Well…2020 is off to a nice start. We have already seen a number of products on the market that are labeled gluten-free…yet contain gluten. The FDA is ignoring everyone’s tweets regarding the situation (blog post to come). And now we have Lisa Ensor, who decided to tell everyone on Facebook that European flour is safe for those with gluten issues.
Happy New Year!!! (sarcasm font)
Here’s her post:
Now in these situations…I always try to give the person the benefit of the doubt. So I sent her a private message. Here’s how the brief conversation went.
Me: Hi Lisa. I saw your post about the European bread being safe to eat. Do you have celiac disease? Is the European flour gluten free? Thanks.
Dude note: My intention here was to seem like I was interested…not pissed.
Lisa: I don’t have celiac but I have 3 friends who do and tried the European flour without any reaction. Both doctor confirmed celiac disease!
Dude note: Her friends are idiots. And is it 3 friends or 2?
Lisa: The European flour does have gluten but their food has higher standards and Americans don’t seem to react to their gluten.
Dude note: This may be the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard since my diagnosis. So it’s only AMERICAN flour that affects those with celiac disease. Riiiiiight.
Me: Thanks for the information. I appreciate it. Please understand that no reaction does not mean it’s safe. There is no safe gluten for those with celiac disease. I’m a big advocate and just want to make sure people do not get the wrong information.
So look…no big deal right? I mean who is Lisa Ensor anyway? She only has 147 followers so I’m sure it didn’t reach too many people.
Wait…what?? It was shared over 1,500 times. Yes…over 1,500 f***ing times.
And the comments? Here’s a sampling that will make you want to cry/scream/puke:
Wow!! Why didn’t i think of that??
Dude note: Cause it’s not true.
Following! Allergic to gluten and wheat.
Dude note: There’s no such thing as a gluten allergy.
I am in a FB group for intermittent fasting and shared this experience and several other people who are celiac in America didn’t have a reaction with European flour either!!!!
Dude note: For the zillionth time..and I’ll shout for those in the back…NO SYMPTOMS DOES NOT MEAN NO DAMAGE.
Lisa I’m the same!!!! Artisan flours and European pasta and breads don’t bother me a bit! In fact I lost 5 lbs on our Italian adventure.
Dude note: Maybe because your intestines were so inflamed, you weren’t getting any nutrients in your body.
You can eat the Russian and UK flour. I only tell you this because we have a kid at school who is gluten intolerant and he also has celiac disease. I made him cookies because he wanted some so bad. He had zero issues with it. In fact he begged for more before Christmas break. He was so excited to be able to eat it with no problems.
Dude note: You’ve…got…to…be…f***ing…kidding…me. You gave your child with celiac disease gluten and you will continue to do so? No words.
Our wheat here is too modified, sprayed and messed up!
Dude note: While I’m not disagreeing with this, celiac goes back thousands of years, though it wasn’t until the 1970’s that celiac disease was labeled an autoimmune disorder. Was it modified and “messed up” in the year 1398?
And on and on it went. There was not one person who said this is absolute bullshit and she was putting the celiac community in danger. So here are some facts for Lisa and for those who simply wanna believe they can consume European flour.
- Fact #1: Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley and rye (and a few other grains).
- Fact #2: Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people can’t eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine.
- Fact #3: European flour made from wheat is not gluten-free.
- Fact #4: See Fact #1. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Let me wrap this up with some final comments:
To Lisa: Your information is dangerous and now you’ve put 1000’s of people at risk. Do you really want that responsibility on your shoulders? Do the right thing and take your post down.
To Lisa’s followers who have celiac disease: Lisa is not qualified to say what is safe and not safe for you. Please be your own best advocate. I just don’t understand why you would listen to one person and then jump all over it. Read. Research. The right info is out there.
Is it 2021 yet???