Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has faced an angry backlash from nutritionists and medical experts after revealing she and her family avoid eating carbohydrates, such as wheat, chicken eggs and dairy products, reports the Daily Mail.
Paltrow states in her new cookbook “It’s All Good” that she believes her children, Moses, six and eight year old Apple find it difficult to digest processed carbohydrates like pasta and have cut the foods out of their diet almost completely.
She writes: ‘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.
‘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’.
The 40 year old actress also extends the diet to her Coldplay singer husband Chris Martin, 36 and details the health problems she suspects affect her family in the new book to be released in April 2013.
Oscar winning actress Paltrow has been accused by nutritionists in the U.K. of depriving her children of an important food source. Carbohydrates provide the chemical glycogen to the human body, which is important for proper brain functioning; the book reveals Paltrow’s health scare from 2011 when the Shakespeare In Love actress thought she was having a stroke.
London-based public health nutritionist Yvonne Wake tells the Daily Mail Paltrow is being ‘foolish’ and could be doing her children harm.
She said: ‘I think it’s not a good idea, especially because her children are are thin – I’ve seen pictures of them.
‘Kids need carbohydrate 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.
‘It’s like when kids don’t have any breakfast – they will do less well at school and won’t be able to run around with the other children’.
Still others have come to the stars defense.
One Mail user reader:
“She’s not ‘starving’ her kids, she’s just cutting out processed carbs such as bread and pasta. I never eat any of these and am perfectly healthy, replacing these with sweet potatoes and butternut squash fruit and other naturally sugary food. The problem seems to be people’s understanding of what type of foods contain carbohydrates to give you energy, we do not need bread (look up the Paleo way of living for exaclty why).”
Another reader added:
“No where does she say she specifically starves her children because she wants to them to be thin. She clearly just feeds them very, very healthy food, and ‘sometimes’ they don’t don’t eat carbs. That’s the same with my family. Sometimes, shock horror, we’ll have a meal that doesn’t have potatoes, rice or bread with it! We’ll have a moroccan style tagine, made from scratch, with a big helping of cous cous and loads of vegetables and dips. Not all the time, but some of the time. She’s got the money to give them a tip top diet, they probably eat nothing but the best. I bet they are incredibly healthy as a family, lucky them.”