In this news round up, Party City released (and quickly recalled) a very offensive commercial, gluten free and low-carb diets could be harmful to unborn babies, and Kent State Unversity students are bringing Italian, gluten-free pizza crust to the United States.
Party City calls gluten free food “gross,” offends celiac community
Per the Huffington Post, Party City’s recently released Superbowl commercial featured two women standing over the snack table, mocking the gluten free items. Per HuffPo:
“Do we even know anyone like that?” one of the women says, motioning toward the gluten-free snacks. “Tina,” the second woman says.
“Oh gross ― yeah,” the first woman answers.
As you might expect, this went over like a lead balloon. The backlash was swift on social media:
This is the most offensive commercial I’ve seen yet towards the #celiac, #glutensensitivity, #foodallergy community. Please share and let @PartyCity know how you feel. I will. https://t.co/iBF68ipH4L
Of course, Party City has now pulled the ad and apologized:
Honestly though, does no one look at this stuff before it’s published and think, hey, this might be offensive to a big chunk of the population? Obviously not.
Low-carb, gluten free diets could be dangerous to unborn children, study finds
USA Today reports that low-carbohydrate and gluten free diets could be dangerous to unborn children. They point to a study published in the journal Birth Defects Research, which is apparently “the first to directly examine the relationship between low carbohydrate intake and having children with a possibly fatal neural tube defect.”
The study found that “women with low carbohydrate intake are 30% more likely to have babies with neural tube defects as opposed to moms who didn’t.” They note that folic acid could be at play here, because cereals and grains are fortified with folic acid in the US.
While they have no specific recommendations on how many carbohydrates an expecting mother should be eating, they note that the study shows the importance of the maternal diet in fetal development.
As always, you should speak to your doctor if you have concerns!
Kent State students selling Italian gluten free pizza crust mix in US
Cleveland.com reports that a group of Kent State University students are selling a popular Italian gluten free pizza crust mix in the US. According to the article, the students began the business, “The Pizza Boss,” as part of an entrepreneurship class. Inspired by their time abroad in Italy and one group member’s celiac sister, they made the arrangements to be the sole US distributors for the Ciro and Sons product.
Curious? You can find the product locally in the Cleveland area, or you can order it directly from their website. Prices start at $4.99.
Did you see the Party City ad on the air? Will you try this gluten free pizza crust? Tell me in the comments!