Yesterday we found out that Miley Cyrus has adjusted her diet due to a recent discovery that she is gluten intolerant. Of course since Miley remains one of the most popular starlets in the Hollywood galaxy, people have been talking about what exactly gluten is and what it means to be gluten intolerant. (I literally just got an e-mail as I am writing this from a friend about Miley and gluten, no joke.) People have been accusing her of being anorexic, but she attributes the weight loss to her new healthy lifestyle.
Thankfully, one of my dear friends has a gluten (and lactose, poor child) intolerance and has educated me greatly on what it means to be gluten intolerant and what she can/cannot eat without feeling sick afterwards. According to Mayo Clinic, “Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barely, rye, malts and triticale. It is used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent, often as “dextrin”. Basically, gluten is in everything we eat. So for Miley and my friend Jamie, fruits, veggies and gluten-free alternatives are the way to go. Thankfully since the gluten-free diet phenomenon is becoming so popular, many brands, stores and restaurants are offering gluten-free options to people who have an intolerance.
Being a college student and a former eater of dorm food, I cannot even imagine trying to be a gluten-free girl. There are so many college foods that I adore with every fiber of my being that I would not be able to give up without fight (breaded popcorn chicken FTW). I have taken the liberty of collecting a list of said foods that I would probably die without if I had to go gluten-free. Look away if it’s too much to bear.