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Gluten-free diet

Move over, Atkins. This popular no-wheat regimen is the new It Diet, embraced by svelte celebrities, concerned parents, and yes, individuals suffering from celiac disease.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 15, 2012

Gluten-Free Diet Overview

Feel like you're the only one eating regular bread and pasta these days? That's because the latest diet trend eschews gluten, a type of protein, and everything that contains gluten—mainly wheat, rye and barley.

Gluten-free diets were once reserved for individuals suffering from wheat allergies or celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder where the lining of the intestines is inflamed and unable to absorb food properly. But fanatic converts swear the diet helps them shed pounds, have more energy, have clear skin and even keep allergies at bay.

Today many people—from Hollywood starlets to regular folks trying to lose weight—are giving this diet a try. And with more gluten-free (and vegan and organic) goodies in restaurants and establishments like BabyCakes, why not?

Celebrity Devotees

Gwyneth Paltrow went gluten-free to lose weight after her holidays. Zooey Deschanel dropped veganism to devote herself to a no-gluten regimen. Jennifer Esposito battled fatigue for years before discovering she had celiac disease and going sans gluten. Even Chelsea Clinton ordered a gluten-free wedding cake for her big day.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck, co-host on The View, discovered that she had celiac disease because of her stint on Survivor: The Australian Outback. Her gastrointestinal symptoms vanished while she was in the outback but returned as soon as she was back to a regular diet. Going gluten-free helped Hasselbeck put an end to years of chronic pain, and today she is the author of The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.

Talk show host and political commentator Keith Olbermann revealed in his autobiography that he follows a gluten-free diet because has a mild case of celiac disease. So does CNN anchor Heidi Collins; she battled fatigue and stomach problems for more than a decade before doctors diagnosed her with the disorder.

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