Without sounding too much like somebody’s Great Uncle….
When I was a lad, practically nobody had food allergens.
Sure, you’d have the one diabetic kid at school who was allowed jelly and ice cream every single day (“god, it’s so unfair”….) but apart from that, nobody had any issues.
Fast forward 30 years and all of a sudden everyone is on the verge of anaphylactic shock if they so much as look at a slice of bread.
What the hell happened?!
It seems that everyone and their bloody dog is “allergic” to something these days. You’ll notice I used quotation marks on the word allergic, and for good reason.
I don’t believe about 95% of the people who claim to be allergic to gluten.
There, I’ve said it.
I used to be a Chef. During this period of my life I witnessed first-hand the gradual rise in fake allergens. What used to be a simple act of a Server bringing a check into the Kitchen and hurrying out in case they got shouted at for simply doing their job, (“more checks?! I’m not here to cook you know!”) turned into the Server nervously hanging around the Pass to explain that the Customer has an allergy of sorts. This rose from once a night-ish to approximately 10 times and upwards a night in what seemed like a dramatically short period of time.
What really got my attention to the fact that it’s mostly fake is this exchange that would happen between myself and the Server, probably nine times out ten-
Server- “Chef this Customer says they are allergic to Gluten.”
Me- “But they’ve ordered Tagliatelle! Do they know it contains Gluten?”
Server- “I’ll go and check.”
2 minutes later….
Server- “They said it’s fine as long as they don’t have too much”
To which I would respond by refusing to cook the order at all until they a) chose something else without gluten, or b) admitted that they weren’t allergic to it in the first place and apologised for being an annoying, fad-following, hipster-wannabe, special little cupcake who demands attention by trying to be quirky, different and needy.
(Oh what a joy I was to work with!)
People with Coeliac disease can’t eat Gluten.
People with Gluten allergies can’t eat Gluten.
People who can eat “a little bit” or “not too much” are neither of these things. They CHOOSE not to eat Gluten.
They are people who, for one reason or another, just want to be different or difficult and who insist on being given special treatment like the entitled little brats that they are. If you don’t want to eat Gluten then please say so; don’t lie and say you’re Gluten intolerant or allergic to Gluten.
I blame the ridiculous amount of fad-ish diets that were all the rage in the late nineties and early 2000’s, and, the self-centred, entitled generation that are the children of the followers of such idiotic trends as the Atkins diet.
So, in summing up.
Tell the truth.
Nobody cares if you don’t want to eat Gluten, but they do care if you lie about the reason.
Being Coeliac must be a nightmare, and people claiming to have issues are watering down the reality of sufferers.
You’re not allergic to Gluten.
You’re not special.
You’re just an entitled, self important knobhead.
You’re just like the other 95% of the population.
Get over it.