Gluten-Free Celebrities and Athletes recently published an article of celebrities avoiding gluten. The author writes that she’s still amazed that a number of celebrities who continue to tout eating gluten free as a way to lose weight, but she also concedes that as long as they are talking about the gluten-free diet it benefits those people who eat gluten free for medical reasons.

The lists are broken down into five groups: Celebrities with Celiac Disease, Celebrities with gluten sensitivity/wheat intolerance, Celebrities who eat gluten free by choice, Athletes with Celiac Disease, and Athletes who eat gluten free by choice. Here’s the list:

Celebrities with gluten sensitivity/wheat intolerance

  • Malin Ackerman (Actor)
  • Bill Clinton
  • Miley Cyrus
  • 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)
  • Ryan Phillipe (Actor)
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Terence Stamp
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Actor)
  • Rachel Weisz (Actor)


Celebrities with Celiac DiseaseRachel_Weisz_006

  • Avery Aames (Author)
  • Neil Boortz (Radio personality)
  • Sarah Joy Brown (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”)
  • Katherine, Duchess of Kent
  • Laura Kaeppeler (Miss America)
  • Jilly Lagasse (Daughter of Emeril Lagasse)
  • Jessie Lagasse Swanson (Daughter of Emeril Lagasse)
  • Dean McDermott (Actor)
  • Tenley Molzahan (Bachelorette contestant)
  • Dannii Minogue (Younger sister to Kylie Minogue the singer)
  • Keith Olbermann (TV personality)
  • Emmy Rossum (Actor)
  • Aarti Sequeria (Food Network)
  • Joe Stanton (Cartoonist who draws Batman, Green Lantern, Archie & Scooby-Do)
  • Jane Swift (former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor)
  • 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

  • Jessica Alba
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Fran Drescher
  • Hillary Duff – rumored to be considering a gluten-free diet to drop her baby weight
  • Shannon Elizabeth
  • Lady Gaga – she publicly went on and off a gluten-free diet to drop 10 pounds
  • Kim Kardashian
  • K.D. Lang
  • Jenny McCarthy
  • Bill O’Reilly
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Al Roker
  • Peter Sarsgaard
  • Kyra Sedgwick

Athletes with Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity

  • Amy Yoder Begley (Competed in Beijing Olympics as a runner)
  • Cedric Benson (NFL)
  • Drew Brees (NFL)
  • Tom Kostopoulos (Canadian NHL hockey player)
  • Raul Ibanez (MLB)
  • Sabine Lisicki (Tennis)
  • Justin Morneau (MLB)
  • Timothy O’Donnell (Triathlete)
  • Mickey Redmon (former pro hockey player)
  • Sarah Jane Smith (LPGA)
  • Jenn Suhr (Pole Vaulter)
  • Hayley Turner (English Flat Racing Jockey)
  • Dana Vollmer (Swimmer)
  • Venus Williams (to treat Sjorgren’s syndrome)

Athletes who eat gluten free by choice

  • Karl Alzner (Hockey)
  • Jay Beagle (Hockey)
  • Novak Djokovic (Tennis)
  • Andy Murray (Tennis)
  • James Starks (NFL)

Original source: Jennifer Harris at

One thought on “Gluten-Free Celebrities and Athletes”

  1. I think it’s funny that celebrities are eating gluten free to lose weight. When I started eating gluten free because of celiac I gained weight but I’m glad they are doing it because gluten free foods have become more plentiful in resturants and grocery stores.

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