About 10 years ago, when I was working and living in Tokyo, I was walking back to the office from a teishoku lunch in Tsukiji with two American translators I worked with. One was adrama musical instrument specialist who was going to hold a workshop in Japan, and he told me that an American woman had emailed him about the gluten-free food in Japan.
He thought she was crazy. I said, "Have you heard of soba? It's made from." Buckwheat is gluten-free, like other such as and . Rice, soya, corn and potatoes also are gluten-free.
The translatorwhether there was a " " to gluten-free diets. It's true that some people need to go gluten-free, because they suffer from , or CD. For people with CD, eating the gluten found in like wheat damages the and can cause symptoms including diarrhea, constipation and . Over time, the disease can lead to serious health problems.
Only around 1 percent of people worldwide have the disease — but in the U.S., you'd think it was everywhere.for gluten-free foods are all over the internet and TV. In 2011, the best-selling book Wheat Belly claimed that modern wheat was toxic and . But the book is full of science.
In 2012, pop singer Miley Cyrus tweeted: "Gluten is" and added that "everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing!"
Give me a break,! Before wasting your time and money, why don't you go to a doctor to see if you really have CD?
My wife, a medical editor,the gluten-free fad is , and I agree; a yogurt or yogurt drink is all we need to keep us .
TheMayo Clinic in Minnesota agrees. If you don't have CD, it says, "there's little evidence that a gluten-free diet offers any particular health benefits."
The gluten-free fad is just one thing that the two of us can't understand about living in the USA. Another is the endless TV commercials abouton cable TV. Viewers, do you really need these products, and think of the expense! How about or universal health care like they have in Japan? Even with Obamacare — which President Trump and the Republicans in control of Congress want to — the USA was still the only OECD country that didn't have national health care.
Maybe this summer when the water is warmer, we will swim across to Canada, where they have a national health care system … and fewer TV commercials for gluten-free products.
The Japan Times ST: March 17, 2017