Happy Friday everyone! Turns out yesterday I was wrong about my weekend plans, I’m not going to Calaway Park until Saturday. So suddenly I have a Friday all freed up. That never seems to happen. Although I don’t work Fridays, I always have something on the go.
Since it’s Friday, it also means it’s time for my FYI Friday post.
Gluten has been a hot nutrition topic for well over a year now. It seems every second person you talk to is on a gluten-free diet for one reason or another. Recently, I saw this clip from Jimmy Kimmel:
I’ll describe the clip in case you aren’t able to watch it because you are at work. Basically, the clip is asking people on the street who eat a gluten-free diet what gluten is. And although all of them proudly exclaim that they eat gluten-free not a single person can describe what gluten is. Here is a list of their responses:
“This is pretty sad because I don’t know”
“Gluten is like…it’s like a grain, right?”
“It’s the wheat and products such as like bread, pastas, rice”
“It is part of the wheat that….I really don’t know”
I laughed so hard at this clip because it describes everything that’s wrong with nutrition. Everyone thinks they’re an expert yet nobody has a clue!
It astounds me that so many people will blindly follow a diet or cut something out of their diet without having a clue what it is. The bandwagon effect is strong when it comes to the newest diet craze.
I want you to take a moment to think about your current diet. Are you cutting something out of your diet right now? Do you know why? Like do you really know why. If the answer is no or “my friend from Russia is reading a book on it”, it’s time to start doing some research from reputable sources!
Nutrition research is incredibly confusing and it’s changing all the time. If you get caught up in the lingo or are finding conflicting information your best bet is to turn to a professional, a Registered Dietitian.
Bottom line: Think critically for yourself and evaluate the reasoning and science behind any diet craze before hopping on board.
So what are my thoughts on gluten? I’m not going to go into a lengthy discussion on the research but suffice to say, I eat gluten every day of my life and I feel great! (please note, that I do not have any medical condition that would prevent me from eating gluten).
Also, FYI Gluten is a type of protein found in many grains such as wheat, rye, barley & triticale.
Did you know what gluten was? What’s the craziest diet bandwagon you jumped on?