Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Should We All Go Gluten-Free" New York Times Article

I'm a bit late to post this article, but in case you haven't seen it the New York Times Magazine had an article titled "Should We All Go Gluten-Free?" this past Sunday.

It took me a few days after seeing the article to find the time to read the entire piece, but after doing so I can say that the title is definitely a misnomer for the article's contents.  The article doesn't suggest that everybody would be better off on a gluten free diet; instead, it chronicles the explosion of gluten free products available for gluten free consumers.  The article primarily focuses on General Mills, the food conglomerate that creates Rice Chex, Bisquick, and the website

The article is interesting and perhaps worth the read if you are new to being gluten free.  While it has some interesting data about the increasing number of Celiacs in the United States, the most important takeaway for me from the article was that major food companies are committing to the gluten free diet.  It's important to see large food manufacturers take on these issues as Celiac Disease becomes a more common diagnosis. Hopefully General Mills' focus on gluten free products will complement small businesses who are committed to providing gluten free consumers with safe products.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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"Should We All Go Gluten-Free?"
By Keith O'Brien
New York Times 


Melissa said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly that the name online for this piece is a little strange. Stranger still, I actually read the piece first in the actual NY Times Magazine, and it was called, something completely different - "Beat the Wheat." Not sure why they changed the name, unless it just has more to do with the fact that the editor is the one who chooses it, rather than the author, and there are probably different editors for the magazine and the online source.

One of the big takeaways for me is that, unlike a lot of the online articles written by journalists, Keith O'Brien has celiac disease, so his piece is a lot more sympathetic to the idea of both small and large manufacturers creating gluten-free food items. It's frustrating to hear people who don't know what's it's like for people with celiac to imply that they're all just jumping on the bandwagon, much like those companies who made low carb products when atkins was big. Plus, I liked how he went over the history of how Dr. Alessio Fasano determined that celiac affected 1 in 133 Americans, not 1 in 10,000 as previously taught to med students. It was something I didn't know, so I appreciated it.

Anonymous said...

It's definitely becoming easier by the day to be allergy free. I cook mostly entirely from scratch, but it is nice to have short cut foods available.

My 3-year-old son had severe eczema until he was diagnosed with food allergies a few months back. I have a blog that shares our family’s battles with eczema, allergies, and asthma (yes, lucky guy has that too).

I think the key is to learn from one another, so the more information out there to the masses, the better. With this in mind I’ve started a blog hop for anyone dealing with allergies, eczema, or asthma, either for themselves or as a caregiver. If you’re interested in joining, please add a comment. I’d love to welcome you to the group.


Anonymous said...


Should We All Go Gluten-Free? Gluten-free packaged foods — in which wheat has been replaced by ..... *MM50 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: Beat the Wheat.*