Absolutely there are more gluten free items available now. Also, there are some brilliant women and men who have such positive energy with their gluten free websites and blogs that they have been a powerful force for the advancement and improvement for those who have celiac disease or other gluten free issues. Oh, and some of those "gluten free" foods? They cost about 3 or 4 times more than I can afford to pay for them...and even if you do buy them, oftentimes, they taste terrible! More people should know about foods being gluten free, but I fear that many just think of it as a "trend" and not a real health issue. My celiac husband usually just tells folks that he is allergic since that is easier for people to understand. When he was in the hospital recently, the nurses tried to give him wheat crackers to take with his medicine! Luckily, he was awake enough to tell them he couldn't eat them. I was able to go to the vending machine and buy him peanut M&M's (they are gluten free) and the nurses LAUGHED at me, they were highly amused by it. Even though I tried to explain celiac disease (to nurses!) I still don't think they understood. Oh dear, it all comes down to respect, doesn't it.. I think if someone told me that they could only eat purple foods and only on a Tuesday, I think I would call the store for them and make sure they had eggplants, grapes and plums on the Monday before!
Many good foods just happen to be gluten-free. There is nothing magical about it...it just means, the foods should not contain wheat, barley, rye or oats. (Yes, I know it is possible for oats to be gluten free but my husband still does not trust them.) I am very thankful for those stores that now have gluten free lists for their products and also for those brave companies willing to put those wonderful, beautiful words on their labels: GLUTEN FREE.