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Famous and gluten free: More celebrities and athletes following gluten-free diet

Those of you who are tired of hearing about gluten-free products/diet better strap in because ‘gluten free’ is slated once again to be one of the top diet trends in 2014. Gluten-free products are even appearing at the Golden Globes and at the Sundance Film Festival, which makes it about as mainstream as you can get for celebrity radar. Since the list of celebrities, athletes, reporters, etc. following a gluten-free diet continues to grow, it is time to update the lists I started back in 2010.

It is still odd to me that celebrities/athletes seem compelled to talk about their health/diet, but maybe these confessions will help those out there with unexplained health issues seek diagnosis. The following lists are separated by those who eat gluten free for non-medical reasons from those who eat gluten free for medical reasons. All of the new additions to the lists are in bold and italics.

Celebrities with non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat intolerance

  • Malin Ackerman (Actor)
  • Jayson Blair (Actor)
  • Kelly Bourgeois (Musician) – has a severe wheat allergy
  • Bill Clinton
  • Miley Cyrus (Singer)
  • Dana Delany (Actor)
  • Zooey Deschanel (Actor)
  • Cody Gifford (son of Kathie Lee Gifford reportedly needs to avoid gluten)
  • Elizabeth Gillies (Actor on Nickelodeon)
  • Geri Halliwell (Singer)
  • Mariel Hemingway (Actor)
  • Juliette Lewis (Actor)
  • Howie Mandell (Actor)
  • Gena Lee Nolin (Actor) - follows a gluten-free diet due to Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism
  • Ryan Phillipe (Actor)
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Terence Stamp
  • Anna Silk (Actor)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Actor)
  • Rachel Weisz (Actor)
  • Rumer Willis (Actor)

Celebrities with celiac disease

  • Avery Aames (Author)
  • Neil Boortz (Radio personality)
  • Sarah Joy Brown (Actor)
  • Dan Bucatinsky (Actor)
  • Meg Cabot (Author)
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • Heidi Collins (former CNN anchor)
  • Jennifer Esposito (Actor)
  • Susie Essman (Actor on Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • Shannon Ford (Miss USA 2011)
  • Scott Michael Foster (Actor)
  • Rich Gannon’s (NFL Quarterback) daughter, Danielle
  • Thom Hartmann (Air America Radio)
  • Elizabeth Hasselbeck (“The View” and Fox News)
  • Katherine, Duchess of Kent
  • Laura Kaeppeler (Miss America)
  • Jilly Lagasse (Daughter of Emeril Lagasse)
  • Jessie Lagasse Swanson (Daughter of Emeril Lagasse)
  • Melissa McCrady (Reporter)
  • Dean McDermott (Actor)
  • Tenley Molzahan (Bachelorette contestant)
  • Dannii Minogue (Younger sister to Kylie Minogue the singer)
  • Keith Olbermann (TV personality)
  • Emmy Rossum (Actor)
  • Brandon Rudat (Reporter)
  • Aarti Sequeria (Food Network)
  • Joe Stanton (Cartoonist for: Batman, Green Lantern, Archie & Scooby-Do)
  • Jane Swift (former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor)
  • Josh Turner (Country Singer)
  • Sarah Vowell
  • Brandy Wendler (Mrs. Alaska International)
  • Amy Wheaton (Wil Wheaton's Sister)
  • Deb Wheaton (Wil Wheaton's Mom)
  • Deborah Ann Woll (Actress)

Celebrities who eat gluten-free by choice

Athletes with celiac disease/gluten sensitivity

  • Amy Yoder Begley (Competed in Beijing Olympics as a Runner)
  • Cedric Benson (NFL)
  • Michelle Carey (Irish Olympic Athlete)
  • Terra Castro (Triathelete)
  • Timmy Curran (Surfer)
  • Drew Brees (NFL)
  • Dennis Hallman (MMA)
  • Tom Kostopoulos (Canadian NHL hockey player)
  • Raul Ibanez (MLB)
  • Sabine Lisicki (Tennis)
  • Allie Martins (Nordic Skier)
  • Justin Morneau (MLB)
  • Martina Navratilova (Tennis)
  • Christine Nesbitt (Olympic Speedskating)
  • Timothy O'Donnell (Triathlete)
  • Mickey Redmon (former pro hockey player)
  • Josh Schieffer (Triathlete)
  • Sarah Jane Smith (LPGA)
  • Jenn Suhr (Pole Vaulter)
  • Patrick Staropoli (NASCAR)
  • Clint Trickett (NFL)
  • Hayley Turner (English Flat Racing Jockey)
  • Dana Vollmer (Swimmer)
  • Venus Williams (to treat Sjorgren's syndrome)
  • Carrie Willoughby (Paralympic Swimmer)

Athletes who eat gluten free by choice:

Andy Murray has been removed from the list because according to an article, he stopped eating gluten free when he lost too much weight and strength.

Do you think celebrities/athletes talking about the gluten-free diet benefits or hurts those who eat gluten-free for medical reasons?

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