Go Gluten-Free because Miley Cyrus says so?

Posted by: Kira  :  Category: Health and Happiness

I think the answer is obvious here, but just in case you don’t know, the answer is no.

But your teenage daughters who look up to celebrities like Miley Cyrus who have recently switched to a gluten-free diet may try to change your mind.

Yesterday USA Today reported about a tweet that Cyrus sent out in hopes to fight off eating-disorder rumors, but will that Tweet provoke a lot of Cyrus fans to go gluten-free?

The USA Today article reported that although the boom of gluten-free foods has taken off the last few years, just because Cyrus says everyone should at least try going gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s the best advice.

And here’s why.

There are really only a few reasons for needing to go to a gluten-free diet and they have to do primarily with food allergens to gluten.

The biggest reason is if you have what is called celiac disease, an immune disorder that causes you gluten intolerance.

But unless you’ve been diagnosed, the USA Today article reported that you shouldn’t be going gluten-free even if you just think you have it.

Heather Mangieri, a registered dietitian in Pittsburgh and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says, “there’s nothing magical about eliminating gluten,” if you don’t have a gluten intolerance.

USA Today suggests to anyone curious about going gluten-free to not diagnose yourself with gluten intolerance and go gluten-free because if you do and then are tested for celiac disease, “it might not show up on tests once you are on a gluten-free diet,” and “you risk vitamin and mineral deficiencies if the strict diet isn’t well planned.”

So unless you have a gluten food allergy there’s really no reason to follow Cyrus and go gluten-free.