Nuts Among The Berries

Nuts Among The Berries

Looking back, it was probably inevitable. Scouting the history of American food fads  for Grain of Truth to put the current gluten-free epidemic into perspective, I came across Nuts Among The Berries  by Ronald M. Deutsch, self-published in 1977. Its subtitle captures the spirit of the book: "How Nutrition Nonsense Captured America"...

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Whole Grains Honored By Harvard

Whole Grains Honored By Harvard

Some of you, reading these blogs and my forthcoming book, Grain of Truth,  out in May from an imprint of Penguin/Randomhouse, may mistake me for a gluten apologist—someone who refuses to acknowledge the  alleged harmful effects of wheat on our mind and body. Not so. I thrive on a diet of skepticism...

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Good Carb, Bad Carb: Why Gluten-Rich Durum Wheat Pasta is Healthy

Good Carb, Bad Carb: Why Gluten-Rich  Durum Wheat Pasta is Healthy

Real pasta we all know is made from 100 % durum, the hardest, densest wheat with the most gluten strength. If gluten is the culprit protein in wheat that causes a severe autoimmune reaction in about one percent of the population with celiac disease, so bad for us that it's given rise to  a $16 billion gluten-free industry, why isn't pasta the ultimate menace?

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Your Problem May Be FODMAPS, Not Gluten

Your Problem May Be FODMAPS, Not Gluten

First, I have no patience for anything in ALL CAPS, so we're calling this gastric distress Fodmaps. Second, it's an acronym for an impossibly long string of carbohydrates that can mess up your digestion and delude you into mistaking  gluten as the culprit.

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What's Up With Wheat & Gluten? Facts Vs. Myths

What's Up With Wheat & Gluten? Facts Vs. Myths

Many of you by now have probably seen the  classic Jimmy Kimmel Show segment from last year. His  Woman-On-The Street Interviewer asks young Los Angeles gym goers if they're  on a gluten-free diet. When they say they are ( as many do), she asks them  ““What is gluten?”

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NBC Drives NASCAR Super Bowl Gluten Spoof Into a Ditch

  NBC Drives NASCAR Super Bowl Gluten Spoof Into a Ditch

“When our idea of danger is eating gluten, there’s trouble afoot,”  Nick Offerman ( Ron Swanson on"Parks and Recreation") proclaims in his best drill-sergeant snarl,  standing before a large American flag .“Yes, we the people have gotten soft.”  That's his message. We should eat exhaust pipes  not omelets for breakfast,  wash'em down with rust remover and chew tires , not bubble gum.

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