The most recent buzz is that pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus has an eating disorder. But the real news is how Miley responded. She fired back just a couple days ago on Twitter saying, “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!”
Miley’s frame is indeed petite. But it doesn’t seem there’s any need to speculate that she has an eating disorder. She’s been on top of her health in the past and even followed the 5-Factor Fitness plan back in 2010, which involved exercising five days a week in five minute intervals, eating five meals a day, taking five minutes to prepare your meals, all within a 5 week time period. Doing this and following the recommended diet program kept her in prime shape for performing.
Concerning her gluten-free diet, Miley sang the praises of her eating switch and even encouraged her Twitter followers to try it saying, “everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in you[r] skin, physical and mental health is amazing. U won’t go back!”
But is this really a safe recommendation for everyone? DietsInReview.com’s Registered Dietitian, Mary Hartley, RD, says no, and gives us a refresher on what exactly a gluten-free diet is.
“A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease, a genetically-determined immune system reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, and to gluten intolerance – an enzymatic deficiency similar to lactose intolerance. For everyone else, a gluten-free diet is a preference, not a necessity,” says Hartley. “As with all modified diets, nutritional challenges arise when food are limited.”
If Miley is following a true gluten-free diet, Mary says it’s not easy seeing as gluten is a hidden ingredient in many foods including deli meats, soy sauce, vinegar, salad dressings, canned soup, sour cream, ice cream, beer, and several others.
“Gluten-free dieters must make a lifelong commitment to diligently reading all food labels. It also helps to affiliate with organizations that provide reliable information, such as celiac.com and zeer.com,” recommends Hartley.
Concerning Miley’s advice for everyone to go gluten-free for a week? Mary says it’s “just plain wrong. I would never take nutrition or medical advice from a celebrity.”
This serves as a valuable reminder to not get caught up in the hype of celebrity diet trends and stay true to what’s truly healthy for us individually.
April 10th, 2012