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

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    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.

    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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    Why is this even published here? Who cares if Hollywood is going gluten-free for a fad. As far as gluten-free cup cakes are concerned, in Hinsdale, IL there's bakery called Sweet Ali's and their cup cakes and everything else will knock your socks off. They're packaged in cardboard boxes but their taste is beyond Heavenly.

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    My mom and I have celiac and I also have IBS. If you do not have this or not gluten intolerant like many of us are, leave us alone, this not a diet for healthy people to be on, just for losing weight. The gluten free foods are out there for people that have this problem not for the EGO ACTORS AND ACTRESSES out there.

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    I'm glad she said what she said. Too many people without gluten issues think that gluten free diet is a weight loss fad or gimmick. This belittles and trivializes the real reason many people with celiac and gluten sensitivity NEED to remove gluten from their diets.

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    Stop giving airtime to people who have obviously not done their research and/ or do not know how to read and interpret scientific studies. See expert researcher Dr. Alessio Fasano or Dr. Perlmutter or Dr. Tom O'Brian's work...

    Agreed. It's easy to think b$#@@#$$ until diagnosed. May that be her fate.

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    Find it interesting that she talks about a gluten-free cupcake not containing sugar. She obviously doesn't know what gluten is. Because of celiac, I eat gluten free for my health but bake delicious desserts and yes, they contain sugar. Gluten-free isn't a fad if it makes you feel better. She needs to get a life and choose a different soap box. If she doesn't want the gluten-free cupcakes, throw them away and buy a Twinkie. For one, I'm thankful that more restaurants are mindful of my needs and take precautions so I can again eat out.

    Exactly. Gluten-free cupcakes, brownies and cookies, they are very very good especially if you make them from home. They have sugar and she was obviously not enlightened before she made an ass of herself.

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    My daughter had gluten sensitivity and health issues her whole life but the antibodies and villi damage did not show up until she was 23 yrs old so is Chalize saying my daughters health problems for 23 yrs was b$#@@#$$??? This kind of messages just encourages people not to pursue looking into the possibility that gluten could be causing their many health issues that doctors have no answer for. We're just not education the public well on what gluten does to your body if you are sensitive or celiac. Sad....

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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 ...

    Your comments can be so depressing to newly diagnosed celiacs. Rest assured that gluten free sweets can be absolutely delicious, decadent. Tasteless food is bad due to bad cooks not due to being gluten free. There are all kinds of wonderful cakes and cupcakes made with almonds pistachios and many other flours. In Spanish cuisine there are quite a few traditional sweets which are delicious AND gluten free so they are just normal not exceptional because of being gluten free

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    Charlize's argument has many holes, obviously. She is not arguing for a good cause. But there are "health nuts" out there who do get it all wrong (less fat, egg whites only, whole wheat, whole grain, etc). Those were previous "fads" that science has now debunked. There is a reason people are going "gluten free." There are just way too many GI issues in the US. I may not have a specific wheat protein (gluten) sensitivity, but I know that cutting out whole wheat, pasta and other grains has improved my SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). To be a real "health nut," eat REAL FOOD. "Gluten-free" versions are not REAL food. Sorry, but we can't eat cupcakes without suffering anymore, unless we use magical flour (usually coconut or rice flour will do; but starches screw me up). By going Paleo and choosing to cook real food (meat and veggies-and select dairy for me) with the highest nutritional content, I'm winning. Charlize may call this yet another "fad." However, she also might have a more evolved GI tract than others, so she cannot fathom how someone's plumbing doesn't work very well.

    The take-away: I think that the awareness brought about by those who are choosing to be more health conscious, even if they do not suffer from IBS, SIBO, Celiacs, UC, IBDs, etc. is helping those of us who do. Maybe going out to eat with Paleo, FODMAPS, GAPS, or gluten-free options will make life a little bit easier and enjoyable for the rest of us. (and we won't have to tolerate poor ingredients in cupcakes to substitute for wheat. Life doesn't have to be this hard.

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    Did she say it's BS UNLESS YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE? Her comments only make people roll their eyes at you when you explain that you have order/buy/eat gluten free when, unless you explain that you HAVE to because you have celiac disease. Grrr.

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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 2,000 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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