Philly chef Marc Vetri posted a nearly 1,400-word rant on the Huffington Post yesterday about his growing intolerance of gluten intolerance. He describes a diner who identifies herself as gluten-intolerant and who declines to eat his restaurant’s risotto, even after Vetri explains that it is made with rice and is therefore gluten-free.
I still couldn’t get over the fact she really believed there was gluten in risotto. Or for that matter, that people consider wheat to be so bad for us. To me it’s simply a lack of understanding about what wheat is, and what it is processed into. This diner most likely wasn’t gluten intolerant at all. She’s simply mesmerized by the latest fad that is consuming the nation–but it’s a fad based on misrepresentation.
I would like to offer another meaning for G.I: Grossly Ill-informed.
Extrapolating from this example, he goes the Jimmy Kimmel-esque, “no one even knows what gluten is, anyway” route to drive home his point:
Truthfully, unless you have celiac disease, which is a major issue in 1 percent of the population, you probably don’t know what gluten is, let alone what glycemic index is. You’re most likely listening to some half-truths written in a book by some doctor who is more concerned with the width of his wallet rather than the width of your waistline.
Them’s fighting words. Read the full post for yourself over here.
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