I’m not gonna rant about this one. (Dude note: If you can’t see the picture above, click here.)
I really try to balance the pulse of this blog so I don’t come across as a complainer; though lord knows there’s enough to kvetch about (yes…I said kvetch, though I have no idea if I spelled it right.)
Why just the other day on Twitter, somebody called me, and I quote, “a whiny little girl”. I was hurt beyond words. I hate being called little.
While erroneously calling Wheat Chex gluten-free make get a guffaw out of some people, I just can’t laugh about these types of mistakes.
Why? Because gluten free is our medicine and getting it wrong just isn’t funny.
Repeat after me: Gluten Free is Our Medicine.
It’s how we thrive. It’s how we survive.
To me, this is akin to a doctor prescribing a medicine to a sick patient that instead of healing the patient, actually makes him sicker.
Everybody…and I mean everybody…who promotes gluten-free has a responsibility to understand what gluten-free truly means.
And if you don’t get it…if you can’t do it right…whether you’re a grocery store, a restaurant, a food manufacturer, whatever…then you don’t have the right to promote it.
I walked into a local Italian restaurant last week that not only has a huge “Gluten-Free” sign on their front window but also has gotten praises from some in the gfree community. I asked the cashier about cross-contamination. Got a blank look. So the manager comes over and I asked him the same question. He had to ask the head chef. So the chef comes out to talk to me and instead of answering my questions, all he kept saying is that they can make any meal gluten-free.
And then he says, no joke, “We can even make Chicken Parmesan. We just won’t add the cheese.”
Seriously…this is a head chef in a restaurant that proudly advertises gluten-free food and he thinks CHEESE is the problem?? They had NO IDEA what they are doing yet they were still promoting it.
It’s irresponsible. And worse…it’s dangerous.
Blame it on the fad. Blame it on the trend.
And until it’s taken more seriously, our community will continue to suffer.
And I just don’t think that’s funny.