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More Celebrities Go Gluten-free: Guess Who?

Celiac.com 03/21/2012 - What do Zooey Deschanel, Keith Olbermann and Billy Bob Thornton have in common with tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray? They are all eating gluten-free.

Photo: CC-breezy421Cases of celiac disease have quadrupled in the past 60 years, according to recent research. As the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity continues to rise, so, too, does the of celebrities who avoid gluten due to celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity.

It's not just major athletes, like tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, for whom sporting success requires peak conditioning and efficient nutritional uptake.

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The number Hollywood A-listers and other celebrities who have hoisted the gluten-free flag is rising, as well, and many are singing the praises of their gluten-free diet. Novak Djokovic, for example, credits his switch to a gluten-free diet to his rise to the top of his game, and near dominance in pro tennis events over the last year.

A partial list of some noteworthy celebrities and athletes who reportedly follow a gluten-free diet due to celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, or other reasons include:
pro quarterback Drew Brees, news anchor Heidi Collins, Katherine, Dutchess of Kent, news host Keith Olbermann, actor and writer Billie Bob Thornton, author Sarah Vowell, and actresses Zooey Deschanel, Susie Essman, Jennifer Esposito, Goldie Hahn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emily Rossum, and Rachel Weisz.

Let's not forget that first-daughter emeritus Chelsea Clinton's gluten-free wedding cake made quite a splash.

So, with the growing awareness of celiac disease, and a rising interest in all things gluten-free, count on seeing more gluten-free celebrities and athletes in the news.

And, before you roll your eyes, remember that increased awareness of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet are both upsides of high-profile athletes and celebrities touting a gluten-free diet.

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Charlie
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21 Mar 2012 7:45:27 AM PDT
How many of the celebs are GF because of celiac disease and how many are just fad GF dieters try to be cool or fashionable?

 
admin
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21 Mar 2012 11:15:18 AM PDT
From the perspective of bringing more attention to this issue, it really doesn't matter does it? In this case I believe that any publicity is good publicity.

 
dappycharlie
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26 Mar 2012 7:32:42 AM PDT
Yes, who cares? The celebs may help to get the message out much quicker than we can...

 
Gluten Dude
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22 Mar 2012 5:49:26 AM PDT
I'm very surprised celiac.com would promote this kind of stuff on their site. Celebrities going gluten free does not help our cause. It just diminishes it.

 
admin
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26 Mar 2012 3:48:12 PM PDT
The publicity that a single celebrity can bring to this disease and diet can't be matched by all the support groups combined. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, for example, likely caused more people to become aware of this diet than all my work over the last 15 years...so why is that a bad thing?

 
Gluten Dude
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31 Mar 2012 6:59:49 AM PDT
Because "going gluten free" is not the cause we want to promote. Being an advocate for celiac is what's important. Who cares what celebrities are gluten free if they don't have celiac disease? It's a tabloid headline that perpetuates the myth that going gluten free is cool.

 
admin
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04 Apr 2012 12:43:13 PM PDT
I glad you know the cause I want to promote Gluten Dude. I have an idea, your promote your cause your way, and I'll do the same...how does that sound?

 
Charlie
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23 Mar 2012 9:21:53 AM PDT
Good question , it's good to raise awareness and get publicity, but I think celebs going GF for fashion takes away the seriousness of celiac disease?

 
Mike
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26 Mar 2012 8:40:37 AM PDT
Emmy Rossum is celiac. She was the young actress & singer in Phantom of the Opera 2004.

I don't care if "famous" people go GF for health or fad reasons. As long as there is good publicity, the more foods & recipes become available to all GF people and the safer it becomes for us to eat out!

 
JennaB
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26 Mar 2012 4:49:55 PM PDT
It is a serious issue, if people believe it is just for fad purposes it leaves us true sufferers at risk because people won't take the needed precautions to keep us safe. I have heard it said "so and so is on a gluten free diet, and they are not as strict as you" they don't have celiac disease that is why they aren't as strict.

 
admin
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27 Mar 2012 2:27:29 PM PDT
I believe that the less people who know about this the more you are at risk--celebrities are bringing a huge awareness to celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, which makes you less at risk.

 
Nancy
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26 Mar 2012 5:33:38 PM PDT
Do you not believe in non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Some of us don't have the gene but cannot tolerate gluten. Don't we count, too?

 
jessica
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13 Apr 2012 12:41:46 PM PDT
I don't see any harm in this type of article. I think it can even be comforting to some to see other people (even the famous) with the disease or intolerance. It makes us feel less alone and mutant.

 
Kimberly McClain
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11 Aug 2012 11:54:14 AM PDT
If it wasn't for an article I read about Jennifer Esposito and her celiac symptoms I would never have known that I to had some of the same ailments leading me to be tested positive for celiac. I was always under the impression I had exzema. I believe any info is beneficial. And the more people who chose to be GF means numbers sway in our direction and that is never a bad thing.

 
MamaWalser
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06 Jul 2013 10:22:50 AM PDT
It actually made me smile to discover that I have something in common with (in my opinion) the most beautiful and talented woman in the world, Zooey Deschanel. Also, as Drew Brees is the national spokesperson for Advocare, it is EXTREMELY helpful to know that he is gluten intolerant/sensitive!

 
gfmomma
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29 Aug 2013 5:30:07 AM PDT
The more that know about it the better! The more that know the more healthy options I have.as long as I'm still vigilent I don't see how it's more dangerous. My server in my restaurant knows what gluten is, and that's a great start to getting a healthy meal!




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