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    devolutionI met my friend Stef yesterday for a little work/tea break and we were gabbing with the barista (Jenna, the best) and the topic of gluten came up, and naturally I went into verbal spillage mode.  Both Jenna and Stef were asking lots of questions, but one that came up that I hear often is: I feel like all of the sudden kids (and adults alike) are getting more and more food allergies…what’s the deal?  Why is everyone sensitive to everything, all of the sudden?

    It’s a good question.  Remember when we used to go to school with our PB&J and trade sandwiches for pinwheels?  Well, those days are no longer.  There’s a lot of theories as to why food allergies are rampant these days, one of the most popular being the hygiene hypothesis (we live in too sterile & clean an environment), but there are a number of other contributing factors as well.  After I talked with Stef and Jenna about our overall immunity going downhill as a result of the Standard American Diet (among many other reasons), and it’s contribution to our inability to digest certain foods, Stef said something that stuck with me: “It’s kind of like Darwinism, but in reverse.  Are we de-volving?”

    If we keep eating and living the way we have been…we just may.

    If it’s a topic that interests you, I strongly suggest checking out a recent forum on KQED.

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