Jimmy Kimmel - What is Gluten? It seems most paleo dieters don't know...

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    May 14, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    I hadn't seen this posted yet so I thought I'd share it.

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    May 14, 2014 2:56 AM GMT
    I know I have gluten sensitivity. I haven't been given a medical diagnosis, but it is, of course, an affliction of better classes of people and so I just figure that I must surely suffer from this disorder.
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    May 14, 2014 3:05 AM GMT
    silver_bullet saidIts staged, go around asking people and then just show the ones who don't know or maybe their mind goes blank when ambushed by a TV interrogation squad.

    I don't pay attention to gluten. Just try to eat unrefined stuff 80% of the time - fresh fuit and veges etc.


    Exactly!
    I'm personally at 70% paleo
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    May 14, 2014 3:24 AM GMT
    silver_bullet saidIts staged, go around asking people and then just show the ones who don't know or maybe their mind goes blank when ambushed by a TV interrogation squad.


    Do you know this as a fact? Are you on the production crew?
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    May 14, 2014 3:55 AM GMT
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    silver_bullet saidIts staged, go around asking people and then just show the ones who don't know or maybe their mind goes blank when ambushed by a TV interrogation squad.


    Do you know this as a fact? Are you on the production crew?


    Regardless of whether it's true or not, the fact that people are avoiding something that they couldn't identify if it knocked them upside the head is pretty shocking. They weren't curious enough to learn about it, but they're willing to dish out tons of money for 'gluten free' foods.

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    May 14, 2014 4:02 AM GMT
    I had to laugh when I saw the box of Ore Ida potato buds had Gluten Free! on it.

    Why doesn't bottled water have Gluten Free! on it? All the fruit and vegetables in the produce section should have Gluten Free! stickers on them. Starbucks should advertise that their coffee is Gluten Free.
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    May 14, 2014 4:03 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidI know I have gluten sensitivity. I haven't been given a medical diagnosis, but it is, of course, an affliction of better classes of people and so I just figure that I must surely suffer from this disorder.

    Hmph. That must explain why I can eat bread and pasta with impunity; it's my knuckle dragging ancestors.
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    May 14, 2014 4:29 AM GMT
    I remember the first time I heard about gluten was from a co-worker of mine, strict vegetarian. She made some comment about it so I asked, What is gluten? Her answer was far better than these folks, "It's the gluey stuff inside ground wheat flour that makes bread chewy." icon_idea.gif
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    May 14, 2014 6:07 AM GMT
    It's funny how we get whipped into a frenzy over the latest food fads.

    A year or so ago a coworker told me about how coconut oil prevents Alzheimer's disease, so I bought some and started adding it to my daily bowl of bran mush. Then I saw a newsletter from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and they debunked that one entirely. The belief in its "curative" powers was based on a book by a doctor who "cured" her husband's Alzheimer's by adding it to his cereal. So a sample point of 1. The newsletter listed all of the fallacies in her claims and theories. But all was not lost; coconut oil makes a great slippery lube for jacking off.

    Another one is the thing about a low salt diet being better for us. According to what I read something like less than 5% of the population is salt sensitive. The rest of us can go back to eating it with impunity like we were before that study came out. Somehow the media picked it up and extrapolated that if a few are sensitive to salt then the rest of us should lower our salt intake as well. But it's crucial for our health. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_of_the_human_body )

    Not too long ago starch (regardless of whether it was complex or simple) was the evil nemesis for people trying to lose weight. We seem to still be suffering some from the effects of that hysteria, and the gluten free hysteria plays well with that one.
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    May 14, 2014 6:12 AM GMT
    Rest assured that after the Paleo Diet craze dies out some other crackpot and entirely unscientific diet will come along after it.
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    May 14, 2014 12:38 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidRegardless of whether it's true or not, the fact that people are avoiding something that they couldn't identify if it knocked them upside the head is pretty shocking. They weren't curious enough to learn about it, but they're willing to dish out tons of money for 'gluten free' foods.

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    Exactly. And I bet that you would have a similar result if you did the same test yourself, with exceptions for the handful of people who actively researched what gluten is, and those who would know somehow because of their profession. Heard mentality.
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    May 14, 2014 2:50 PM GMT
    Yes, TV programming is ratings driven. However, this is the accusation that you made...
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    Its staged, go around asking people and then just show the ones who don't know or maybe their mind goes blank when ambushed by a TV interrogation squad.

    ...Which is speculation, not fact. You can make that claim about anything you see on TV, but that doesn't make it true. These people weren't ambushed. The camera is on a tripod, in the same position for every shot. The crew likely found some people and asked if they wanted to answer some questions. If they declined, they asked someone else (and because this isn't news coverage, they might have needed a waiver to be signed to use their responses legally). It would be very different if the crew was running around shoving the mic in people's faces.

    As for the selection of answers, yes there could have been people who had the correct answer and they chose not to include them to support the show's argument. But again, assuming that happened only because it's a possibility is not enough proof to say it's true. What is true, is that there were four people, each who agreed to be on camera, and some who spoke very highly about their commitment to a gluten-free diet, who could not explain what gluten is. The extent of their knowledge was mostly "it makes you fat".
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    May 14, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidRest assured that after the Paleo Diet craze dies out some other crackpot and entirely unscientific diet will come along after it.


    I would hardly call Paleo unscientific. Granted, I have modified paleo to my own standards for some reasons.
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    May 14, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    Not a big deal imo.

    e.g. I wouldn't expect people to know what a trans fat actually IS -unless they had previously taken a human bio/ochem course-, yet I'd still encourage then never to ingest those fats.

    Can't know everything; choose your battles etc.
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    May 15, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    Sweetooth saidI would hardly call Paleo unscientific.

    The Paleo diet is scientific. Yeah, right. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 15, 2014 7:59 PM GMT
    silver_bullet saidYou are missing the point, this fluffy entertainment piece indicates only that TV programming is ratings driven.

    That's absolutely true, but some things are so patently stupid that it's too easy to have fun with them.