It’s bad enough when you see misinformation in some small, non-food-related magazine.Â But very bad information in a big food magazine?
That’s right, Food
Rule number one about writing: Joe’s opinion does not a fact make.Â Or, in this case, Lionel’s.
Just because someone who supposedly has celiac disease says he eats spelt does NOT mean it is okay for celiacs.
Because, it is NOT.
Unfortunately, this is still a battle we are fighting with the health food stores, which happens to be most people’s first and only education about Celiac Disease.
Did I mention this is appalling?
Spelt is a member of the genus Triticum.Â Have you heard that word before?Â Most likely, you have, in some form or another.Â It’s the WHEAT.Â Look at this list of species in the genus Triticum, from the USDA.
|KingdomÂ Â Plantae â€“ Plants|
|SubkingdomÂ Â Tracheobionta â€“ Vascular plants|
|SuperdivisionÂ Â Spermatophyta â€“ Seed plants|
|DivisionÂ Â Magnoliophyta â€“ Flowering plants|
|ClassÂ Â Liliopsida â€“ Monocotyledons|
|SubclassÂ Â Commelinidae|
|OrderÂ Â Cyperales|
|FamilyÂ Â Poaceae â€“ Grass family|
|GenusÂ Â Triticum L. â€“ wheat P|
|Contains 19 Species and 21 accepted taxa overall|
|Down one level|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum aestivum L. â€“ common wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum aethiopicum Jakubz. â€“ Ethiopian wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum araraticum Jakubz. â€“ wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum boeoticum Boiss. â€“ wild einkorn P|
|SubspeciesÂ Â Triticum boeoticum Boiss. ssp. boeoticum â€“ wild einkorn P|
|SubspeciesÂ Â Triticum boeoticum Boiss. ssp. thaoudar (Reuter ex Hausskn.) Schiem. â€“ wild einkorn P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum carthlicum Nevski â€“ Persian wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum compactum Host [excluded] P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum durum Desf. â€“ durum wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum ispahanicum Heslot â€“ wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum karamyschevii Nevski â€“ Karamyschev’s wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum militinae Zhuk. & Migush. â€“ wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum monococcum L. [excluded] P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum polonicum L. [excluded] P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum spelta L. â€“ spelt P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum timopheevii (Zhuk.) Zhuk. â€“ Timopheev’s wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum turanicum Jakubz. â€“ Oriental wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum turgidum L. â€“ rivet wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum urartu Thumanian ex Gandilyan â€“ wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum vavilovii Jakubz. â€“ Vavilov’s wheat P|
|SpeciesÂ Â Triticum zhukovskyi Menabde & Ericzjan â€“ Zhukovsky’s wheat P|
So, while Lionel may be content with damaging his intestines and increasing his risk for other autoimmune disorders, cancers, and general bad health, don’t let that be you or a celiac you know.
When you see bad information like this, call them out on it.Â Share GOOD information.Â Hand them a pamphlet from the Gluten Intolerance Group.
In case you need a refresher of some of the names, here’s a pretty good table from the Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (fyi – I have not read the booklet).*Rice bran is okay, but it would be labeled as “rice bran”.