Gluten-free this, gluten-free that. It’s hard to go to anywhere these days without hearing someone talking about their gluten-free diet.Grocery stores are now offering more gluten free options and it’s starting to look like gluten will soon be a thing of the past. In fact, one French blogger and graphic artist took his gluten intolerance one step further.
“It is a joke,” artist Arthur Coulet told BBC Trending of his Tumblr site Gluten-Free Museum. The site features famous art sans gluten. In a way, his work is a satire of the gluten-free craze.
He says that he got the idea to start Gluten-Free Museum after seeing gluten-free advertisements and realizing how important wheat is to our culture.
“Our civilization is based on wheat. There is a link between culture and agriculture,” he says.
Here are a few of his most popular pieces:
The site is merely for fun and isn’t meant to be insensitive to people suffering from Celiac Disease, a condition caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten.
“I have people in my entourage who can’t eat gluten for health reasons,” Coulet says. “I’ve showed them the blog and they laughed.”
With this gluten-free movement on the rise, it can be easy to get swept up in the craze.
“The market for gluten-free products is exploding,” Peter H.R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, told WebMD. “Why exactly, we don’t know. Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier.”
But, that’s not necessarily true. With every diet or new food trend, it’s important to remember that moderation is key.
“Unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals and fiber.”