It’s Time Someone Asked the Million-Dollar Question: Is Lactose Intolerance Just a Fad?

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It’s Time Someone Asked the Million-Dollar Question: Is Lactose Intolerance Just a Fad?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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icture this: Your mom, with great difficulty, agrees to cook for some of your friends and decides to dazzle them with a three-course menu, all inspired by Masterchef Australia. You keep the menu a closely guarded secret in the hope of wowing the hell out of your dinner guests, especially that girl you’re crushing on. The day arrives, and as you serve course after course, you gradually learn one of your friends has a celiac disease, which means even a whiff of wheat can do him in. Another is a Jain, and the apple of your eye is lactose intolerant, which means the single-origin Madagascar vanilla ice cream you wanted to serve with the hot lemon curd soufflé could very well be the last meal she eats. As your diners look on in disappointment, you realise the slowly deflating soufflé is the perfect metaphor for your derailed dinner, and that your mom is going to have your ass for dessert!

Your mom believes clearly believes that food allergies are the new CrossFit, and it pisses her off that our generation has decided to diagnose itself as gluten allergic and lactose intolerant. “Hipsters,” she snarks while throwing the belan at you, and you wonder if she has a point.

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