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An Amusement Park? Has Gluten-free Gone Too Far?

Celiac.com 07/03/2014 - Gluten-free eaters and people with celiac disease may soon be able to enjoy an entire amusement park dedicated solely to healthy, gluten-free food.

Photo: CC--stevageWorld Gardens Café recently announced plans to build ‘Healthy Land’ a celiac-friendly amusement park dedicated to healthy, gluten-free eating and nutritional awareness.

If successfully launched, Healthy Land will the first North American amusement park of its kind.

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In addition to vegetable-shaped roller coasters, and cartoon character versions of super foods such as avocados and coconuts, all food and beverages at Healthy Land will be gluten free, and the park experience will offer child-focused educational entertainment about healthy eating.

Slated to open in early summer 2015, Healthy Land will feature 23 attractions on 14 acres in Southern California, near the 57, 60 and 10 freeways.

What do you think? Excited about a totally gluten-free amusement park? Or is it taking the gluten-free idea too far?

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Cara
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03 Jul 2014 5:37:02 PM PST
Yes- "gluten free" has gone too far. Instead of raising awareness about an autoimmune disease that far too often goes diagnosed, the gluten free 'fad' will fade, but those of use with celiac disease will still have to manage this everyday. Anyone who has celiac disease, and/or has children who also have celiac, would likely embrace the idea of actually going on a vacation, or to an amusement park, without constant vigilance around not getting sick. Why would celiac.com publish an article written by someone who clearly believes gluten free is a silly fad? Clearly the writer lacks some insight into the true upside of offering celiacs a real vacation from the vigilance required to manage their illness. Let's not give air time to ignorance on a page for individuals living with celiac disease.

 
ACurtis
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09 Jul 2014 10:13:16 AM PST
If I remember correctly (having read somewhere), the author's sister has celiac disease, and he himself also eats gluten free. I think they are rhetorical questions he posted; he does not believe celiac disease is a fad or that people living with celiac disease don't deserve a real family vacation. Perhaps he could have thought a bit on how what he wrote would be perceived.

 
Donnie
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07 Jul 2014 12:10:24 PM PST
Great idea, and I hope it will be very successful. Gluten free diets are being demonized as just a silly fad, and are claimed to be harmful to the health of people who follow them. That is not true, and they are much healthier then the junk foods that a lot of people are eating.

 
Terry M.
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07 Jul 2014 1:38:32 PM PST
I think the idea of teaching kids about healthy eating via an amusement park is fine but making the entire thing gluten free is over the top. Why not just have a generous offering of gluten free items along with regular foods for non-gluten free folks. This is the type of thing that is fodder for the late night comics who are already mocking the gluten-free "trend" thanks to the fools who have adopted the diet, not even knowing what gluten is, is the hope of losing weight, etc. This just makes it hard for those of us with celiac to be taken seriously.

 
Michael
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07 Jul 2014 4:38:07 PM PST
This is absolutely not going too far. I agree with Dr. Rodney Ford that gluten needs to be eradicated from the planet: one amusement park, restaurant and whatever venue at a time. Read the books Gluten Zero Global, Wheat Belly and Grain Brain.

 
Jen
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07 Jul 2014 8:40:03 PM PST
What a great idea! Once a year I go to a celiac walk... it's the only time of the year I can eat whatever there is there. It's great to go somewhere and know I can eat anything! I always hear kids say, mommy what can I eat here? Their mom will say everything here is gluten free and the kids get so excited!
I would love an amusement park that I could eat things- Maybe they will have fried dough!

 
Mary Thorpe
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08 Jul 2014 6:51:08 AM PST
I think it's a cool idea but that they ought to pay the most attention to making it a cool amusement park and downplay the gluten-free aspect, just make that known as a side note. Then it would be a fun place for everyone to go with the benefit that the gluten sensitive can really relax and have fun knowing that everything there is safe to eat. Those who don't need gf food can enjoy it, too, because hopefully there will be good food that just happens to be gluten free.

Can't figure out from the article where it will be- I don't know of a 57 freeway exactly. Interstate 60 and 10 intersect and there's a state route 57 but it's further to the east. Maybe it qualifies as a freeway and maybe it's somewhere in between? If so, that's cool because it would be near my sister's home so hopefully we'll get to go someday!

 
Mary Thorpe
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08 Jul 2014 7:01:11 AM PST
I think it's a cool idea but that they ought to pay the most attention to making it a cool amusement park and downplay the gluten-free aspect, just make that known as a side note. Then it would be a fun place for everyone to go with the benefit that the gluten sensitive can really relax and have fun knowing that everything there is safe to eat. Those who don't need GF food can enjoy it, too, because hopefully there will be good food that just happens to be gluten free.

It will be fairly near my sister's home in Whittier so hopefully we'll get to go someday!

 
Cindy
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08 Jul 2014 8:29:16 AM PST
I don't think it's gone too far. Everyone can at least eat a gluten free diet so no one will be deprived and they might see just how easy it is to adopt a gluten free diet. I think it's great. I hear how well other countries respond to gluten free diets is amazing compared to the US.

 
Christine

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08 Jul 2014 8:35:20 AM PST
I like it! I hope they continue up the road to organics, non GMOs! This will open doors to what healthier eating is all about. For those of us with autoimmune disorders due to wheat gluten, let's pray they do it right!

 
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08 Jul 2014 9:31:22 AM PST
Love the idea! It would have made going to an amusement park for my kids and me a whole lot more enjoyable and carefree. And what is wrong with eating healthy? Nothing!

 
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08 Jul 2014 12:43:00 PM PST
This is a great start. It might become a kind of test lab for all the allergies and issues children deal with, since parents will come with the expectation that it's "safe." Lots of learning curve will happen, I'm sure. I hope this takes off and duplicates itself, as new industries learn that it's good ethics and good business to support people's wellness and health.

 
Angela
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10 Jul 2014 12:05:46 AM PST
Such a great way to help kids/adults feel more comfortable to eat at an amusement park where they can have GF food and not worry! I would hope that maybe even having fun shows gearing towards eating healthy in a fun way! Letting the kids know they're not alone in having celiac disease.

 
J L
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10 Jul 2014 1:23:50 PM PST
I love the idea! My family never eats out, even on vacation, cause we are so sensitive to cross contamination. I also know how hard it is to avoid gluten, just when you think you know it all, BAM you get in trouble. Although I love the idea I would have a hard time trusting that the powers that be would take it as serious as I need to.

 
PKN
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11 Jul 2014 12:28:50 PM PST
This was an April Fool's Day joke. See the World Gardens Cafe Facebook page.

Erin Smith Is this for real or an April Fools joke?
April 2 at 8:11am · Like

World Gardens Café: It's an April Fools Day joke. We would love to do something like this but there would have to be enough interest first.

April 2 at 1:07pm · Like

Erin Smith It is really too bad that this isn't for real and that Celiac was the butt of so many April Fools jokes yesterday . The idea of having an amusement park where everything is safe to eat for people with celiac sounds like a wonderful vacation to me.




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