Fad diets and medical scares concerning food have become common now for the last twenty-five years or so.
It all began with The Master Cleanse Diet created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941. It was a liquid diet consisting of a mixture of lemon juice, water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. The routine was simple. Drink 2 gallons a day and you are not allowed to eat anything else. Do this for 10-15 days. Funny, my master cleanse has always involved a rubber bag with a hose attached to it.
The Atkins Diet came along during the seventies. Cut out carbs and binge on veggies for natural proteins and fats. The Three Day Diet came out in 1985 with a menu that was strict and a mile long. Not only that, the diets insists that you eat everything on the menu in the order it is listed.
Cabbage soup during the 1980’s was another good one. Again, a strict diet of as much cabbage soup as you wanted for seven straight days. I had an ex-wife who did the cabbage soup diet and not only did she not lose any weight, she farted a lot and bunny rabbits followed her around the yard.
The South Beach Diet was popular in the 90’s eliminating sugar and starches and the Hollywood Diet came and disappeared with their juice concoctions.
I’m no dietician, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I don’t think any of these diets actually worked. They may have shed a few pounds, but diets are essentially a load of crap without a healthy lifestyle and the willpower to keep the weight off.
Now there’s a big flap about being gluten-free.
Though not technically a diet, exposure to glutens can cause gastrointestinal distress as well as infertility and risk of certain cancers. The gluten-free diet is a treatment for celiac disease. The Mayo Clinic advises a strict regimen of this diet and suggests certain food that can be eaten. For example, ham and cheese is okay but not rye bread. So have a ham and cheese but hold the mayo.
I’m no doctor, but I play one on TV, but the problem here is a hazy spectrum of what exactly gluten-free means. Medical experts and the FDA have no idea, so everyone except Oprah Winfrey and the food packagers are in the dark.
Glutens are commonly found in grains. Naturally gluten-free foods include, beans, nuts, eggs, meat, poultry and fish along with fruit and vegetables and some dairy products.
Everything else probably has at least a trace of gluten in it. So you can be exposed to gluten in anything you eat if you combine any of the allowed foods with any that may contain gluten.
Now I’m no nutritionist, but I do read the back of the cereal boxes in the morning, but this whole scenario gives me the heebie-jeebies. For those not wanting a gluten contamination beware of foods labeled “Gluten-free” and recipes that claim to be gluten-free. Chances are there is some gluten in there somewhere.
The solution is simple. Here is the only gluten-free recipe and food known to mankind.
1 Gal. Water
Ice Cube Trays
Fill trays with water. Place in freezer and allow to set for at least a few hours. Serve and enjoy.
Don't be a gluten for punishment and happy dieting everybody.