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Things I Think About, by Peter Bowditch

Where can I buy food with extra gluten?

If you ever mention anywhere on the Internet that you have computer problems, within a short period of time you will receive the very useful advice to “Get a Mac”. A similar Pavlovian response occurs if you mention the diet fad du jour, as people (often self-diagnosed) with dreadful allergies and food intolerances tell you about the dangers they face and the unbearable burden they carry of having to be aware of what’s in what they eat. As I have Type 2 diabetes and have to look at the ingredients of everything my usual response is “So what?”, but it seems that I’m not a special enough case to understand the terror they face daily.

When I did the shopping this week I noticed that the supermarket had put a “Gluten free” message on legs of ham. I posted the following message to Twitter and sat back to wait for the fun to start.

I must congratulate Coles on having gluten-free ham. I hope the pineapples are low on cholesterol too. Then I’ll be really healthy.

Someone suffering from lack of a humour and sarcasm-detection gene asked if I was serious about the pineapples and cholesterol. Well, of course I was – I like to be assured that all vegetable matter I eat is free from chemicals that only occur in meat. As for the ham, the meat is cured using salt, sugar and some nitrate or nitrite salts. There is nothing in any of these or in the raw pig meat that can possibly be a source of gluten. The sign on the meat is there to reassure people who have no idea what gluten is or where it comes from that they can safely eat the meat without suffering from acute nocebo effect. This leaves them free to worry about catching Lyme Disease from ticks that are not found in Australia and to scratch their arms where the Morgellons is erupting.

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2 thoughts on “Where can I buy food with extra gluten?

  • Guy Chapman says:

    Hi Peter. Believe it or not, ham does often contain gluten. It’s often breaded, and in some cases wheat-derived fillers are used.

    I have coeliac (diagnosed by the entirely orthodox methods of TTGA and biopsy), I have been “glutened” by ham.

  • Rod Hibberd says:

    Peter. Guy Chapman is likely right. I just had an evening of unpleasant symptoms after a small serving of potato chips with lunch. Commercial chips are dusted with flower to ‘crisp’ the surface during frying, I now know. The food industry and catering trades use wheat flower and other grain derived products in all sorts of unlikely places and for no nutritional purpose. Now about that ‘cholesterol free’ bottled water ….