Research commissioned by Zizzi found that the most common diet we’ve tried is vegetarianism (31%), followed by going gluten free (13%) while 10% of us have tried veganism while dining out. The survey of 2,000 British adults found that younger people were particularly keen on veganism, with 34% of those aged 16 to 34 having experimented with the lifestyle. 40% from this age group had also tried a low-sugar diet. It’s not surprising that young people tend to be more experimental with their diets - as anyone who’s survived their teens or twenties will know - but what we’d really like to know is how long these dieting ‘experiments’ last. Do many Britons manage to go the distance with veganism?
The White Moose Cafe recently posted on its Facebook page describing how a woman asked a member of the cafe if they did gluten-free pancakes, but didn’t know what coeliac disease was. Paul Stenson, owner of The White Moose Cafe [Photo: Facebook/White Moose Cafe] The full post reads: “This morning a girl asked us if we did gluten-free pancakes and when we asked her if she was a coeliac, she didn’t even know what the word meant and then proceeded to order regular, gluten-rich pancakes anyway. “From now on, guests who demand gluten-free food are required to produce a doctor’s note which states that you suffer from coeliac disease. “Guests following a gluten-free fad, who don’t even know what gluten is, can cop the fuck on and eat regular food like everybody else.” Unsurprisingly, it’s spread across Facebook like wildfire, gathering more than 32,000 reactions and almost 6,000 shares - and many commenters are not happy.
Gluten has had a bad rap in recent years. Celebs eschew it, Paleo-dieters ditch it in its many forms, and it’s been blamed for all sorts of health ills from bloating to acne. Gluten is a protein found in a huge array of foods.
Festive baking is definitely one of the best parts of the holidays. But for some, it can be a painful reminder of their limiting dietary restrictions. We’ve all heard of swapping out an egg for a banana or switching to a rice-based flour or milk to deal with sensitivities but here are eight other alternative ingredients you may not have heard about. Whether you’re gluten-free, allergic to eggs or can’t handle dairy, these modified ingredients will let you satiate your sweet tooth without the stomach upset. Click through the gallery about and let us know if we’ve missed anything by tweeting to @YahooStyleCA.
Trying to drop a few pounds to fit in to that little sparkly little number you plan on wearing to the office holiday party? These foods and drinks may seem healthy, but might be stopping you from finally dropping that last little bit of weight before holiday party season goes into full swing. All photos via Thinkstock