For 63 years me and my folks + family never wore latex gloves to prepare meals. All of us washed our hands before and periodically during prep. A common practice! Even if you did not need to. We never got sick and the tactile sense from the fingers, I feel, added to the preparation!
Why are people like Elton Brown on the Food Channel always wearing gloves now? I see other programs where the "Chefs" or "cooks" wear them. My impression is that these people do not wash! Ask Emeril why he wont wear gloves? Another "yuppie" sanitary thing which makes no sense unless you work in a place where "sanitation" is not required.
This sanitary requirement is part of training. Next thing are nose covers so you cannot smell what you are cooking either! Give me a break and, I turn these programs off as soon as see this!