I’m in a pretty pissy mood this morning. Not only do I have the celiac cranks (fighting thru exhaustion and feeling “off”), but it was just announced that many probiotics that say “gluten-free” on the label actually…aren’t.
And just in time for Celiac Awareness Month, which has been kidnapped and held for ransom by the food companies and even some celiacs using it for profit.
Reminder: It’s CELIAC Awareness Month. Not GLUTEN-FREE Awareness month.
So I may spew a curse word or two in today’s post. Well…since this is a family site, how about I use a replacement word. Let me look around my office.
Printer? Nah…too many syllables.
Lamp? Nah…too bright.
Clock? Hmmm…one syllable. Ends in ck. Clock it is.
So back to the probiotics disaster. There was a study done by Peter Green and his team at Columbia University that showed gluten in probiotics labeled gluten-free. I’m going to take direct quotes from the NY Times article about it and provide some enlightened feedback along the way.
Dude note: I’m a big fan of probiotics so this seriously concerns me. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that nearly a quarter of celiacs use them, so it should concern many of us.
Dude note: What the clock??
Dude note: Just one more thing to add to our list.
Dude note: And why is it unregulated? I’ll give you one gue$$. It seems the lobbyists bought off congress and passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which basically stripped the FDA of being able to regulate these products.
Profit over people. Every clockin’ time.
Dude note: Doesn’t sound very “high-quality” to me.
Dude note: Seriously…clock you.
Dude note: Why the clock are these companies using ANY wheat or barley? And if they are, why the clock would they EVER label them gluten-free? A cynic would say because gluten-free has become a fad and by labeling it gluten-free, they will increase sales, putting people’s health at risk.
Good thing I’m not a cynic.
Dude note: Why indeed.
Sadly, the study did not release the names of the products they tested. Dr. Green said “We don’t know exactly how widespread this is and whether the levels vary from batch to batch.”
I get it…kind of. But do they really think they may have just gotten some bad samples or a rare batch that happened to contain gluten? Make an example of these mother-clockers and call em out.
Why does it always seem the corporations get more protection that the people? What’s that? Corporations ARE people?
We live in a clocked-up world.
Don’t you agree John Oliver? (This is a must-see “take-down” of Dr. Oz and the dietary supplement industry.)