Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Who Is That Chick That's Rocking Gluten Free?

Another day, another gluten free celebrity.  I've previously posted about other celebrities who have jumped on the gluten free bandwagon, including Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Esposito, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Novak Djokovic, and Gwyneth Paltrow.  This time it is teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus, famous from songs like "Party in the USA" and her Disney Channel TV show "Hannah Montana."

According to this article at People magazine, Cyrus has recently been dogged by celebrity reporters about her increasingly gaunt figure.  Miley responded with tweets to her millions of followers which encouraged them to go gluten free for the health benefits.  She also mentioned having gluten and dairy allergies, so it seems she has adopted the gluten free diet under a doctor's orders rather than of her own accord.

It's always nice to see somebody spreading the gluten free gospel, but one has to wonder: are there truly health benefits to going gluten free for those who have no doctor-diagnosed issues with gluten? A CNN article from April 2011 quotes various people in the health field about the potential benefits and   Daniel Leffler, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School has said "Gluten is fairly indigestable [sic] in all people.  There's probably some kind of gluten intolerance in all of us."  However Dee Sandquist, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, warns that people who follow a gluten free diet can often lack Vitamins B and D in their diets so going gluten free is not necessarily a cure all.

I appreciate having another celebrity face for general gluten intolerance but warn people to meet with their dietitian or doctor before jumping to a self-diagnosed gluten free diet.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Miley Cyrus's Secret to Looking Hot: a Gluten-Free Diet
By Alison Schwartz

Will a gluten-free diet improve your health?
By Carina Storrs

1 comment:

Esther Cotton said...

Apparently Dee Sandquist has never heard of eggs, fish, liver, sunlight, or dried shiitake mushrooms (just to name a few). You get plenty of vitamins B and D from those sources, not to mention from several other foods.

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