This is going to be a quick post. I’ve got about 20 hours of work to do and 7 hours to do it. So let’s get right to it.
A few days ago, it was announced that the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, Spain is working on a genetically modified bread that “may” be safe for those with celiac disease. Here are some tidbits from the article.
Tidbit: They are using a genetic modification technique to remove 90 per cent of the gliadins in wheat.
Tidbit: Because the new strains still contain some kinds of gluten, the wheat can still be used to bake bread.
Tidbit: This is a direct quote from one Jan Chojecki – “It’s regarded as being pretty good, certainly better than anything on the gluten-free shelves.”
Tidbit: “Some people will be very happy with this,” says Sarah Sleet, head of patients’ group Coeliac UK, not least because sticking to a gluten-free diet is difficult.
I’m just going to bullet-point my thoughts here.
- I’m extremely pro-science. I believe the earth is round. I believe dinosaurs existed. I believe in evolution. I believe climate change is real and we need to act NOW so the generations that follow can live a good life. My point? This is not a “keep science out of my life” kind of thing.
- I’m not judging anyone here. This is an open forum and I totally get that a lot of my fellow celiacs would love this. Respect.
- My body tells me I should not eat gluten and if I do, it will attack itself. I’m not eating gluten. To me…it’s really that simple.
- I don’t need to eat gluten so I can feel normal. Gluten-free is normal to me.
- Hey Jan Chojecki, don’t be so arrogant. All gluten-free bread does not suck. And there are many talented people out there working their asses off to make a gluten-FREE bread that is safe, delicious and not filled with crap.
- And hey Sara Sleet, don’t tell people with celiac disease that sticking to a gluten-free diet is difficult. Because it’s really not. Yeah…it’s got its challenges, but c’mon.
- We have multiple pharma companies working on a drug so we can eat gluten again. We have people genetically modifying wheat so we can eat gluten again. While they may be trying to simply help the community, the cynic in me says these people see dollar signs as well. Good thing I’m totally not a cynic.
Ok…I now have 6.5 hours to do 20 hours of work so I’m outta here. Would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. Do you like the idea? Hate it? Are you curious? Would you eat it?