Gluten free diet is no fad

A young journalist, Anthony Galloway, recently wrote an article “Paleo profits rise with loss of reality” in the “Townsville Bulletin” touching on the latest  paleo food trend.

A few published ‘texts to the editor’  by paleo supporters were enough for me to put pen to paper to express my opinions in a letter to the editor.  Surprising, my letter below was published!

Unlike “Wheatfree –txt the editor”, I commend Gallo’s Way for his comments “ Paleo profits rise with loss of reality” (Tville Bulletin 23 July 2014.

There is a real distinction between those who choose a gluten-free diet as a lifestyle choice and those for whom a mandatory gluten-free diet is a medical necessity. 

Sufferers of coeliac disease must eat gluten-free as a medical necessity and trendy paleo diets  undermine the seriousness of a gluten free diet for coeliac sufferers. For a paleo follower, it does not matter if the artisan gluten free bread they consume is sliced through the same slicer as wheat products, after all, the bread is gluten free. 

For the coeliac sufferer, this bread is contaminated and will cause an allergic reaction. 

A paleo follower has the luxury of straying  from the diet and having that glass of beer every so often.  A coeliac sufferer does not have any negotiable areas or the luxury of straying from their gluten free diet without serious consequences.

Complacency is also an issue with gluten free being paired with the trendy paleo diet. Will cafes and bakeries become complacent in the preparation of gluten free products?  

Will chefs and cooks think – oh well, gluten free is just a food trend so it doesn’t really matter if the benches are not washed down properly, or if there aren’t separate boards, toasters, grillers and knives?

Will coeliac sufferers be at increased risk of consuming contaminated products because of this complacency?

And your friend is spot on Gallo, why eat a gluten free donut if you didn’t have to or why drink gluten free beer if you didn’t have to!

So congrats to those supporters of the paleo diet, you have a free choice to follow this way of life.

And congrats to Gallo because we live in a democracy and have freedom of speech.