For years, many cases went undiagnosed. My Granddaughter was finally diagnosed a few years ago and putting her on a gluten free diet has done wonders. She no longer gets stomach aches at night and is thriving and growing normally now.
Ok, so I understand that some people are allergic to / intolerant of certain things. Wheat, milk, pollen, latex, and so on.
Personally, I'm horribly allergic to dogs / cats / etc. Loratadine + Pseudoephedrine (eg: Claratin D) helps somewhat.
But this has gone beyond whatever very small percentage of the population has a legitimate medical reason for avoiding a certain substance. It's as though gluten has become the new saccharin- it's being made out to just be somehow evil in general.
That's typical though -- if celiac disease was under-diagnosed in the past, and now a larger percentage of people are being diagnosed and seeing good results from a gluten-free diet, it makes sense that a lot of other people who have undiagnosed digestive/regulatory issues would investigate the issue and try out a gluten-free diet to see if it helps.
That some companies will take advantage of this and promote "gluten-free" as if it's a universal toxin is nothing more than free-market capitalism.
On that basis, I've always thought it would be funny to open up shop as a boutique producer of "healthy" foods, and start labeling products as being free of substances which are either entirely benign or which would never be found in whatever product you are selling anyway.
For instance, you might label a loaf of bread as being "hexavalent chromium free".
I think you mean Dihydrogen Monoxide. In addition to being fatal if inhaled, it is a primary component of acid rain, is found in nearly 100% of excised cancerous tumors, and is frequently responsible for causing electrical failures. It degrades the effectiveness of automobile brakes, contributes to the greenhouse effect, causes the erosion of forests, and can eat through solid steel.
And yet, despite these dangers, dihydrogen monoxide is used
as an industrial solvent and coolant.
in nuclear power plants.
in the production of Styrofoam.
as a fire retardant.
in many forms of cruel animal research.
in the distribution of pesticides. (Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.)
as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.
It's "Good Friday", the Friday before Easter Sunday. Seems like a, It definitely is a religious holiday, but my brother goes to a public high school was off today, and I, who attends a state college, had class. WTF is this ****?