If you sometimes feel like you’re the only person living a gluten-free lifestyle, take heart. With an estimated 3 million Americans affected by celiac (an autoimmune reaction to eating gluten) and potentially another 18 million who have gluten sensitivity, there are others out there. With numbers like this, it’s no surprise that famous people are among the gluten-free ranks. From athletes to actors to chefs, learn about seven celebrities with celiac or gluten intolerance.
1. Drew Brees
Former quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees threw for more than 5,000 yards in 2011 and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2009. Brees is allergic to gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and nuts, and the star athlete eats primarily vegetables and various proteins. “Now when I cheat and eat things I’m not supposed to, I’ll toss and turn and kick in bed and my wife knows I’ve been eating something I shouldn’t. She has extra incentive to keep my diet in check,” Brees told The Wall Street Journal.