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About 6 years ago I found out that my neighbor has Celiac disease (which if you don't know is the inability to digest the proteins in wheat, rye and barley ~ it's very painful) and had to give up bread, pasta and anything else with the aforementioned ingredients. It's a real drag to those of us that really could live by bread alone ~ I'm one of those.
Sourdough ~ one of my favorites
A few years ago I overheard an ad on the radio of a local restaurant (Italian) offering "traditional Italian dishes" without gluten. Apparently the owner has Celiac's and met lots of other people with the same issue and decided that those with the disease deserve to have a nice meal out once in awhile. Good idea. My neighbor was so thrilled.
Mmmm, cinnamon rolls
In the manner of most things of this nature, now everyone is jumping the bandwagon of a gluten free diet. I opened a package of deli ham this morning, and sure enough "Gluten Free!" is written in bold letters on the front. As are lots of other foods, like rice. I suppose if you don't have celiac's, but you want to eat gluten free, then our food manufacturers figure we're stupid enough that we need a label on it too.
Now, I don't have a problem with whatever floats your boat, diet wise. But people without the disease are saying crap like "I have so much more energy! I feel so much better! ~ It's so much healthier!" Bullshit. I suppose if you eat nothing but bread and cheese you would feel better if you cut back a little on the carb's. But, the truth is, if you don't have celiac's disease, you don't need to eat a gluten free diet.
It just bugs.