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  •  From Egan's words to forget (14+ / 0-)
    GLUTEN-FREE It’s a public service to warn the less than 1 percent of the population who suffer from celiac disease that bakery products might contain something that could make them sick. But putting this label on things that have no connection is a cynical corporate play for clueless consumers who buy something simply because they think it’s healthy. Red Bull boasts of being gluten-free. So is paint thinner.
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    This is part of the corporate "dumbing down" of Americans.  Add to it the reality TV such as Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.  Not only do folks not get that it is far less costly to produce a reality show than it is to provide quality programming, but the idiots out there believe that is the way mainstream America behaves.  

    But back to the main topic of Egan's column, I'd add the phrase "All-in" to the dumpster.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 04:30:18 AM PST

    •  At least we've seen the last of (5+ / 0-)

      "thrown under the bus".  :-/

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 04:39:27 AM PST

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    •  Foodie and Hater (2+ / 0-)
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      What grade schooler during what recess came up with those?

      Although, I give hater some slack because it's very succinct and emphatic at what it means.

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 06:34:55 AM PST

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    •  Don't you just love the GLUTEN-FREE on a bottle (8+ / 0-)

      of water? Oh yes, then there is the ALL NATURAL label that on closer inspection shows all sorts of natural crap instead of perhaps the "healthy choice" a consumer was assuming. Hell, I do believe arsenic, lead, and  botulin toxin are natural products. The label has near zero meaning and some loudly proclaiming that whose labels I've inspected are laced with things one should have second thoughts about (massive amounts of sugar being one).

      On that note, how about the fruit juices? There are several tropical fruit juices I very much like that in pure pulp form are actually low carb. Some can be found on our shelves labeled ALL NATURAL PURE FRUIT JUICE until one looks at the carbs and sees something astronomical. Ah yes, the labeled fruit has been "supplemented" with bulk apple or pear juice and maybe even a dose of corn syrup to up that sweetness for that naturally tart fruit on the label. Up it to astronomical levels!

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 06:49:41 AM PST

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      •  I once saw "fat free"... (6+ / 0-)

        on a bag of sugar.

        My Thanksgiving turkey was "gluten free" according to the label.

        •  I am afraid, no convinced, that such a labeling (4+ / 0-)
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          non sequitur just does not raise the antennae of the dumbed down population we have as mentioned elsewhere today. Basic biology and chemistry seems beyond even a number of high earning professionals I've met over the last couple of decades.

          They have the credentials and skills to earn big bucks in some specific field and the actual education to function well outside that limit is pitiful and quite often subject to faddish or scare "popular medicine" stories in media or even word of mouth. Viral or bacterium caused ailment? Among some I've met there is no difference there in the ignorance and apathy joke, just a great void of both! They sure will be up on the latest consumer fad in fashion, cars, decor or sports though.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 07:33:09 AM PST

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        •  Actually 'gluten free' on your turkey (2+ / 0-)
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          is not a bad thing.  My daughter has Celiac disease and gluten hides in odd places.  If the turkey is injected with stuff some of that stuff could contain gluten.  I have to check carefully and buy organic for holiday dinners to avoid poisoning her.

          Fortunately I live in gluten-free central (Portland) and for both Thanksgiving and Christmas managed to provide gluten free feasts.  It's considerably more expensive and I worry about people who can't afford it.  Celiac is a sneaky long term condition that can ruin your intestines over time.  

          I know it's a fashionable thing for some foodies (oops) but for those who suffer it's real and a real pain in the ass.

        •  How about non-fat half and half? (0+ / 0-)

          The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." -- Wanda

          by the autonomist on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 01:05:35 PM PST

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