Another day, another dismal and under-researched article on coeliac and gluten free, this time from Glamour Magazine. I’ll itemise some of my problems with it. Feel free to add your own.
1. Description of coeliac disease as ‘gluten aversion’. Food aversion is a psychological response to food. Coeliac disease is not psychological.
2. “There is no cure … except for a GFD”. The GFD is not a cure, but the way to manage the disease.
3. “Not everyone suffers from coeliac disease. Or is sensitive to it.” – Not everyone is sensitive to coeliac disease? What?
4. Recommendation of an IgG testing kit which cannot test for coeliac disease (and has been discredited as a method for testing food intolerance).
5. 1 in 100, not 1 in 300, have CD (and perhaps more, if the most recent, Australian study is to go by).
6. Spelt is not GF – how many more times?
7. No clear acknowledgement that oats are usually contaminated with wheat flour and hence not safely gluten-free / or advice to choose gluten-free oats.
8. Despite a quote from an expert stating that “There’s nothing magical about a gluten-free diet that’s going to help you lose weight”, the writer feels it appropriate to conclude, for no justifiable reason, “give it a crack and see if it works for you”. My reasons for not giving it a crack, written with Glamour’s target reader in mind, are here.
Edited to add: Julia Marriott, a dietitian with a special interest in food sensitivities, has blogged on the problems with the article’s food swaps here. (Saturday 21st September.)
Edited to add II: Pts 2, 4 and 6 have been corrected today (Sunday 22nd September). There has been no acknowledgment of their previous errors, as far as I can tell.
Edited to add III: Further improvements have been made, I noticed today (Tuesday 2nd October), including input from Sarah Sleet of Coeliac UK, and removal of description of coeliac as ‘aversion’.