These days, Miley Cyrus is looking fitter and thinner than ever, and she says it has nothing to do with an alleged eating disorder, but rather with cutting gluten from her diet. She's now being criticized for recommending the diet to everyone.As we also noted the other day, there was plenty of speculation online that Miley was starving herself to be thin, which she thought to address on her Twitter page.
After explaining that she lost whatever extra weight she had because she was heating healthier – in her case, only gluten-free products – she also said everyone should give the diet a try.
Nutritionists speaking to Us Weekly disagree: no one should cut gluten from their diet unless, like in Miley's case, they have been diagnosed with an allergy to it.
Otherwise, they might actually end up gaining weight than shifting the extra pounds.
“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,” Rachel Begun, a registered dietitian and food industry consultant, says for the celebrity publication.
“There’s absolutely no evidence that a gluten-free diet promotes weight loss,” Karen Ansel, also a dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, adds for Us.
“However, there is data that indicates that following a gluten-free diet can result in a diet that’s low in key nutrients – especially iron, zinc and B vitamins such as folate and niacin,” Ansel further explains.
As such, the last thing Miley should do is to advise others to get on the same diet she's on.
Neither dietitian has met or treated the former Disney star who, as of now, is silent on the latest round of allegations brought against her.
Chances are, now that she's put anorexia rumors to rest, she won't be saying anything else on the matter.