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    Charlize Theron Calls "BS" on Gluten-free Diet Fadists

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Celiac.com 08/29/2014 - Well, we haven’t had a good gluten-free celebrity dustup in a while, so I’m happy to report that the most recent shots have been fired by actor Charlize Theron, who called ‘b$#@@#$$’ on the non-celiac gluten-free diet fad in Hollywood.

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons--Gage SkidmoreTalk show host Chelsea Handler asked Theron about her thoughts on the gluten-free cupcakes Handler sent her last Christmas.

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    That prompt was enough for Theron to share her true feelings about both the cupcakes, and the whole (we assume she means ‘fad’) “gluten free” issue in general.

    “I just think that if you are gonna send a gift, let it be enjoyable. Why send me a very cupcake with no sugar in it? What’s the use? There’s no use. It tastes like cardboard! And this was the ultimate test,

    Not only did the cupcakes taste “like cardboard,” but Theron found few takers when she tried to pawn them off; even to a bunch of ‘fashion people,’ who ‘love skinny stuff…even they couldn’t eat it.”

    Nor would her cleaning ladies. Nor, according to Theron, would her dogs. “My dogs wouldn’t even eat it. I couldn’t get rid of the goddamned cupcakes in my kitchen.”

    Theron went on to say that she thinks “the gluten-free thing is b$#@@#$$. I’m sorry, that’s just me. I don’t believe it and I think studies now recently just proved that it is b$#@@#$$. But I actually do think it’s b$#@@#$$.”

    So, whether you agree with her or not, Theron has officially put her Hollywood friends on notice about their fad gluten-free diets, and clearly stated what so many Americans have felt for some time: For people without celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is “b$#@@#$$.”

    With the most recent and comprehensive studies now casting serious doubt over the existence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, what do you think? Is Theron onto something, or is she being way too dramatic? Share your thoughts below.

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    Fad or not, celiac or not, gluten sensitive or not, I am dumbfounded as to why the gluten-free haters care so much about what complete strangers eat. Their message: "if you do not conform to what I believe you should do, then you are stupid", or in their words, you are BS. My message: Worry about yourself and keep your nose out of my food pantry.

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    It doesn't matter to me what people do. If they want to be gluten free because it makes them feel good - so what. If they aren't celiac and want to get others to do as they do, so what - if people cannot make up their own minds.....and need to follow a celebrity to give their lives meaning....well, I feel sorry for them, but so what!

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    I have stayed away from gluten for almost 5 years now and I can't believe what I was going through before that. It doesn't matter what people say, when something bothers you, it is for your comfort and health to stay away from it. I'll be pissed if someone gave me a dairy free ice cream and I'd say lactose free is BS. But I helped my cousin find out he is lactose intolerant and he thanks me every day.

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    I have to agree in a way--when I want a baked good, I want it to taste real. I don't want it sweetened with fruit juice or agave (or worse, raisins/dates!). I want it to taste decadent. Not "gluten free." I'm not doing this to lose weight or get rid of sugar. I'm gluten free because gluten makes my bowels bleed.


    I also have a tendency to roll my eyes when I see any of the following words used in the same sentence as "gluten": Naturopath, chiropractor, brain fog, leaky gut. The first two are not people who should be diagnosing your celiac disease. The last two are not real medical diagnoses/symptoms. I'm so tired of people self-diagnosing with gluten sensitivity because, "I get confused when I eat gluten."


    Stuff like that just makes it harder for the rest of us, because people think that nothing bad will happen if we eat gluten, or that we're making it up/crazy. Or they get it in their heads that it's like lactose intolerance. And bazillions of people who have lactose intolerance go on and eat dairy. Soooo ...

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    Whereas I have no doubt she has friends that are vegetarian and she probably lauds them and supports their diet as a means to help the Earth. I know I certainly get a lot less attentive care at restaurants for my medically diagnosed coeliac than my vegetarian friends do for their chosen diet. Wait staff go out of their way to make suggestions or offer ways to make dishes vegetarian for them when their diet is purely voluntary. Whereas I get rolled eyes and sounds of exasperation when I ask if a particular dish could possibly be made without including the crumb topping. So sorry my wishing to avoid a week of hellish symptoms is disturbing your mental calm, uncaring wait staff! As my spouse says, the best thing would be is if people with this attitude could develop the problem themselves, temporarily, just to see what we go through and begin to understand and start treating others with respect.

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    Celebrities on a talk show are hardly a good source of medical information, but she has a right to not like gluten-free baked goods and be vocal about it.

    I've explained what changes a person goes through after a diagnosis, and the process of just getting the diagnosis. Many listened just long enough to say they'd rather not find out.

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    She is spot on and stinging the stupid! I love it !!

    Every human being is ever so slightly bio-chemically individual and at the same time dramatically bio-chemically similar. If eating bread gives you the farts and as tummy ache .... then don't eat bread .... duh dummy!

    The hype associated with gluten is generated by money hungry assholes who would just as soon sell you air if you would buy it ... and yes, some of you are just gullible to buy air. How sad.

    Tequila gives me heart burn ... I don't drink it for that reason. Cumin gives me heart burn ... I avoid dishes with cumin ... DUH.

    even the slightest amount of rum gives me a head ache ?? so I don't drink rum drinks ... and at the same time Crown Royal ... even a little too much doesn't even give me a headache.

    We all have sensitivities to chemicals we ingest .... so figure out what yours are and avoid the. Whatever you do .... DO NOT fall prey to the jerks that simply want to jam it into to your .... you know what.

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    Do you even have celiac disease Jefferson Adams. Never once does this actress mention celiac disease and says if ANYONE CANNOT EAT GLUTEN that they will be told to leave her house. As a celiac, I did not find this funny at all or even helpful to those who have CELIAC DISEASE. Your article is basically complementing the Genius of this NO TALENT ACTRESS. Telling people to leave her house when she never even mentions celiac to me is discriminatory.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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