Miley Cyrus on the Gluten Free Diet
Looks like Miley Cyrus has gone on the gluten free diet and made some very decent progress.
Since I think she’s cute and even like some of her songs -and since the next diet review is due- I thought what the heck.
OK gluten: is very bad news for your health and apparently can make you fat as well. Whereas limiting it (or cutting it out completely) is a smart move: both for health and to get lean and fit it seems.
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes foods containing gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts, and triticale. It is used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing, or thickening agent, often as “dextrin”. A gluten-free diet is the only medically accepted treatment for celiac disease, the related condition dermatitis herpetiformis, and wheat allergy.
Here is a post I wrote on what gluten free actually really means:
Now for Miley, it sure has been worth the effort as can be seen in the before and after shots below…
She said on Twitter:
“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, physical and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!”
Right on, girl!
“The 5-foot-5 Miley is thinner than she has ever been after following a gluten- and lactose-free diet for the past few months. Cyrus, who has had a personal trainer since age 14, also runs, cycles, strength-trains, and does lots of Pilates.” reports The Examiner
(OK so I like that song, so sue me!)
Let’s see what gluten can do to you:
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, as well as many common food additives. It gives dough elasticity and baked goods their chewiness. (It’s found in pizza, beer, burgers, and pancakes, for example.)
Those who have celiac disease—caused by an overactive immune response to gluten in the small intestine—are encouraged to go gluten-free to avoid digestive symptoms like pain and diarrhea, and even permanent intestinal damage or malnutrition.
There’s no cure or medication other than a gluten-free diet. About 1 percent of the population suffers from celiac and about 10 percent have a less specific sensitivity, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Sounds like it might be a good idea to go gluten free for a bit and see what happens…Q: So but what makes a Gluten Free Diet? A: Take the gluten foods, throw them out: Presto, gluten free!
Obviously, but what are gluten foods, and maybe more importantly what are good, gluten free alternatives?
“Gluten is found naturally in certain types of grains, and by far the largest source of gluten in the modern diet is from wheat. Other grains related to wheat also contain it, including rye, barley, spelt, kamut, emmer, einkorn and triticale.” says medical student and health blogger Kris.
And what is gluten free? Wikipedia to the rescue:
Several grains and starch sources are considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet. The most frequently used are corn, potatoes, rice, and tapioca (derived from cassava). Other grains and starch sources generally considered suitable for gluten-free diets include amaranth, arrowroot, millet, montina, lupin, quinoa, sorghum (jowar), taro, teff, chia seed, and yam. Sometimes various types of bean, soybean, and nut flours are used in gluten-free products to add protein and dietary fiber.
Almond flour is a low-carbohydrate alternative to flour, which has a low glycemic index. In spite of its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat. Pure buckwheat is considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet, however, many commercial buckwheat products are mixtures of wheat and buckwheat flours, and thus, not gluten-free. Gram flour, derived from chickpeas, also is gluten-free (this is not the same as Graham flour made from wheat).
Gluten may be used in foods in some unexpected ways, for example it may be added as a stabilizing agent or thickener in products such as ice-cream and ketchup.
People wishing to follow a completely gluten-free diet must take into consideration the ingredients of any over-the-counter or prescription medications and vitamins. Also, cosmetics such as lipstick, lip balms, and lip gloss may contain gluten and need to be investigated before use. Glues used on envelopes may also contain gluten.
That stuff is a-hidin’ everywhere! Sneaky little bastards!
See that? —>
I guess the gluten free foods are a workin’…
OK have Fun with the Miley Cyrus Diet and till next time,