
It is funny, though! So I’ve posted it here.
Now look … I understand the desire to weed out the quacky practitioners and trainers who pretend that gluten removal will solve poverty, create sunshine, rainbows and fix everything in the universe … which is obviously not the case.
I for one think it’s very important not to make people stress about having to “eliminate” foods unnecessarily, because it can place psychological stress and social restrictions on them… so with this in mind, I understand why gluten-restriction has been questioned.
Gluten sensitivity is real, as indicated by:
- clinician experiences
- patient reports
- lab tests from the more advanced gluten-testing labs (i.e. Cyrex Labs)
- the emerging body of evidence, which is increasing