Here we go again. Gwyneth Paltrow says pasta, bread and rice are so bad she refuses to feed them to her family. But nutritionists say she doesn’t know what she’s talking about…
Paltrow, 40, has a new cookbook – her second – coming out next month, devoting a whole chapter to the evils of carbs.
“Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across …seems to concur that (gluten) is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it,” she writes in It’s All Good.
But strangely, she says that not feeding her family carbs leaves them hungry. And she’s ok with that.
“Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs.”
According to the Oscar winner, her husband Chris Martin, 36, and her children – Apple, eight, and Moses, six, are all gluten-intolerant, with Martin also intolerant to dairy and chicken’s eggs.
After spending many years following a strict macrobiotic diet, Paltrow learnt she was severely anaemic and vitamin D deficient.
“One sunny afternoon in London, in the spring of 2011, I thought – without sounding overly dramatic – that I was going to die,” she writes in It’s All Good.
“I had just served lunch in the garden at home…I had a vague feeling that I was going to faint, and I wasn’t forming thoughts correctly…I got a searing pain in my head, I couldn’t speak, and I felt as if I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was having a stroke.”
It turned out to be a migraine and a panic attack, but her health scare prompted her to take her family for allergy testing, overhauling their diet and cutting out carbs.
London-based nutritionist Yvonne Wake says Paltrow is “foolish” to deprive her children of carbs.
“Kids need carbohydrates because it gives them glycogen which keeps your brain going. Without it they won’t be able to think straight as their brain won’t be functioning and their thinking patterns will be slow.”
Esther Zuckerman at The Atlantic Wire writes that Paltrow’s book takes “laughable Hollywood neuroticism about eating to the next level.”
What do you think about Paltrow’s claims?