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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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    My daughter has celiac disease and takes a sandwich in her lunch to school every day. Just because you are gluten free, by necessity or by choice, does not mean you cannot eat bread. It has come along way, trust me. As far as Oprah Winfrey's comments about bread, in my opinion it has nothing to do with her thoughts on gluten. She just enjoys bread and good for her that she is able to fit it into her diet and continue to lose weight. If removing gluten from a persons diet makes them feel better, celiac or not, I cannot imagine a comment by one person is going to change that. If it does, then they have bigger issues than bread!

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    I laughed when I saw the commercial and told my husband that she needs to start eating gluten free bread and see how much she likes it then. I used to love bread too until I had to give it up permanently and opt for the gluten free/taste free/bad texture variety.

     

    At least she is promoting a diet like Weight Watchers instead of jumping on the gluten free diet bandwagon to lose weight. The misconception that many people have equating gluten free with healthier drives me nuts.

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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.

    Right on, Kelly - and I have celiac. This type of an article is just so much rubbish. What is it even doing on here ?? So wish I could join Oprah in eating bread every day.

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    It's not only that gluten based breads are bad for those with celiac and intolerance, it's also that gluten is bad for humans in general. There have been many studies linking gluten intake to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, skin disorders, IBS and many many other diseases and disorders.

     

    A friend who is a medical student said to me: There is a reason why a cow has 4 parts to its stomach, so it can digest it properly.

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    I eat bread every day. Gluten-free bread. It's as good as anything I ate before being diagnosed with celiac. Oprah is a master manipulator making way too much money off of her weight issues.

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    I'm sure that bread manufacturers are paying her to say this. (She doesn't seem to do much for free.) You know they're hurting with this huge gluten-free trend and to have someone like Oprah buy Weight Watchers and then spread the word that you can eat bread and still lose weight? Everything they could want!

     

    I miss bread every day: the real thing. I don't even buy the gluten-free crap they sell at the store.

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    Really? Really? Oprah obviously loves everything. If she didn't, she wouldn't have yo-yo dieted her entire life. She's a terrible example, yet there are people who still hang on her every word.

     

    And now she essentially owns Weight Watchers. How much is enough, Oprah? Do you want to be remembered as the Gordon Gekko of the 21st century? She cloaks her wealth with the occasional, obscenely public show of charity, but something is obviously still missing from your life if you need to fill it with things. Maybe coming out of the closet is the answer.

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    Really, I believe that only simpletons will follow Oprah down this path. She has NEVER been able to control her weight, with all of her diets. She has yet to learn moderation.

     

    As with Celiacs and those who are Gluten Intolerant, we have to use will power and discipline to avoid eating foods that are not good for us.

     

    If you CAN eat bread, good for you. But should you eat bread? Quite another matter.

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    Some folks have to learn the hard way. I was one. We cannot save Oprah from herself, she has to live her life making her choices and decisions based on what she knows. Who people listen to is also their choice. This is truly an educational moment! Don't blow it.

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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 would LOVE nothing more than to enjoy a New York pizza with an ice cold Budweiser!! And even better, just eating out at restaurant without the fear of getting ill! Gluten free is awful, extremely expensive and difficult away from home plain and simple. And no matter how hard one tries it is not the same as normal products that are intended to contain gluten.

     

    So, if Ms Oprah loves bread and eats it everyday then good for her!

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    Gluten might make other people stronger and gluten free diets my be good for others. When you talk about celiac patients gluten is never good for them. If you have not been a celiac patient you don't understand how having no gluten can take your weight down and if you already only way 95 pounds and never any higher, a gluten free diet is not going to make you stronger. If you are not a celiac patient gluten free diets won't bother you as much because you can eat other foods. Some celiac patients have more than just gluten problems, some have nut, dairy, soy, and other allergens. So stop telling the celiac patients the diet is good for them unless you have the disease and are on the diet. Gluten free diets can make a celiac patient lose weight but that's not a problem they have. You cannot compare people without this disease to people who have it. That's what people are doing. Take one day in a celiac patients diet and yes you will not be energetic, strong, healthy, and happy like you people who are not gluten intolerant. My son has had this problem since he was born and was diagnosed at 15, yes by then he was 90 pounds 5 foot 8 and weak. So you cannot compare Oprah and athletes to these people who are suffering everyday. How would you like to sleep half of your life since you have no energy. How would you like to never experience the outdoors since you cannot stay awake long enough. How would you like to be sick all the time and not experience the good things in life. So stop comparing yourself to these innocent children who are not living a life of luxury like you do. Try paying for a cake mix for seven dollars, or a cookie which costs 3 dollars. Then tell me we should not make a big deal out of Oprah and her bread. People like her are not helping the cause by making it look like gluten is not bad for you. She doesn't know the half of it. She has a family and some of these people will never experience this in their lives.

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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!

    I have been gluten-free for more years than I can count. Today is a cake walk to be gluten-free compared to 40 years ago. There are many excellent products out which are down right delicious.

     

    Oprah can't lose weight if she lives on bread, impossible, the carbs are the carbs, count points, calories, etc. Everything in moderation is the answer.

     

    All products at our grocery are mostly over engineered products which is causing many problems with our intestinal tracts.

     

    A great flour just on the market and readily available is Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 All Purpose gluten-free Flour. I have tried many, many brands and this one gets 10 Stars from me. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed, promise. You can use a recipe from 100 years and just convert some the ingredients i.e. Baking powder, vanilla etc. you get the idea and it is awesome tasting and no one with no it is gluten-free.

     

    If Oprah went gluten-free her thyroid would improve quickly.

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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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