Jennifer Esposito Starts a Nonprofit for Celiac Education

By Emily

It seems like every few weeks we’re writing with news of another celebrity or professional athlete who has gone gluten-free. The comments are mixed — some of you are glad for increased attention to the cause, others are concerned for the wrong attention being paid to the cause. But I think today’s gluten-free celebrity will garner generally positive feedback.

You may know Jennifer Esposito from television series like Blue Bloods, Samantha Who?, Rescue Me, and Judging Amy, or her roles in the movies Crash, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, etc etc. But did you know that not only does Jennifer Esposito have celiac disease — she’s started a nonprofit to help with celiac education? Hooray!

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Gluten-Free Gossip: More Celebrities Go Gluten-Free

By Zach

High-profile people aren’t the only ones who can impact industries to cater to their personality. With the four-fold influx in celiac cases over the last half a century, there has been a rise in popularity of a gluten-free lifestyle. And guess what put these gluten-free demands in motion? Not celebrities, not a Hollywood image, but Celiacs and gluten-sensitive individuals looking to open up culinary possibilities and redefine the way the food industry understands the needs of their gluten-free customers.

However, there has been a steady stream of celebrities that have joined the effort of living a gluten-free life due to health and personal reasons. Recently, the list of johnny-come-latelies for a gluten-free diet are:

  • Keith Olbermann
  • Billie Bob Thorton
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Andy Murray
  • Emily Rossum
  • Sarah Vowell
  • Susie Essman
  • Jennifer Esposito
  • Goldie Hahn and
  • Rachel Weisz

Although Hollywood is notorious for breeding trendsetters, these gluten-free stars are not just jumping on a bandwagon for
flashier photo opts, but rather are highly promoting their newfound affinity and embracing the cleansing change.

Throughout multiple cultures, the momentum generated by VIP and gluten-free eaters is spreading a strong awareness of celiac disease in a positive and transforming way. As the proverb goes, with power comes responsibility, which is what we are seeing in the modern day from national icons like Zooey Deschanel to Andy Murray to the populace of America who are interested in rallying with the gluten-free movement.