Cutting gluten won't help you drop pounds – and could even cause weight GAIN: Experts' backlash over Miley Cyrus's endorsement of restrictive diet
23:16 GMT, 10 April 2012
After proclaiming on Twitter that the reason behind her skinny
new frame is a gluten and lactose-free eating plan, Miley Cyrus has come under criticism
for her endorsement of the heavily restrictive diet.
The 19-year-old pop star tweeted to her 5.4million
followers yesterday: 'Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin,
physical and mental health is amazing. You won’t go back!'
But dietitians and nutritionists have warned that a gluten-free diet, which omits grains such as wheat, rye, barley
and triticale is said to be detrimental to a person’s health if they are not genuinely allergic to gluten.
Then and now: Miley Cyrus, 19, has claimed that a gluten-free diet is the cause of her thin new frame
Karen Ansel, a registered dietician and spokesperson for the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told Today.com: 'A gluten-free diet can
result in a diet that's low in iron, zinc and B vitamins such as folate
And Dr David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention
Research Center, told ABC: 'Cutting gluten… it is advisable only for those with
Rachel Begun, a food industry consultant who has Coeliac
disease which is an extreme intolerance to gluten, explained that gluten-free products can
even make a person put on weight.
She told Today.com: 'People who
go gluten-free may gain weight if they rely mostly on highly-processed gluten
free foods, many of which tend to be higher in fat, calories and sugar than
their gluten-containing counterparts.
Twit: The singer tweeted earlier in the week about how she had ditched gluten
'Gluten-free foods also tend to lack fiber that fills us up
and can help us manage our weight.'
Gluten and lactose-free diets have been glamourised in
recent times by the endorsement of celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, who is sensitive
to dairy products, eggs and wheat and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a host on The View
who has Celiac disease.
Dr Peter Green, director of Columbia University's Celiac
Disease Center in New York, told ABC that 'the trendiest thing in the food industry
right now is gluten-free.'
He added that almost 90per cent of dieters omit gluten
products as a food fad, or a 'weight reduction thing.'