No popular authors found.
Ads by Google:

Categories

No categories found.


Get Celiac.com's E-Newsletter




Ads by Google:



Follow / Share


  FOLLOW US:
Twitter Facebook Google Plus Pinterest RSS Podcast Email  Get Email Alerts

SHARE:

Popular Articles

No popular articles found.
Celiac.com Sponsors:

Are Celebrities Putting Too Much Glamor on Gluten-free Diet?


More celebrities than ever are on a gluten-free diet. Photo: Fake Hollywood sign - CC-Marcus_Vegas

Celiac.com 10/29/2010 - From Elisabeth Hasselbeck's popular book, The G-Free Diet, to Chelsea Clinton's gluten-free wedding cake to Gwyneth Paltrow's website praises, the focus these days seems to be on gluten, or, rather, on going gluten-free.

Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, is fast becoming like high-fructose corn syrup, or rBGH, products whose name gets mentioned only to tell people it's not an ingredient in what they are about to eat or drink.

More and more, people mention gluten to say that they do not eat it, and to talk about the lengths they go to exclude it from their diet. Even the new Old Spice guy avoids the ubiquitous protein to help stay buff, he told Jay Leno on a recent television appearance.

In some ways, going gluten-free is the latest twist on the low-carb diet fad of the late nineties. In some cases, the gluten-free diet, which is a must for people with celiac disease or gluten-intolerance, is just the latest diet to be chatted up on daytime talk shows, promoted by beautiful celebrities, and tried by multitudes.

For the benefit of people with celiac disease and gluten-intolerance, the number of gluten-free products on grocery shelves has exploded over the last five years. Once scarce or nonexistent, products like gluten-free pasta, pizza, cookies, crackers, cereal and, yes, even beer have opened up a whole new range of dietary possibilities for celiacs and non-celiacs alike.

Ads by Google:

Still, some are concerned that many who do not need, and will not benefit from a gluten-free diet may be setting themselves up for just the latest dietary failure.

As with regular people, so with celebrities. For people with celiac disease and gluten-intolerance, a gluten-free diet and a gluten-free life are both necessary and beneficial, helping these people to stabilize their immune systems and to avoid associated disorders.

So, while celebrities with celiac disease or gluten-intolerance require and benefit from a gluten-free diet, everyone else does not require it, and will gain questionable benefits from adopting the diet. The gluten-free diet is not a way for people without celiac disease and gluten-intolerance to automatically lose weight. That's in part because many gluten-free products are no healthier than their gluten-free counterparts. A cheese-doodle is pretty much a cheese-doodle, whether it contains wheat or not.

For people without celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity, eating wholesome breads or pastas that contain gluten is not only delicious, but part of a healthy, balanced diet. So, after the summer buzz dies down, those folks might want to go back to their gluten.

Not only is gluten an essential protein that gives traditional breads and pastas their flexible, chewy structure, it often is used to thicken processed foods like ketchup and ice cream.

People who suspect that they have celiac disease or gluten intolerance should get tested, and consult a qualified medical professional. People seeking to model themselves after celebrities should look to do so in more productive ways than adopting a gluten-free diet without needing to do so. There's just no good evidence to support the idea that eating gluten-free will help people to safely lose weight.

Celiac.com welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).





Spread The Word







Related Articles



7 Responses:

 
Albert
Rating: ratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on
01 Nov 2010 4:17:22 AM PDT
Many studies and research has been done, that gluten is effecting everybody; some less, some more. Eventually The effect is severe in most people as age progresses. Then it is too late to switch to gluten free diet. In my humble opinion it is better to be safe, than sorry.
It surprises me that article like this came from you, who is well respected and educated in celiac community.

 
Scott
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on
22 Jul 2011 2:38:47 AM PDT
What study? where was it published and by who I would love to read that considering I've never heard any doctor or anyone say that ever.

 
Maddy
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on
01 Nov 2010 8:39:12 AM PDT
According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, it may be that 3 out of 4 women will develop a wheat sensitivity as they hit middle age. So, reducing or eliminating wheat is probably a good thing. Also, the natural food gurus keep pushing whole wheat products incessantly, which may be triggering some intolerance and could lead to further problems down the road. Stuffing your kids with these amplified wheat products is probably predisposing them to intolerances later on. Also, over the years wheat has been modified for growing conditions - do we really know what the genetic changes have wrought?

 
rick lenger
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on
01 Nov 2010 10:08:11 AM PDT
Gluten-free diets may not help people lose weight, but I believe everyone would benefit from a gluten-free diet. Gluten is toxic for everybody.

 
Robin Bethel
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on
01 Nov 2010 1:33:36 PM PDT
The conclusion of this article seems to imply that you should not consider a gluten-free diet unless a doctor confirms your gluten intolerance. This contradicts much of the gluten-free community's experience--and articles on the issue--where a gluten-free diet may alleviate many people's physical symptoms, but they are not clinically diagnosed with celiac disease.

 
weezy
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on
02 Nov 2010 11:15:52 AM PDT
I think the point of the article was to the effect that "going gluten-free because a celebrity is gluten-free may be much like following a lemming over a cliff."
there are reasons to go gluten-free -- some of which are based on confirmed CD/CS diagnosis and some of which are based on one's own awareness of what one's body tells oneself.
Another important aspect of the article is basically to know what one is consuming and to make decisions re consumption based upon valid, relevant, appropriate reasons.
The LAST thing that those of us who NEED gluten-free products to survive (i.e., we have CD/CS) and those of who WANT gluten-free products for other reasons should want to see is the gluten-free diet/lifestyle being relegated to cult or celebrity or hair-brained status.
What if your insurance company begins to look at CD/CS as being merely something you think you have in order to emulate the celebrity of the month.
A few years back, my insurance company would not pay for osteoporosis screening (i was "TOO YOUNG" -- notwithstanding that I had shrunk from 5'5 1/2" to 5'4") UNTIL i "proved" to them that CD/CS was a marker for early onset osteoporosis.
Now I am arguing with them re othotics re the peripheral neuropothy and balance problems (see companion article re ganglionopthy!!). The Insurance company has stopped paying for othotics unless one has diabetes. If the CD/CS is linked to my gait and balance problems, then the need for gluten-free products gets even more critical.

 
Sunnie
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on
04 Nov 2010 7:53:53 AM PDT
Sometimes having the celebrities supporting an issue it helps get it more focus. I have not been diagnosed celiac but I am definitely know that I have gluten intolerance. I don't believe the testing has been refined enough to find all cases of gluten problems. I think in time, they will develop better tests.

The awareness of the problem IMO, is only helping the people that truly need it. It is helping companies and restaurants learn that it is truly a problem for many people and how to accommodate these people. I know that Outback has really gone out of their way to learn about how to prepare gluten free foods for their customers. More people and servers, know about gluten free and can help you have a good dining out experience.

People will always think what they want to no matter what anyone says or does. I think the attention and focus on gluten is only helping those that really need it. Insurances are going to do whatever they want to. They really aren't there to help people, it still is business for profit.




Rate this article and leave a comment:
Rating: * Poor Excellent
Your Name *: Email (private) *:




In Celiac.com's Forum Now:

All Activity
Celiac.com Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Diet Forum - All Activity

KathleenH, I swear by MatteosPizza and they make National Delivery. I have been known to buy them by the dozen. https://www.matteospizza.com/ BellaMonica's is not a bad corn based crust. By not bad I mean "suprisingly good" that can be bought at most grocery stores. Here is there ZIP locator page to see if they are carried in your local area. http://glutenfreepizza.typepad.com/gluten-free-pizza/where-to-find-bella-monica.html I hope this is helpful. posterboy,

Hey all--have Hashimoto's and am being worked up for epigastric discomfort and IBS like symptoms--- My blood work had an IgA within the lower end of normal range, negative TTG, but weakly positive DGP. My endoscopy showed a "nodular" duodenum with the biopsy stating there was "reactive lymphoid hyperplasia"... I have a follow-up with the GI in 3 weeks. Wondering about any help?

DH wasn't linked to celiacs until 1967 from my research...

I was at a used book sale yesterday and happened to see an old dermatological textbook. Of course the first thing I looked up was dh just to see what it had to say. What I read shocked me as well as scared me half to death. The description of dh was right on, severe itching, blistering, bilateral, arms/elbows etc. but there was no mention at all of celiac, wheat, gluten or anything along that line. The reason they gave for the cause of dh was "a manifestation of an internal cancer," and later it said it results from cancer, usually cancer of the ovaries or one other that I can't remember. Being a hypochondriac, this was about enough to put me into cardiac arrest. I looked at the publication date and it was printed in 1963 which really isn't all that far back. Has anyone else ever heard of this?? I thought by 1963 they were quite certain that dh was a form of celiac or did it come way after that? Sorry if I'm freaking anyone out by asking this. That's not my intent at all, but since cancer is one of my biggest fears I found this rather unsettling.

Feeneyja, This will be a little long but I will try to be brief as possible. See this discussion thread that talks about how Pellagra is often diagnosed as other disease's today because doctor's rarely recognize it today in a clinical setting. Pellagra's is described as the 3 D's if you don't count the 4th D of death if it goes long enough and is not diagnosed in a timely manner. Dementia (Neurological) Digestive (GI problems), Dermatitis issues (Ezcema, Psorsias, Acne etc.) According to mdguidelines website http://www.mdguidelines.com/pellagra indicates that quoting ?The diagnosis of pellagra is straightforward when the classic rash is present but may be elusive if there are only gastrointestinal and/or neurological manifestations.? And why I believe in many cases Pellagra goes undiagnosed today. Because doctor's have forgotten how it presents. A longer researcher article about the neurological presentations of pellagra mention the many ways a Niacin deficiency can present itself. Here is the link https://www.hindawi.com/journals/cggr/2012/302875/ and I will quote some of the neurological/dementia related symptom's of an undiagnosed pellagra patient. "Mental symptoms were wider than dementia, in that depression, fatigue, psychomotor retardation, mania, obsessions, and a whole range of psychoses with auditory and visual hallucinations were well described, along with personality change and sociopathic and drug and alcohol addictive behaviours. Panic disorders were seen as was a general inability to deal with physical or mental stress. Poor brain development such as hydrocephalus or cerebral palsy was also common. Acute delirium or even coma occurred, with some patients having myoclonus and other extrapyramidal signs reminiscent of the spongiform encephalopathies. The dementias of pellagra included features akin to Lewy body, Alzheimer?s, frontotemporal, vascular, and prion diseases. Parkinsonism was also common and a festinant gait was first described in pellagrins. Tremors of various descriptions, including asymmetric rest tremors, were noted and some patients had typical paralysis agitans. Pellagrins had a characteristic expressionless facies, so some signs of parkinsonism were present in most cases. Many features of pellagra closely resemble the nonmotor aspects of PD. The neurological manifestation did not stop there because other degenerative conditions, such as an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-like picture, were described, with fasciculation of the tongue and upper and lower motor neuron signs. Cerebellar syndromes occurred and vertigo was frequent. Headaches, sensory and pain syndromes, epilepsy, and involuntary movements were noted as well as sleep disturbances. Cord lesions were also seen, as was optic atrophy, so there were multiple sclerosis (MS), like variants." It is me again. You can see the neurological symptom's of Pellagra are severe and wide ranging. Taking Niacinamide 3/day for 6 months can alleviate many of these symptom's if your daughter has subclinical pellagra and the doctor's don't know to look for it. I had deep depression for many, many years and I shudder to think now that only a Vitamin could of helped me 30+ years ago and the doctor's didn't know to look for it. Shoot it isn't just Niacin. All B-Vitamin's help your stress levels. IF you have stress B-Vitamins can help your stress levels. I take Folic Acid for Blood pressure problems and it keeps my BP with in a normal range. A article on celac.com discussed this topic in detail a few months ago. https://www.celiac.com/articles/24658/1/A-Differential-Diagnosis-How-Pellagra-Can-be-Confused-with-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html I hope it is helpful. Good luck on your continued journey. If you have never heard of Pellagra you are not alone. Dr. Heaney discusses why this is so in his online article Pellagra and the 4 D's. http://blogs.creighton.edu/heaney/2013/11/18/pellagra-and-the-four-ds/ If you don't have time to read the whole hindawi article I also suggest this shorter but informative blog about why a Niacin deficiency can cause dementia related conditions. https://pellagradisease.wordpress.com/ Then decide for yourself and your daughter's sake to decide whether to take Niacinamide or not to see if it helps the D's symptom's she is experiencing (Digestive, Dementia etc.) The International Journal of Celiac Disease makes note of this in their research that Pellagra could be contributing to symptom's being diagnosed as Celiac disease today instead of a possible (co-morbid) Pellagra that causes the same symptom's. When they discuss how Pellagra and Celiac disease are related (Co-Morbid) in a Celiac diagnosis are surprised to find that in 58% of Celiac's -- can also be diagnosed with Pellagra. See this link http://pubs.sciepub.com/ijcd/3/1/6/ Quoting 3. Pellagra and celiac disease "The two diseases can be connected in two aspects. 58% of pellagra patients were shown to have malabsorption and many had intestinal pathology on biopsies [36, 37]. Alternatively, Pellagra was described in celiac disease [38]. The skin manifestations in pellagra might have some additional etiologies, since multiple nutrient deficiencies are at the origin of the cutaneous manifestations in celiac disease. The following nutritional deficiencies inducing skin rashes, were describe in celiac disease: Zinc, Iron, Vitamin A, E, B12, niacin, folate, selenium and essential fatty acids [39, 40]." If one is being diagnosed incorrectly the other co-morbid conditions can continue to cause Celiac like symptom's. But if the majority of those who have been diagnosed as Celiac could be helped by taking Niacinamide I see no you reason you shouldn't try it. Or at least research it some more. Again good luck on your continued journey. 2 Timothy 2: 7 ?Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things? this included. Posterboy by the grace of God,