It’s time to raise the age-old question…just because we CAN eat something, does it mean we SHOULD?
If you have not heard by now, Dunkin’ Donuts is coming out with a gluten-free line of products.
This has gotten so much press that Jimmy Fallon even mentioned it in his monologue last week:
I heard that Dunkin’ Donuts is testing a new line of gluten-free pastries. So if you’re looking to eat healthy…still no.
Look…I’m a skeptical guy by nature. And I’m also pretty sarcastic.
Put those two things together and…well…you get somebody who is full of skeptic sarcasm.
I don’t hide the fact that I think all celiacs need to focus not only on gluten free, but on healthy and natural. That is how our bodies will heal.
Kudos to Dunkin’ Donuts for adding a disclaimer to their new gluten-free muffins (see above picture).
Many people are actually quite excited that Dunkin’ Donuts MAY be offering gluten-free options. I say “may” because currently they are only testing it in a few markets in Florida and Massachusetts.
How has the response been thus far?
A Facebook group called Gluten-Free South Florida had members who tried the new treats and called the gluten-free donuts “dangerously delicious.”
I actually like that better as a store name than Dunkin’ Donuts. They could still keep their same DD logo.
I posted the following question on my Facebook page last week regarding the new DD gluten-free muffins: What do you think folks? Would you give it a shot? Would you trust it?
And boy…did I get a nice response. Here’s a sampling.
I like that they are individually wrapped, that makes me feel a little more confident.
Dude note: I agree.
Don’t you dare.
I’d be worried about their processing equipment. Who am I kidding, I’d probably go for it, maybe just once.
I would try it. Just because we’re gluten free doesn’t mean we can’t indulge every once in a while like everyone else.
Dunkin’ Donuts has never been on my ‘places to shop’ list, so probably not.
I’ll be your guinea pig! Send the muffins!
Gluten free? I would eat the whole display.
I went Paleo and eliminated grains all together. I feel better and don’t miss a thing.
This is crap food; it just happens to be GF (maybe).
What’s the risk of cross contamination on processing, packaging, etc?
Dude note: It seems DD is doing it right when it comes to cross contamination. Good for them.
I’m so sick of people assuming GF is “healthy” for everyone. These prepackaged things aren’t even “good for” celiacs- they’re just “undeadly”. What a great way for the company to give a reality check to the fad dieters out there :-)
Of course I would try them. Everything in moderation.
It’s still full of carbs and refined sugar. No nutritional value. Would not eat.
I’m not sure what it’s full of so I’d have to seriously look at the label.
Dude note: I tried to find the ingredients list, but could not. Something tells me it doesn’t fall within the “less than five ingredients” healthy rule book.
You bet! It’s got the “correct” seal of approval on it.
I would love to feel “normal” and be able to grab something on the run.
Dude note: I totally get this.
For those of us with kids who are GF, what we wouldn’t give to allow them a “treat” that is similar to what their friends are eating?
I would have to be desperate. It looks like cheap ingredients and I am guessing I would not know how to pronounce any of them.
As far as I’m concerned, crap is crap, gluten free or not. Nobody should be eating this stuff, least of all people with celiac disease and other gut issues.
So…as you can see, the opinions fall all over the spectrum.
You have those who just want to feel normal again (which I get) and those that wouldn’t put something like this in their bodies (which I get).
My gut feeling (pun intended) is that people with gluten issues shouldn’t be eating this kind of food anyway. As the last quote says, crap is crap, whether it’s gluten free or not.
And while I do applaud Dunkin’ Donuts for, from what I can tell, trying to do it right (from a cross-contamination viewpoint), I’d like to see them set an example and try to do it “healthy” too.
How about they come out with a line of gluten-free products that use all-natural ingredients and are low in fat and sugar?
For many celiacs, simply gluten-free is not enough.
What do you think??