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August 12, 2014

     There’s a great video making the internet rounds of late, produced by Jimmy Kimmel.  A reporter goes to the streets of Los Angeles, asking random people if they are gluten-free and if so, to define gluten.  Among the answers are:  (1) I don’t know, (2) gluten is a flour derivative, (3) it’s in bread and pastries, (4) it’s a grain, right?, and (5) it’s in wheat such as bread, pasta and rice.  Perhaps, the most telling is the answer given by a person who stopped eating gluten at the suggestion of her roommate who was “reading a book about it” and says, “it makes you fat!”, without any idea how to define gluten. The video clip is funny, yet seriously disturbing at the same time.  People are making decisions about health and nutrition lifestyle based on hearsay or the latest and greatest trend for weight loss, without having even the remotest idea about why or how.  Weight loss and “being thin” are equated with being healthy.  Diet and exercise regimens, often promoted by celebrities,...

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