Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ewww, gluten

…Jennifer Romolini, writing in the NYT, talks about the exotic quest gluten-allergic people have to find foods that don’t wreak havoc on their innards.

…Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It keeps bread and cake from crumbling.

…But gluten can also cause life-long digestic problems for people with Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting one in every 100 Americans.

…Apparently, a restaurant in Greenwich Village started offering a gluten-free pizza and was swamped with business. Visitors come straight from the airport and stack up their suitcases so they can eat.

…Outback Steakhouse and P.F. Chang’s also offer gluten-free items. You can find a listing at http://www.glutenfreerestaurants.org/.

...There ere also are gluten-free blogs, such as http://glutenguide.blogspot.com/.

…Gluten is sneaky. It’s not just in bread, but also soy sauce, brewer’s yeast, bourbon, vinegars, salard dressings, processed cheeses, and some spices.

…Eating out can be a pain for those who are allergic to gluten or suffer from Celiac’s. In some restaurants, the only safe food is a Coke.

…One waiter in a gluten-free place said his customers were super picky! “It was stressful,” he moans.

…The customers in these places also let down their hair and talk between tables about their symptoms and other places to get safe food.

…Non-celiacs can feel a little left out, what with their irritating ability to eat a dinner roll.

…For more info and tons of foods (along with the book in the pix), go to http://www.glutenfree.com/.


Karina said...

Hi- Just stopped by to warn you about this site:
who is ripping off blogs. He posted this entry of yours as his. Sorry for the comment- but I didn't see an e-mail option. Karina

Star Lawrence said...

Could not find this--but thanks. Isn't there an email on my profile...let me check. I found your comment by accident--going back to gluten as a subject.

Star Lawrence said...

By the way--plenty of people rip me off...Write your own snark, you bums! I did not have my email on my profile. Thanks for that!