This time of year, the halls, the malls, and many American kitchens are thick with the scent of cinnamon. The flavor and aroma trigger warm memories of childhood, recalling cinnamon in spiced teas and ciders, sprinkled over sugar cookies, or dusted atop a glass of eggnog.
Approximately one percent of the population suffers from celiac disease, and their reaction to the gluten in even a small crouton can be diarrhea, abdominal bloating and pain, fatigue, seizures or migraines, severe weight loss, and many other unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms.
Health fads come and go. Some celebrity finds a diet or exercise routine or substance that he or she swears is medicine’s cure-all and Fountain of Youth, and suddenly it seems the whole world can’t talk about anything else.
Vegetarian diets have been around since agriculture took hold among our hunter-gatherer ancestors, but they really began to catch on in this country the 1960s, with the back-to-the-earth movement popularized by the counter-culture movement.