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Gluten Free Fad Diet Dieters - GET REAL!
Losing our Sanity in Australian/Worldwide Society
Gluten free fad diets are beginning to take over the sanity of our society. People adopt 'gluten free "fad"' diets for a variety of reasons, some of which cannot be explained. However many instances include wanting to be popular, seeking attention, becoming obsessed with food, etc. Rarely does one on a gluten free "fad" diet take avoiding gluten seriously. They usually try to convince society that 'small amounts' are fine but larger amounts are a problem. Society is getting a very distorted view on the severity of Coeliac Disease and its long term complications.
Had all of those 'gluten free "fad"' dieters made sure chefs understood the real true meaning of 'gluten free' (from the beginning) and asked them to prevent contamination, I think life would be so much easier for us now. There would be a great selection of gluten free options that ARE gluten free (no ifs, buts or any of this c**p) and we would have large varieties of items to choose from. But no, that's not the case. It's getting so hard now that even the Coeliac Society of Australia has given into recommending these "pizza" places (that claim 'gluten free'/'gluten friendly' and then add a disclaimer) after telling us we should avoid traces of gluten.
Their response: "When you drive a car, you risk dying in a fatal car accident. The primary purpose of the Coeliac Society is to help promote an enjoyable lifestyle for its members. With that, of course, comes some risk."
THIS IS A TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE STATEMENT FOR THE EDUCATION OF ONE ON A GLUTEN FREE DIET!
What's worse, Graham Price (Technical Officer at the Coeliac Society of Australia (CSoA)) after *ALL* these years is now giving himself some relief by simply ordering some Domino's pizzas for the Society's Kids' parties. Sigh, if you must.
Another matter of concern. Rumor has it that it is only our reliable ACCC that is preventing the Coeliac Society from going even further backwards. The CSoA intends to allow foods with small traces of gluten to be labelled "GLUTEN FREE".
All I can say is if you're on a gluten free 'FAD' diet, and letting people know about the fact that you are supposedly 'gluten free', at least HAVE THE COURTESY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE REALISE THE SERIOUS RISK OF CROSS-CONTAMINATION AND BE PREPARED TO MISS OUT OR GET OFF THE GLUTEN FREE DIET NOW!
How 'gluten free' are YOU? Find out for yourself.
Missing out when on a strict gluten free diet is a fact of life, and people better get that idea into their heads before they dive in and wreck the lives of those around them as well as themselves because THEY are the ones who highly contribute to misunderstandings in today's society. It sickens, but does not surprise, me that this is the case! On the other hand, they could do us a lot of good and either strictly avoid gluten or not avoid it at all!
Remember, a food item cannot be labelled 'gluten free' if it is not gluten free. It is illegal.
16 Claims in relation to gluten content of food
-----(2) A claim to the effect that a food is gluten free must not be made in relation to a food unless the food contains –
----------(a) no detectable gluten; and
----------(b) no –
---------------(i) oats or their products; or
---------------(ii) cereals containing gluten that have been malted, or their products.
From here – www.foodstandards.gov.au/_srcfiles/ACF2A90.pdf Page 15 of the PDF file. From Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.