Trump Supporters More Likely to Identify As Gluten-Free: Study

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In recent years, gluten-free diets have been the subject of mockery from a certain type of American who thinks the country has gotten a little too soft. The kind of American who rolls his eyes at veganism and wears a necktie that looks like a slice of bacon. It’s the type of American embodied by Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman’s character from Parks and Recreation, whom the actor channeled in a 2015 NASCAR ad that goofed on gluten-free diets and drew an angry petition in response. How appropriate.

In 2016, Ted Cruz echoed Offerman’s sentiment while running for president, equating a gluten-free diet to political correctness in a campaign speech. “The last thing any commander should need to worry about is the grades he is getting from some plush-bottomed Pentagon bureaucrat for political correctness or social experiments — or providing gluten-free MREs,” Cruz said three months before he dropped out of the race, and seven months before he endorsed the man who called his wife ugly.

Three years later, a lot has changed. Parks and Rec has finished its run. Cruz is a dutiful Trump follower. And, according to a study published this summer, Trump supporters are more likely to “identify as avoiding gluten, relative to non-supporters.” Published in the June issue of Agriculture and Human Values, the study “uncovers a complex relationship between the social construction of gluten avoidance and the potential role of political views,” its authors write. As if Ted Cruz needed another “complex relationship” to navigate.

Trump Fans More Likely to Identify As Gluten-Free: Study