What to Read Next

Gwyneth Paltrow slams gluten in her new cookbook - but is it just a 'fashionable' diet?

Kim Hookem-Smith
Yahoo Lifestyle
4 April 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow, in her new cookbook It's All Good, has once again proven that she is not gluten's biggest fan.

While she doesn't go into how gluten has affected her or her children (who are also on low-gluten diets), it's certainly not getting a look-in in her new recipe book.

And that's not the only missing ingredient. As well as eschewing gluten, Gwynnie has also managed to ditch dairy, meat and deep sea fish (no, we don't know either), and yet still manages to find ingredients to actually cook with. Which is no mean feat, though perhaps makes for a mean feast.

But though everyone loves to hate on GP and her arguably out of touch recommendations for modern life (an 'everyday bracelet for ideal layering' for $350, anyone?), she's not the only celeb to wax lyrical about a gluten-free diet for everything from weight loss to energy levels.

[Related: 10 top health tips to feel amazing now]

She, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham have all reportedly cut gluten from their diets. But if you're not coeliac, is there any benefit to removing gluten-containing food groups from your diet? Or could it actually do you more harm than good?

Gluten is a protein found in many grains (including those that make bread and cake), pasta, many cereals and often in products you may not expect, such as processed meats, beer and cous cous, though this is by no means a comprehensive list.

Nutritionist Marilyn Glenville, who has just launched her book Natural Solutions to IBS, explains that coeliac disease, an allergy to gluten, affects only about one per cent of the population, while gluten intolerance is estimated to affect around 10 per cent.

To confuse matters, some people are allergic to wheat, which is not the same thing as coeliac.

[Related: Is healthy eating making you fat?]

"People who've taken a proper test will know if they're coeliac and they take gluten out of their diet for medical reasons. It causes very bad health over a long period of time - bad skin, mouth ulcers, weight loss, diarrhoea," Marilyn tells us.

"Gluten sensitivity is different. Over the past few years there's been more awareness and information around people who are sensitive to it but not clinically allergic.

"They can experience some of the symptoms but the gluten causes no damage to the large intestine, as is the case for coeliacs."

For people who have noticed digestive problems such as bloating and discomfort, an elimination diet is recommended, under medical supervision or that of a professional nutritionist.

"Taking out wheat might be a starting point, as you may have a IgE antibody reaction to wheat proteins, rather than gluten specifically," Marilyn explains.

"Wheat can be difficult because it's changed over the years. The strain used in commercial bakeries now has a very high gluten content, very different from the spelt wheat we traditionally ate."

[Related: Claire Nasir's motivational plan for weight loss and healthy eating]

Taking gluten out of your diet is a dramatic step if done properly, Marilyn cautions.

"It involves taking out a lot of the grains and seriously affects your food choices. Plus you'll be losing a good amount of fibre, which you'll need to get from other sources such as quinoa and brown rice."

"It’s fine to try no wheat and see if that helps but I think if someone's really thinking about gluten sensitivity they need to take a test or go through the elimination process with a trained nutritionist.

"You have to substitute the nutrients that you would normally get from gluten-containing foods. It has the potential to be quite an unhealthy move."

In conclusion, if you think you're reacting to something in your diet, either have a test, try cutting out smaller food groups one at a time and noting how you feel or see a nutritionist.

[Related: My experience parenting a gluten-free child]

And if the gluten-free life appeals for, shall we say, aesthetic reasons, (and we're not condoning this) don't call yourself coeliac or gluten intolerant - people who really have the condition don't appreciate it. And do make sure you're getting all the nutrition you need for a healthy diet from alternative foods.

"It does seem to be a fashion statement at the moment," Marilyn says. "They come around. A few years back we had that anti-candida diet, controlling yeast, but for same reason – weight loss. But it's not healthy, sustainable weight loss."

How Much Could Drivers Actually Save By Comparing?

EverQuote's simple online tool allows drivers to identify the best rates for them. Find out how much you could be saving on auto insurance.

Delta Reserve Credit Card

Earn Up To 40,000 Medallion Qualification Miles. Apply Now!

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Motorcycle Tech Training

At MMI, you ll get the advanced skills that top manufacturers need. MMI graduates are in high demand by employers nationwide. Click to learn more.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Update Your Look: Bell Sleeves

How to Create a Social Support Strategy

Meet your customers where they are. Read this e-book from Desk.com to learn six things to consider as you plan your social support strategy.

File your taxes for $0

TurboTax announces Absolute Zero is back. $0 Fed. $0 State. $0 to File. Get your maximum refund, guaranteed. Federal Free Edition.

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Breakthrough Tactical Flashlight Released

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Looking for the perfect car at the perfect price?

Compare top makes and models.  So you can step on the dealer lot with confidence.  Get the right car without all the drama.