Thursday, March 13, 2014

Comedians on Gluten

It seems comedians are suddenly deciding that "gluten-free" can be a topic of their jokes. Sometimes this is helpful, and they are spreading good information and awareness. Other times, it is simply the butt of their jokes. I've been noticing this trend, and I finally decided to post about this today.

Video #1: This clip is Jim Gaffigan on the Conan show. They begin discussing gluten at 3:30 if you don't want to watch the whole thing. The whole bit is actually pretty funny if you're able to laugh at how the food industry changes their mind and such. I don't know that he did the gluten-free community any favors with this bit, but it doesn't seem he was attempting to discredit the diet. I'm interested in doing more research to see why he is on a gluten-free diet now that I've seen this.

Video #2: Dr. Oz was being interviewed by Seth Myers. At 1:10, Seth asks Dr. Oz if gluten-free is a scam. I was completely shocked by his answer. This was a great opportunity for Dr. Oz to spread awareness to Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance and other reasons people NEED the gluten-free diet. I totally get where he is coming from in thinking it's a scam--IF HE WEREN'T A DOCTOR! I get why the average person thinks that it's a scam because they're misinformed, but now we have a doctor saying it's a scam. I'm not incredibly familiar with Dr. Oz because I don't personally care for tv doctor shows, but I've heard he is very back and forth about whether or not he believes gluten is good or bad.

Video #3: Erin Foley discusses how she was diagnosed with gluten intolerance at 1:44. I love that she is able to laugh at herself, but I hate that she made it sound like there is NOTHING good to eat, because there are so many great options.

Video #4: John Pinette begins discussing his wheat allergy at 1:20 in this clip. I'm curious exactly what his allergy/intolerance is considering she said he has a wheat allergy and then asked if he eats a lot of gluten. It's incredibly frustrating to me that doctors are seemingly giving out such horrible and vague misinformation considering how Erin Foley and John Pinette described their diagnosis.

If nothing else, I hope this allowed a few of my readers to laugh at themselves, and remember it's important that we don't take things too seriously (unless it comes to being careful about what you eat of course).

I'll add additional videos as I come across them, and I would love suggestions from my readers if you know of any. These were just the ones I could think of off the top of my head.

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