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Way#39: Use Critical Thinking to Facilitate Gluten-Free Simplicity in Your Life

Posted by nepeht on June 20, 2009

Way#39: Use Critical Thinking to Facilitate Gluten-Free Simplicity in Your Life

  Clearing away the B.S. to help illuminate reality might help facilitate simplicity in a gluten-free life.  Life, and in particular life during periods of serious challenges such as going gluten-free, can be unnecessarily difficult when paying too much attention to invalid and unreliable information.

   According to its Wikipedia entry, critical thinking can be defined as:

Critical thinking consists of mental processes of discernment, analysis and evaluation. It includes possible processes of reflecting upon a tangible or intangible item in order to form a solid judgment that reconciles scientific evidence with common sense. In contemporary usage “critical” has a certain negative connotation that does not apply in the present case.[1] Though the term “analytical thinking” may seem to convey the idea more accurately, critical thinking clearly involves synthesis, evaluation, and reconstruction of thinking, in addition to analysis.

Critical thinkers gather information from all senses, verbal and/or written expressions, reflection, observation, experience and reasoning. Critical thinking has its basis in intellectual criteria that go beyond subject-matter divisions and which include: clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance and fairness.

  What does this say to you?

  Well, to me it says in simplifying my gluten-free life I need to frequently rethink my assumptions so that I can better understand the facts.

  For example, I often find myself looking up whether or not a grocery item brand contains gluten.  And this is a good thing.  Why?  Because manufacturers often alter ingredients.  They can do this for their own reasons and they do do this.  Many of them will advise curious consumers that while the current version of a given product is “Gluten-Free”, one should always read the labels in order to rule out a change that has lead to Gluten-Contamination of said product.  See this listing at Gluten-Free Brands for another example.

  So, when using Critical Thinking: even if an item has “TRADITIONALLYNOT contained Gluten, it may be wise to reconsider this possibility each and every time you purchase a new batch. 

  Sure… it is a lot of work… But it can make life much more simple.  At least it is becoming more and more worth it to me.  How about for you?

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3 Responses to “Way#39: Use Critical Thinking to Facilitate Gluten-Free Simplicity in Your Life”

  1. mary said

    Yes I agree with your comments, and do, constantly check the labels. Only yesterday in ‘Morrisons’ I asked for their own make of beef-burgers only to be told that there was’gluten’in them and they always made them that way. Yet I know that about a month ago they did have ‘gluten-free’ beefburgers! Wish I’d kept the packaging.

    • nepeht said

      Thanks for your comment. What I have noticed is that Corporate interests are able to deal with the Gluten-Free issue by suggesting that consumers with Gluten-Sensitivity ALWAYS read the label prior to consuming. There primary reason for this is that their ingredients and formulations can change over time due to a number of variables. And it is their right to change their ingredients. The key though, it seems to me, then would be to become learned about the different label indicators of a high probability of gluten…. (i.e., “emulsifiers”, “thickeners”, or “modified food starch” (without specifying whether or not the “food” was wheat or corn or soy etc…).

  2. Anonymous said

    Great post! I’ll subscribe right now wth my feedreader software!

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