It's great to see more media coverage of the FODMAP diet - especially on sites like Buzzfeed. The safe and non-safe food lists don't entirely track with the latest updates from Monash University's Low FODMAP Diet app, but, it's still a good introduction, and anything with a cute cat clip is going to win points from me. There are also some good recipe suggestions. Check it out here: Low-FODMAP diet on Buzzfeed.
A few weeks ago, Jimmy Kimmel did a sketch where he filmed people who said they were on a gluten free diet, and then asked them what gluten was. Predictably, the people selected in the video didn’t know what gluten was.
This is just one example amongst many of the backlash in the mainstream media against people, who for whatever reason, choose to try or maintain a gluten free diet.
This is a really good article from Gluten Dude on why the Jimmy Kimmel Video Matters - in particular, for people with Coeliac disease, a totally gluten free diet is essential for their ongoing health.
So, why all the fuss about gluten, what is it anyway, and who may need to avoid it?
Some people are sceptical of allergies or food intolerances, but people aren't just making things up, being trendy, or attention-seekers, or just being fussy eaters. These conditions are all too real, and can have serious and in some cases devastating impacts on people suffering from them.
The symptoms of food intolerances can be similar to the symptoms of food allergies. I have a food intolerance called fructose malabsorption, and I can get very sick and experience strong symptoms such as gastro-like symptoms (bloating, fatigue, diarrhoea, cramps, severe abdominal pain and, on some occasions, vomiting) , however one of the scariest experiences of my life was being a small child and seeing a relative collapse and have difficulty breathing due to an allergic reaction to some medication she had been taking. With both food intolerances and allergies being on the rise, it’s worth knowing the symptoms of these conditions.
I love to travel, but have fructose malabsorption, which can make travelling, or even eating out, literally a pain. I'll be collecting tips & information for travellers with food intolerances, as well as posting reviews and recipes.