Allow me to start off with a story.
One dark and uninspiring night, I was sitting at the kitchen bar of my favourite pizza joint. As usual, there was no room, and people were queuing for at least an hour to get in. A relatively well dressed, but slightly pretentious looking man and his Jersey Shore-esque date were seated beside me. Being crammed shoulder to shoulder, it was near impossible for me not to hear every detail of their conversation. Awkward pauses and silly innuendos aside it was a fairly normal date, that is, until the waitress came to take their order.
“Is the pizza gluten free?” asked the woman.
“Yes, we can make all our pizzas with gluten free crusts.” The waitress replied.
“Why do you want gluten free?” The man asked the woman.
“You know, it’s like, healthier and stuff” The woman answered without skipping a beat.
I sat for a while chewing the chewy gluten infused crust of my pizza and thought about the woman’s comments. Where did she get the idea it was “healthier”? Celiac disease isn’t like the flu where you can “catch” it, nor is it something that most people just wake up and choose to become.
If you’re not familiar with what gluten is, and why some people can’t have it, here is a quick primer.