There has been a lot of buzz recently about the gluten-free lifestyle, and these celebrities are happy to tout the benefits. The National Institutes of Health reported that 20 Million Americans have gluten sensitivity and 3 million have celiac disease. Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley.
In a recent DietsInReview.com article, Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT, Lifestyle and Wellness Consultant Specializing in Gluten Free Living and Women’s Health, and Co-Manager for Gluten Intolerance Group of Greater Chicago says that
...while going gluten-free is costly and can have quite the learning curve (gluten is in so many things!), the benefits are enormous including finding relief from the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and even infertility.
Because gluten-free diets tend to be very nutritious with an emphasis placed on fruits, vegetables and proteins, it is no surprise that so many celebrities have joined the gluten-free bandwagon.
Victoria Beckham has said that she is allergic to dairy, which is commonly associated with gluten intolerance and Keith Olbermann has confirmed that he has celiac disease. While they have chosen to be gluten-free for medical reasons, Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel reportedly support going gluten-free for overall health and weight loss. Jenny McCarthy went gluten-free along with her son Evan and even says that the diet has played an essential part in Evan’s recovery from autism. Chelsea Clinton, who is gluten-free, had a fully gluten-free wedding back in 2010 including a wheatless cake. Other gluten-free celebrities include Billy Bob Thornton, Katherine, Dutchess of Kent, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, news anchor Heidi Collins and actresses Rachel Weisz, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Esposito, Goldie Hahn and Susie Essman.
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