There has been quite a stir in the gluten free community. Although the focus seems to be on Damian Cardone of Colorado, there have been many other less venomous attacks on those of us who ask for gluten free.
I just finished reading a great post in the Savvy Celiac and my friend Amy brings out some very good points. Click here.
I don’t understand why anyone would purposely make another sick. I certainly don’t understand the animosity toward those of us who have Celiac disease!
Correct me if I am wrong, but in Canada and the USA, restaurant owners can pretty much put anything they want on their menu – and omit what they don’t want to serve.
Why is it then, that there are people in the food industry who choose to include gluten free items, would then feel the need to contaminate the food?
There is a new group on Facebook called Gluten. The tag line says “We love gluten and hate people who can’t eat it” WTH!!!???
So this is another good reason to do everything we can to raise awareness and make people understand our disease. Perhaps, once they realize that this is not a lifesyle choice but a very real disease with nasty consiquences, they will stop hating us.
The other side of this story is that there are a huge number of wonderful restaurants out there that serve SAFE gluten free menu items.
I don’t want all of this hype about the ones to ruin things for the good ones. I also want us all to feel safe eating in restaurants.
One lady commented on Gluten Free Faces that she always asks to see the kitchen when she dines out. Not a bad idea! After all, if they don’t want to show you, what are they hiding? (You probably don’t want to eat there anyway)
I don’t dine out very often, but I can assure you that people like Mr. Cardone are not going to scare me away from my favourite haunts.
Here is your assignment (Should you choose to accept it):
Do at least one thing to help raise awareness about Celiac disease/gluten intolerance. Write a letter, post a blog, make a comment on facebook or twitter – you get the idea.