"The Picky Eater who came to Dinner" http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/fashion/rsvp-ps-no-gluten-fat-or-soy-please.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&ref=fashion
It basically addresses the growing number of people who choose to omit certain foods from their diet and how it's often difficult for hosts to accommodate all these special "needs." People identify themselves as "gluten free," "vegan," or "paleo," which is different than past diet fads. It's interesting, though, to think of their motivations behind their lifestyle changes - not everybody is actually allergic or even sensitive to these foods. These specialized eating habits started out on a smaller scale; I remember when I became gluten-free during middle school (I have gluten intolerance) people thought it was the weirdest thing ever when I didn't eat pizza or bread! But now we can find gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, egg-free, almost anything-free foods at mainstream supermarkets. Is this a trend? Or are these lifestyle changes going to be permanent?
How do you feel about the issues this article raises?
hah. so true.