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Stirring the Pot?

First and foremost, I am sorry for disappearing towards the end of last week again.  It seems like I take one step forward & 2 steps back with this darn sinus infection.  Another doctor’s visit and a medication change, I believe that I may be on the right path. I hesitate to say that I am getting better because each time I have said that, I end up getting worse the next day.  Needless to say, I have all of my fingers crossed. 

Over the past few days I have been laying low and catching up on my DVR.  Aaron and I watch Parenthood together (it is “our” show – meaning we don’t watch without each other) and were several episodes behind, so spent some time catching up.  We finally watched the episode with the birthday party for Max where Kristina is running around preparing for the party.  During this time she mentions, more than once, gluten-free food and cupcakes.  A mom calls to make sure the food is gluten-free.  Then, later you see another regular character, Sarah, eating one of the cupcakes & saying that something doesn’t taste right.  Once Kristina mentions that they are gluten-free, she changes her tune and says they taste great, but has an odd look on her face.  Those aren’t the exact lines, but you get the picture. 

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I couldn’t help but feel a little funny about that scene.  Maybe I took offense because I am always trying to convince skeptics that gluten-free food really can taste good.  I don’t know.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that more & more Prime Time TV shows are putting in bits & pieces of gluten-free products and/or storylines.  I just hate to see any more skepticism added to an already highly-criticized way of life.  I love that when I say “gluten-free” it is rare that someone looks at me like I have 2 heads; though they may not know what exactly the diet entails, they have heard of it, which is more than I can say for when I first started the diet in 2006.  Just call me an optimist, but I always try to put a positive spin on things.  Jon and I, along with many others, don’t follow this diet because it is the “in” thing to do, we follow it because we can’t eat gluten for one reason or another. 

What do you think?  Are you of the mind that any press is good press?  Or, does stuff like this get your knickers in a bunch? 

I also read on Vanessa’s blog today that ABC’s Brothers & Sisters had a gluten-free moment as well! 

6 comments to Stirring the Pot?

  • Lacee

    Mike and Molly, on CBS, has a bakery that they frequent and hanging on the back wall is a sign that says "Gluten Free Bread Now Available". It's right behind the cash register. I found it amusing that a fictional bakery would have a sign offering Gluten Free bread!

  • Kim

    Lacee – Interesting! I haven't seen that show yet. I love that they have that there!


  • I like and I dislike Parenthood for many reasons, but I didn't catch that particular show. (I like The Good Wife better, so I was probably watching that.) I would not have been happy with that portrayal of gluten free food, but I think it's a mainstream perception. And, honestly with many gluten-free products, I don't think it's far off. A lot of gluten-free folks are still eating some not so good tasting food. Of course, this is a story line so it must have been based on a writer's perception. Unfortunate. Didn't catch the other two show references, but haven't caught those shows recently.


  • sharont

    I didn't mind the "these don't taste right" comment..and I thought it was handled OK..when I ate sugar free candy the first time, it "didn't taste right" either..I suppose "these taste different" could have been a better comment(sure took me a while to adjust my pallet to GF!)..I thought it was interesting that NOT ONE PARENT of kids that needed special diets offered to bring anything or help with the party and just assumed she could get it all correct..I applaud them for including this scene and the show where grandpa took their autistic son camping and maybe, just maybe, a few people got a look into our lives and might think "they're not so wacky to worry so much". I really enjoy this show as well as "harry's law" for getting people to look at things a little differently.

  • I agree with Sharont, these taste different would have gone over better. I am gluten intolerant, but my daughter isn't, and she can always tell when its gluten free (aside from me not eating it) but she does like some of the products. She hates when I make things and use Goat milk butter, which I of course love, she won't touch it if she detects the smallest hint of it. But, I used to hate goat cheese, now I can't live without it, love, love, love it all – because I'm dairy intolerant as well! Oh well, maybe when she grows up she'll learn to love it too :) I think the press is good, but they could word it differently.

  • Sharon

    I saw this episode and totally understood where the writers were coming from. I still remember the first time that I ate a gluten free baked item and it didn't taste like what I was used to. This was four years ago and of course I don't feel that way anymore. But to a person who is used to tasting things with wheat flour, when you eat something gluten free, you can tell that it is different. My son (who doesn't have to eat gluten free) can immediately tell the difference between gluten free and not gluten free. And he loves gluten free stuff and says that he is "gluten free by choice"!

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