L.A. Times carried the FDA gluten-free labeling rule story on the front page and includes multiple quotes from the Celiac Disease Foundation. While the article states some questionable statistics, the fact that it made the front page and specifically mentions that the rule befits those with celiac disease is a step in the right direction.
The article also draws a distinction between those who are gluten-free because they have celiac disease and those who adopt the diet even without it being medically necessary. The article even mentions that the medical benefits of giving up gluten with having celiac disease are “unproven.”
As is common with the media, the article highlights the celebrity gluten-free crowd including Chelsea Clinton’s gluten-free wedding cake.
Overall the article strikes a balance between gluten-free as a trend and gluten-free as a required diet. It also quotes our friends Carol Shilson (Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago) and Alice Bast (National Foundation for Celiac Awareness).