Which Celebrities Are Celiacs?

Research indicates that approximately 18 million Americans have a gluten intolerance, while 3 million have celiac disease according to Beyond Celiac, a leading research-driven organization. (Photo: Unsplash)
Research indicates that approximately 18 million Americans have a gluten intolerance, while 3 million have celiac disease according to Beyond Celiac, a leading research-driven organization. (Photo: Unsplash)

Recent years have seen public awareness for celiac disease and gluten intolerance skyrocket. Research indicates that approximately 18 million Americans have a gluten intolerance, while 3 million have celiac disease according to Beyond Celiac, a leading research-driven organization. As the disease can affect long-term wellbeing when not handled responsibly, increased food selection has significantly reduced prior limitations.

As a result, we’re going to look at some celebrities that are celiac and consider how developments in the food industry have opened up a range of new possibilities for their future eating habits.

Fewer Limitations

According to Credence Research’s latest report, the gluten free-market expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 8.1 percent from 2018 to 2026, while further studies suggest that the sector’s market size will rise to over $32 billion by 2025. In turn, this highlights how the market has grown in recent years regarding product availability and development. Throughout the globe, many restaurants that are dedicated to only offering gluten-free dishes have begun to emerge. Additionally, aside from growing supermarket ranges, restaurants which provide gluten-free meals are now being accredited with a specific symbol, making it clear to prospective consumers that they can meet their dietary requirements.

Furthermore, due to the rise in popularity of food subscription services such as Dinnerly, preparing easy-to-cook home meals is now more convenient than ever before, especially for those with an intolerance to gluten. As part of their plan, the food provider offers pre-prepared ingredients for low-calorie meals that are suitable for both celiacs and vegetarians. As we read on comparison site top10.com, there are six recipes to choose from each week, which means plenty of variation, with sufferers of the disease now able to enjoy a wide range of convenience meals.

Famous Celebrities with a Gluten Intolerance

Over the past few years, former Spice Girls members Geri Horner and Victoria Beckham were both diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten. (Photo: Flirck)
Over the past few years, former Spice Girls members Geri Horner and Victoria Beckham were both diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten. (Photo: Flirck)

If celiac disease goes untreated, then further issues can arise. These include anemia, lactose intolerance vitamin deficiency and even cancer. Moreover, concerning symptoms, fatigue and coordination of both balance and speech can be affected, which can be highly problematic for celebrities that tour the world.

Over the past few years, former Spice Girls members Geri Horner and Victoria Beckham were both diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten. Much like many other people, Victoria Beckham found that she was unable to maintain her desired weight because she struggled to digest gluten-based products. As a result, and with fewer options more commonly available at the time, the 45-year-old opted to completely rid of any gluten from her diet for the benefit of her health, much like Kourtney Kardashian, who put her kids on a gluten and dairy-free routine.

Furthermore, Zooey Deschanel, star of the popular sitcom New Girl, has been diagnosed with celiac disease. The actress is very open about her condition, and as well as being sensitive to gluten, she is also lactose and soy intolerant. However, as expected, she is not alone in looking to raise awareness for the issue. Other stars, including Chelsea Clinton, Jessica Simpson, Novak Djokovic and Ryan Phillippe, all suffer from gluten intolerance in one form or another.

The Market is Only Going in One Direction

Following the work in raising awareness that has been carried out by Zooey Deschanel and others, more opportunities than ever before are now available to with celiac disease and an intolerance to gluten. With an ever-growing supermarket alternative range and expanding restaurant and convenience meal possibilities, the gluten-free market is only going to continue growing in the foreseeable future.

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