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    Oprah Tweets Love of Bread, Losing Weight

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    Caption: Photo: Wikimedia Commons--Aphrodite-in-NYC

    Celiac.com 02/05/2016 - Oprah Winfrey may have just officially pardoned gluten, and her "glorious revelation that bread is okay" is causing a big stir.

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons--Aphrodite-in-NYCWhen Oprah Winfrey speaks, people listen. That's why it was a big deal a while back when Oprah started a book club: People bought the books she featured. Lots of people.

    That's why it's such a big deal when the famous television producer and talk show diva sings the praises of gluten in a recent Tweet about the virtues of bread. According to Winfrey, who Tweeted an ad for Weight Watchers, she eats bread every day, but still managed to lose weight. Moreover, she doesn't just eat bread and lose weight, she loves bread. She heaps high praise upon it. Oprah's Tweet contains a video that reiterates her deep love of bread.

    Oprah's Tweet read, in part:

    "Eat bread. Lose weight. Whaaatttt? #ComeJoinMe"

    Find more Tweets from Oprah on Twitter. Winfrey, of course, owns 6.4 million shares of Weight Watchers, whose stock prices have skyrocketed. The New York Daily News has called this a "$20 million Tweet."

    Read more in Salon's interview with health-sciences researcher Timothy Caulfield.

    So, will Oprah help make bread cool again? Only time will tell. Of course, for people with celiac disease and gluten-intolerance, bread will never be cool again, but that's another story.


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    People...not everyone in the world has celiac or gluten in-tolerance. who doesn't love bread? seriously. Are you really going to tell me you're happy with your lame, no taste, no texture gluten-free Bread??? come on. I have celiac and I would love to eat bread every day. Why should we, the people with problems with gluten interfere with people who are not sick from gluten? It is just ridiculous to me reading this crap every week. Back off.

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    Thanks for your great newsletter. I've been gluten free since 2006.

     

    I can understand your concern. I'm sure some will be overly influenced and take it as an edict that gluten is great. Hopefully, most will be a bit more discerning.

     

    I think Oprah's just saying she loves bread. Who doesn't? The point she's making is, she's been able to lose weight and still feel satisfied and enjoy food.

     

    Nowadays, there's plenty of information available to everyone regarding gluten issues. People can find it and look into it on their own.

     

    Does Oprah have a gluten problem? Who knows? I know she's had some thyroid issues. I hope she gets them resolved fully.

     

    I'm happy for her that she's giving weight loss another go, and I'm sure we all wish her the best of success in this regard.

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    People...not everyone in the world has celiac or gluten in-tolerance. who doesn't love bread? seriously. Are you really going to tell me you're happy with your lame, no taste, no texture gluten-free Bread??? come on. I have celiac and I would love to eat bread every day. Why should we, the people with problems with gluten interfere with people who are not sick from gluten? It is just ridiculous to me reading this crap every week. Back off.

    Completely agree with you, Kelly. So many new sandwich shops have popped up since I was diagnosed. People rave about these places, yet I don't get to try them out. It's brutal. I want so badly to have regular bread again. I don't begrudge people who can eat it without issue.

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    This article implies that bread has to have gluten in it.

    I currently enjoy fantastic locally made gluten-free bread from Canyon Bakehouse in Loveland, CO. I realize not everyone has access to delicious gluten-free bread. You can order it on line and have it delivered, along with about 12 other gluten-free brands that are excellent. We have a local chef here in Boulder, CO, who is Italian. She is marketing her own line of gluten-free products. I make all of my holiday cookies with her "Bella Gluten Free all purpose flour" and my friends can't tell they are gluten-free (high praise in my book).

    According to Weight Watchers point system, a piece of bread is 2 pts, whether its gluten-free or not. It is still a matter of calories, glycemic index, and the rest. Its still a carb even though it's gluten-free.

    I have been off gluten for >10 years, and eat all kinds of delicious food, including bread, pasta, cookies, cake, bagels, all excellent quality. Its out there people, you just need to look for it, delicious gluten-free food. But you can still eat more than you need to, so with all things, moderation!

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    People...not everyone in the world has celiac or gluten in-tolerance. who doesn't love bread? seriously. Are you really going to tell me you're happy with your lame, no taste, no texture gluten-free Bread??? come on. I have celiac and I would love to eat bread every day. Why should we, the people with problems with gluten interfere with people who are not sick from gluten? It is just ridiculous to me reading this crap every week. Back off.

    I couldn't agree more! I've been gluten free for 15 years now & would love to eat "real" bread, cake, etc. I have found that Udi's brand is pretty good but prefer to bake my own. Recently, I discovered Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain mix & I am in love with bread again!!! So much so that I need to limit my intake so as not to pack on the pounds. Leave Oprah & all those non-celiac, gluten-sensitive folks alone. I'm not diabetic, but my diabetic friends don't get upset when I have some food they can't indulge in! Give it a break, People!!

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    I actually lost weight eating bread too.

     

    Gluten seemed to just go right through me and it took all the important vitamins and minerals with it, so that I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at 43.

     

    Oprah on the other hand is representing Weight Watchers (for a fee). Weight Watchers makes money helping people lose weight. One of the most highly touted ways to lose weight these days is through avoiding gluten, so Oprah is saying that for those who can eat gluten without negative health effects, Weight Watchers will let you eat it still.

     

    There is also a bit of a backlash (I think) against the gluten free diet where those who do not have a "celiac" diagnosis, but are gluten intolerant are now being stigmatized as vanity diets. It would be nice if Oprah acknowledged that there are those who can't eat it or chose not to eat it and that is ok too.

     

    People are strange. I don't really care what anyone else eats. I just want to be able to eat safely and I've found that the more people who avoid gluten, the better and less expensive my options.

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    The statement that Oprah has "pardoned" gluten is insane. She said she likes bread. If she eats it and isn't a celiac or gluten sensitive, why is her statement that she likes bread even an issue for this site? I love bread. Wish I could still have it, make it, smell the real stuff. I can't but I don't impose that on other people. Until someone takes a stand that gluten is fine for everyone, I don't have a problem. An article like this is enough to make me want to get off the mailing list.

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    hmmm. She loves bread. Ok fine. She eats bread and can loose weight. Who cares. Look at her, weight on, weight off, weight on...... I'm happy you love to eat bread. I'm happy I don't eat bread and am healthy.

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    People...not everyone in the world has celiac or gluten in-tolerance. who doesn't love bread? seriously. Are you really going to tell me you're happy with your lame, no taste, no texture gluten-free Bread??? come on. I have celiac and I would love to eat bread every day. Why should we, the people with problems with gluten interfere with people who are not sick from gluten? It is just ridiculous to me reading this crap every week. Back off.

    Perhaps your one of the fortunate ones who has a diagnoses. This is not the case with everyone. I just talked with a man the other day who almost lost his daughter before they were able to get a diagnoses. I too have a diagnoses. I do not want to eat bread or anything that contains gluten ever again. I'm perfectly satisfied with my diet. I not only have celiac, I also have an intestinal fungal infection to deal with. This means no starch or sweets except a small amount of fruit. I live on meat and vegetables dishes, prepared at home and I do not crave the things that I cannot have. For the most part, I eat no grains at all. From what I read from various doctors, the gluten in the wheat we have today does not even resemble the gluten in the wheat we had 50 years ago. I remember when wheat grew 5-6 feet tall. Now it grows to about 3 feet.

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    I agree that those who can eat gluten containing bread should enjoy it. Having celiac disease has not been a pitty party for me. I discovered a new love of cooking and I am a lot healthier for it and I eat some great homemade gluten free breads. Trader Joe's also makes a great whole grain bread that I eat just about every morning for breakfast. Having 2 other autoimmune diseases as well as celiac disease has put a whole new perspective on life. Enjoy what you have for you do not know what tomorrow brings. Enjoy your bread Oprah!!

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    She is singing the praises of BREAD. Not GLUTEN. Terribly misleading opening to article. Disappointed that celiac site writer has to twist Opra'hs happiness into "oh woe us poor celiacs". No wonder people roll their eyes at our diet.

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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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