Obsession with Hollywood Celebs Could Make You Deathly Sick

Obsession with Hollywood Celebs Could Make You Deathly Sick

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria (Spice Girl Posh) Beckham, Keith Olbermann, Meredeth Vieira and Rachel Weisz all have one alarming thing in common beyond their celebrity status – Doing what they do could make you terribly sick.

The above Hollywood and TV notables are among the growing list of celebrities who have embraced the latest fad diet craze – Gluten-free foods.

Gluten-free foods are essential, even lifesaving for people who suffer from Celiac Disease, a moderate to severe allergy to Gluten. So what’s the problem, you say?

None of the above celebrities have announced that they have Celiac Disease. They are voluntarily deciding to avoid foods with gluten without a medical reason to do so.

It wouldn’t be such a big deal if the people choosing to eat only gluten-free foods were Elisabeth Smith, Gwyneth Jones, Victoria Harper, Keith Davis, Rachel Adams, Meredith Thompson or other non-celebrities like you and me.

The danger here is that regular folk like you and me are oftentimes overly influenced by a celebrity. Remarkably, although not the fault or responsibility of any celebrity, many people regard the doings of celebrities as the right thing to mimic.

Sadly, in this instance, because the above famous people have adopted a gluten-free eating lifestyle that is not recommended by the vast majority of the scientific or medical communities, untold thousands of people will risk their health by following their example without first consulting a local nutritionist or dietitian.

Unless you have some form of Celiac Disease, it may be difficult to find a person of expertise to recommend that you freely jump on the gluten-free bandwagon.

According to Dr. Harris Steinman, as reported in www.scienceinafrica.co.za, “Gluten is a binding protein in wheat, rye, barley and some oats and is the binding agent in doughy foods like bread and baked goods.”

A person who is allergic to gluten may develop symptoms like skin blemishes, nausea, asthma, stomach cramps or vomiting. In more severe cases, life-threatening anaphylaxis can develop.

For such people, Celiac (or Coeliac) Disease is an immune disorder in which the presence of gluten can damage the mucosa or lining of the small intestine, leading to a malabsorption of nutrients.

For those of you with a genuine gluten intolerance, there are some non-gluten breads and other food products that can enable you to live a virtually non-symptom existence.


Herein lies the problem for healthy people who do not suffer from gluten intolerance. Many healthy, fibrous foods with gluten also contain other macro and micro nutrients that are essential to our overall well being. To avoid them simply because they also contain gluten is nonsensical.

It is regrettable that the beautiful people of Hollywood have chosen a completely gluten-free diet. Gluten-free bread, as an example, is bland tasting and is devoid of many nutrients that we would enjoy in 100% whole-wheat bread or multi-grain breads that may contain gluten.

Eaten daily in MODERATION, along with some proteins, some monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats and other low glycemic carbohydrates, most foods containing gluten can be part of a well-balanced and nutritious daily diet. The only exception are people with a gluten intolerance.

The health of these celebrities would have been better served if they had sworn off some gluten foods not to the exclusion of all gluten foods. For instance, frosting covered cupcakes made from processed ingredients like white flour that also contain gluten would be a wise choice to avoid for everyone – not just Celiac sufferers.

To follow specific examples like that would be smart for all of us. To adopt a ‘nothing gluten’ eating lifestyle for no medical reason just because some celebrities are doing it is ill-advised and potentially unhealthy.

In any case, Hollywood celebs are not the role models we should be adopting when it comes to matters of health. From horribly anorexic fashionistas to happily obese personalities like Gabourey Sidibe as featured in previous posts, Tinseltown is rife with poor examples of health.

If you are on the brink of going on a gluten-free diet simply because you like Elisabeth, Gwyneth, Rachel, Keith, Victoria or Meredith, you’d be much better off taking the expert advice of a complete stranger who is a registered dietitian or nutritionist.