It’s not the healthy option

If you have a choice to be on a gluten free diet and you’re considering it because you think it’s healthier… think again. I have Coeliac Disease which has meant that my doctor “prescribed” a life-long gluten-free diet. I don’t have a choice. I have to stay away from foods containing wheat, rye, barely and oats. I’m not doing this because I’m a picky eater, because I want to lose weight or because it’s a trendy thing to do.

I’m doing this because I want to look after my body. I want to be able to someday have babies, do as much as I can to prevent myself from getting cancer and try and not get any other disease or illness. If I eat gluten it’s not as though it’s an intolerance, I get sick, recover and then continue my life as it was. I’m actually damaging my body.

from coliac.org.au

In people with coeliac disease the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats), causing small bowel damage. The tiny, finger-like projections which line the bowel (villi) become inflamed and flattened. This is referred to as villous atrophy. The surface area of the bowel available for nutrient absorption is markedly reduced which can lead to various gastrointestinal and malabsorptive symptoms.

A number of serious health consequences can result if the condition is not diagnosed and treated properly.

See people! Do you understand now?

I’m sorry to be on this rant. But I saw that someone had put a gluten-free flour converter onto their pinterest on a board that was titled “Health food” and it got me fuming. I then started to think…

Why does the super-market put the gluten-free options in the health-food section?

That to me is sending completely the wrong message. Isn’t it?

I mean to eat gluten-free food is benefiting the health of me and others like me but if I don’t believe it’s necessarily a healthy option then why is it in the health food aisle? I mean there are gluten-free chips, biscuits, bars covered in chocolate etc. Which means that they’re putting the not necessarily healthy option in the health-food aisle…

I believe that just doesn’t make any sense.  But then again a lot of these things before becoming more mainstream were in health food stores.

I just sometimes wish I wasn’t walking through the super-market so confused and like I said a thousand times before that more people have a better understanding of people who have these type of conditions. Or at least if they didn’t stop pretending that they knew what they were talking about.

Don’t make the same mistakes I have, Asian food just because most of their dishes are served with rice is most certainly not gluten free. Oh and by the way – don’t ask me if I have vegemite because I can’t eat it!

On a lighter note – a friend and I are going to a 100% Gluten Free Cafe tomorrow for lunch.

I’m excited because I get to order anything off the menu!

Signing off because I’m dead tired! Cheerio 🙂

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. L
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:49:31

    I’m not sure why you’d be upset about gluten-free food being put in the health food isle. It’s the healthy option for you, therefore it is “health food”. It’s no biggie. I understand that you might feel frustrated that people might assume you’re avoiding gluten because it’s trendy, but isn’t it a good thing that people are becoming more involved in gluten-free food? This drives the market (and therefore the range of readily available gluten-free products) up, so ultimately it’s actually beneficial for you.

    Anyway, just a thought! Don’t sweat the small stuff 😛

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    • quirkymelbournian
      Nov 21, 2012 @ 00:22:00

      I wasn’t so much upset for the super-markets putting gluten-free in the health food aisle, I was questioning why it was there… I did acknowledge that it was for the benefit of mine and other people’s health but I was also wondering why the not so healthy gluten-free foods were also there. Yes you are right more people are becoming aware of gluten free foods which is why a lot them are in the supermarkets in the first place. So on the one hand it’s good but on the other hand a lot of people are oblivious to what it means to be a coeliac or to have intollerances etc.
      I had no clue until I became a coeliac myself – as I mentioned with the asian food.

      Anyway thanks for the comment! 🙂

      Reply

  2. quirkymelbournian
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 10:33:46

    Don’t think I was in the best of moods when I wrote this… ah well. 😛

    Reply

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