I don't normally like to post things like this because I want to let them just roll of my back, but I felt like I needed to set a few things straight.
Last night, a member of "Team Coco" sent me a link to a "comedy" bit on the Conan O'Brien show. I use quotes around the word comedy because not only did I find this clip stupid, but I also found it just wrong and confusing. Comedienne Erin Foley was recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant and she starts listing all of the things she cannot eat. It is sad that Erin feels so limited but this is often the case with people that are first diagnosed. This kind of "comedy" is confusing to those who are newly diagnosed and I would like to set the information straight. Here are the things Erin says she cannot eat, followed by just a small sample of companies that DO create gluten-free versions of those products
Beer: New Planet, Redbridge, Bard's Tale, New Grist, Celiac, Green's, St Peter's
Bread: Udi's, Rudi's, Schar, Ener-G, Whole Foods, Free Bread, Food for Life, Kinnikinnick, Glutino
Crackers: Glutino, Mary's Gone Crackers, Schar, Orgran, Nut Thins, Crunchmaster, Edward & Sons
Cookies: Udi's, Pamela's, Mary's, Schar, K-Toos, Glutino, MiDel
Chips: Utz, Boulder Canyon, Flamous, Food Should Taste Good, Lundberg, Kettle Brand
Pizza: Amy's J.D.'s Best, Udi's, Schar, Rustic Crust, Bob's Red Mill, BOLD
Pasta: DeBoles, Barilla, Trader Joe's, Ener-G, Lundberg, Schar, Mrs. Leepers
Pancakes: GF Bisquick, King Arthur, Arrowhead Mills, Gluten-Free Pantry, Pamela's, Cherrybrook Kitchen
Communion Wafers: Celebrate Communion, Ener-G
The ONLY product I agree with Erin on is croissants. I have not come across any gluten-free croissants in this country yet. I know that Schar sells them in Europe, but they aren't here yet. Ok Erin, I will give you that one.
Erin did make a list of the things she can eat but didn't get it quite right:
Garfaza (Um, WHAT??? I think she meant garbanzo or garfava)
Teft (It's TEFF, not teft)
Erin gave a discouraging shout-out to Living Without magazine stating that it comes with a razor blade. Depression is very real for many people living with Celiac and gluten intolerance. Is a joke alluding to suicide funny? NO! Be a little more sensitive Erin.
I understand Erin is probably in her bitter, sad-to-be-diagnosed phase of her gluten intolerance as well as just trying to make it in Hollywood but "comedy" skits like this are just a disservice to our gluten-free community, not funny, and hurt our reputation for being taken seriously. Good luck with that comedy career, Erin, but try using some different matter in your attempt to be funny.
What do you think?