In a recent study conducted by Dr. Spock with help from the general public, no one cares about your gluten allergy, sensitivity or that you feel soooo much better after you gave up all gluten-filled products. As it turns out, people are more interested in what you are eating rather than what you aren’t.
"I mean, if you like figured out a way to take gluten out of cupcakes, I’d probably care somewhat," says Monica, a bystander outside a gluten-free bakery "But what happened to talking about new restaurants?"
Indeed, more people are discussing the foods they have given up rather than those that they still enjoy, according to new research. There has been a marked increase in conversations about giving up foods like gluten, dairy and meat. Dr. Spock has noticed more and more conversations trend toward diet rather than more typical topics like movies or the weather.
"We have observed that discussions about gluten, or a lack thereof, now account for 25 percent of conversations in general and 75 percent of conversations pertaining to food," says Spock.
However, more and more people are zoning out and looking around for other people to talk to once the notion of abstaining from gluten is mentioned. “When a girl starts talking about her new diet, I just start counting sheep and try to nod sometimes,” says Ron, a gluten-eater. Others resort to more aggressive tactics. “When my sister starts talking about how giving up gluten changed her life, I try to shove the whole bread basket into my mouth,” Amy explains.
However, Dr. Spock did notice that people enjoyed hearing about delicious meals, even when they included butter, pasta and cheese, typical ingredients that health-conscious tend to avoid. “The participants in the study perked up when discussing French meals, desserts, pastries and they especially enjoyed hearing about consumption of pizza and ice cream.
While, Dr.Spock’s study only observed attitudes toward giving up gluten, he suspects that people might experience similar feelings towards righteous vegans, juicing and even people attempting to “eat clean,” but more research is needed to confirm his speculations.
Who knows, perhaps soon we will all be enjoying gluten-free conversations.