Reports LA Times: Miley Cyrus declared: ‘For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway! everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, phyisical and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!’
Gluten free cuts out wheat and some other grains. Her recommendation that ‘everyone should try’ is not on target. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and other grains. The diet is only strongly recommended for people who are diagnosed with celiac disease, a condition whose sufferers have an immune response to gluten in the small intestine. Celiac disease can cause pain, diarrhea and other digestive symptoms. Over time, potentially, it can result in permanent intestinal damage and malnutrition.
For people with the celiac disease, cutting gluten out of the diet is crucial. For most other people, gluten-free diets, which can be high in fat and low on fiber, may be more of a fad: ‘Opting for a gluten-free diet isn’t necessarily any healthier than a diet with gluten, and products are sometimes costly. If gluten intolerance is not truly an issue, there may be no advantages to cutting out wheat and other foods, because some substitute grains contain little fiber. If you’re experiencing celiac disease symptoms, get evaluated for the condition. If you don’t have the illness, adhere to the standard advice: Stick to a sensible and healthful diet, and exercise.