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Old 03-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #11
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1% of a large number is still a large number, and likely to grow as it's more understood. But in any case, from the ones I've heard of who are not gluten free. It's the same situation, they know someone who is allergic and are providing for them.

I don't really think it's the same situation about people who think that gluten free is somehow any healthier that having gluten other than us people who have some sort of reaction (no matter how small).
It's beer, it's not going to be as healthy as... vegetables.

Admittedly, even if I wasn't gluten free, I'd probably do it for the challenge and that it's an untapped field that it gives more of a feeling that anything is possible. Gluten free means that you've already cast off the limitations of traditional beer categories so there's more freedom in trying anything.

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Old 03-25-2011, 12:34 AM   #12
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I am celiac, however I did not realize it until they took a few samples of my small bowel. Fun stuff.

And yes, Redbridge tastes like canal water, therefore I brew.

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:02 PM   #13
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Celiac disease might be only a few % of the population but a study just showed that 8% of people in the US have gluten sensativities (could be headaches, acne, depression, foggy mind, mild stomach pains, gas)...

Its a challenge for sure.

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:27 PM   #14
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I don't really think it's the same situation about people who think that gluten free is somehow any healthier that having gluten other than us people who have some sort of reaction (no matter how small).
It's beer, it's not going to be as healthy as... vegetables.
I was trying to think of a way to say this in my original post.

I know that there are people out there who aren't eating gluten because they feel that it is healthier, just as there are people avoiding pretty much any food group you can imagine (meat, fish, "processed", corn, etc...). I would guess that for most of those people, beer is "out" because of other reasons than just the gluten.

I've spoken to a few people that were on different (not GF) 'health' diets that didn't drink beer (often any alcohol) for one reason or another. Personally, I thought that was just silly. Buy some organic malt (or some local, organic barley and malt it yourself!), grow some hops in your back yard, recycle some bottles...heck, you could even do a lambic brew with free-range yeast! Home made, organic, local, vegan, and if you are bottling with yeast, I think you can even squeeze that in the 'live food' category (not sure if you can call it raw food since you cooked the grains and boiled the wort...)
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:46 PM   #15
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I know a server at PF Changs and he says people constantly order a few items off the GF menu, and then items off the regualr menu. They say they want to eat healthier so they are ordering a few things off the GF menu.

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:56 PM   #16
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I know a server at PF Changs and he says people constantly order a few items off the GF menu, and then items off the regualr menu. They say they want to eat healthier so they are ordering a few things off the GF menu.
As much as I'd like to criticize those people, I hope they keep doing it so that GF products continue to be availible for the people who really need it.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:10 PM   #17
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As much as I'd like to criticize those people, I hope they keep doing it so that GF products continue to be availible for the people who really need it.
I waffle on this. On the one hand, I think, hey, the more people there are wanting GF products, the more companies will make, and that's good for me. On the other hand, if these people go to a restaurant and get "gluten free" food, and they use an ingredient that they didn't think about having gluten in it (gravy mix, sauce, etc), that customer won't even know there was a little gluten in it.
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I've been really curious lately. With only 0.5% - 1% of people out there having Celiac disease, what is everyone else's non-medical reason for not using grains such as barley, wheat, etc?
Why not?

But seriously, I don't think many people would willingly put themselves through what celiacs like myself put up with daily. And I don't mean eating GF every now and then to be healthy, I mean making sure every part of every meal you eat has no gluten in it so you don't get a reaction. I say people who eat GF for non-medical reasons hurt the celiac cause, because people think it is some fad diet, but it's not, it's our lives. So there's the long rant-y answer, oh that and what the others have said, redbridge is garbage.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:56 PM   #19
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There's definately two equal views on the whole non-medical gluten free. It's great because it created additional market for even large companies to go "Hey, we should do this" which of course gives us greater options. The down side is that the underinformed think that it is just a fad diet.

The only reason it was originally healthier because people were limited to vegetables, meat and rice. No fried foods, no processed foods, no empty calories, few refined foods.

Now that the companies have created this, there are options, even if they are empty calories, but there's definately things like cake and breads that are easy to get from about any store. No need to make clam chowder, now you can just pop a can from progresso.

I still think I'd be doing gluten free beer for the challenge of making something tasty, more than anything else if I didn't have a reaction, plus for the gluten free people I know.

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