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Gluten Free Hate: Easy Money for British Newspapers

(just in case you’d forgotten the worst clickbait-master of them all…) Have you seen today’s gluten free clickbait? This ‘gluten free hate’ article in the Guardian has triggered a mixed (mostly bad?) reaction in the coeliac community today. I am accustomed to seeing stuff of this ilk from the Daily Mail and The Spectator, but have to confess I was disappointed to see it in The Guardian. The article follows the classic internet tradition of riling people up to get clicks. Clicks = advertising money, and gluten free dieters are an easy target. You might think as a coeliac, that I would be on the side of the author. Sure, I do an inward eyeroll* when someone tells me that they are ‘going gluten free’ because ‘it’s healthier’ or because they think it will help them lose weight. Or when someone says they are gluten intolerant, but eats gluten when it suits them. As I’ve written about before, there are problems with the way that ‘gluten free’ has become less of a strict medical term, and more of a ‘healthy’ buzzword. It is …

Starbucks: ‘What’s gluten?’

Today I had one of those rage-inducing encounters that I’m sure most coeliacs and gluten-free dieters experience once in a while. This exchange took place in a Starbucks in London. Me: Hi, do you know if any of the hot chocolates are gluten-free? Starbucks Lady: Gluten…free? Me: Erm, Gluten is found in wheat, barley, oats and rye; it might be present in some of the powders and syrups- perhaps you have an allergy checklist I could take a look at? Starbucks Lady: Ahhh I don’t think they are gluten-free. They all have milk in them. Me: I asked about gluten, not milk? Starbucks Lady: Maybe you have the coffee with soy milk. Me: I don’t need soy milk, I just need to know about gluten. Starbucks Lady: The gluten is in the milk. Me: [losing patience] Gluten and dairy are different things – could I just take a look at the ingredients? Starbucks Lady: Maybe you can have the americano. Me: I just want to know about the hot chocolates. Starbucks Lady: But they all have …