Miley Cyrus Goes Gluten Free & The Press Doesn’t Like It
Another celebrity brings press attention to the gluten free diet, but it’s not all positive. This week, singer Miley Cyrus became the latest celebrity to endorse a gluten-free diet, claiming she has a gluten and lactose allergy.
“For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!” she tweeted Sunday.
Later that day she added, “everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!”
Cyrus, who has recently been photographed taking a lot of pilates classes and looking fit, may indeed be thriving on the challenging gluten-free diet, a tough regimen that cuts out wheat. barley and rye. (LA Times)
She says she’s lost weight on her new gluten free diet, but that may in fact, be due to the fact that she’s cut out her steady diet of beloved junk food.
“This response sparked attention, from multiple critics. Heather Mangieri, a registered dietitian in Pittsburgh and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said, ‘We actually see people gaining weight on gluten-free diets. That’s because dieters craving bread, waffles and cookies may load up on gluten-free versions that add fat and sugar to make up for lost taste and texture.’” (Huffington Post)
Critics are quick to point out that a doctor should be involved with diagnosing celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity before going gluten free, and they often point out their opinion that the gluten free diet isn’t for everyone.
Why all the criticism of gluten free diets? While a gluten free diet does not automatically guarantee weight loss, many people are helped by a gluten free diet, including those with autoimmune disorders, ADD, autism, skin disorders, to name a few. A gluten free diet certainly won’t hurt you, especially if you are supplementing with the vitamins and minerals that you are missing by not consuming fortified wheat products (see a health professional who understands the gluten free diet if you are unsure), and it may just help a variety of health issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the majority of the articles that surround Mylie’s new diet would wish her well, congratulate her for doing something good for her health, and point out the benefits of a gluten free diet for those who need it?
People love their gluten. Hostility seems to arise as more and more people find issue with gluten in their diets, especially well known people, and then begin to tell everyone they should give up gluten as well. Last night on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno said, “I didn’t know how much I loved gluten until I had a gluten free cookie.”
No. Everyone doesn’t need to go gluten free, but many find it very beneficial.
Nothing contained here constitutes medical advice. See a health professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.