I have about a million allergies, some very serious. But I just have to go out and say it.
Gluten intolerance is in some cases an imaginary disease of wealth!
Out of the dozens of kids in our neighborhood, no one has gluten intolerance. Not only that, but they eat junk food and are just normal, energetic kids.
But then you look at some of my daughter's friends whose dads are engineers for Nike or Intel, and all of a sudden about half of them are sensitive to gluten.
My daughter once brought Doritos (gluten free) to a troop meeting (where most of the kids are from upper middle class homes), thinking it'd be the cool kid snack, since they had for years eaten nothing but Smart Pop as a snack, and most of the girls wouldn't even touch them.
In my neighborhood, if she were to bring a bag of chips across the street, she'd be mobbed by 20 kids, begging for a handful (or three). And probably a group of boys would snatch it and run
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