By Bridget

Add Fran Drescher to the list of celebs touting a gluten-free diet like the latest fashion trend. The actress, perhaps best known for her role as The Nanny has recently revealed that a gluten-free and vegan diet has helped her “knock off” the fifteen pounds that have been plaguing her for years, helping alleviate constant fatigue and a generally dragging feeling.

The actress was partially inspired to try the gluten-free diet as an alternative to following a regime of medications that would, supposedly, alleviate her symptoms. Fortunately for her, Drescher feels much more energetic than before, and credits her new diet with her revitalization.

While many people suffering from Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance feel wary of the gluten-free diet as a new fad, it clearly has some lasting effects for the people who follow it. Everyone can benefit from cutting out the processed foods and focusing on a more wholesome diet. The fact that the gluten-free label gets slapped onto that diet can be frustrating for people who really need to follow the diet, but why not share a piece of the gluten-free pie if it works for everyone?

What’s more, the increased attention that comes with celebrities can only serve to help our crusade. As a “gluten-free diet” becomes part of the vernacular, we no longer have to worry that people will look like us like we have three heads when we use the word gluten. People now know what that means, which is a good thing, right?

What do you think? Do you think the celebrity attention takes away from the severity of the allergies we really suffer from or do you think all press is good press?