Gwyneth Paltrow has had a hard time of it in the media lately, with headlines such as, ‘Gwyneth Paltrow is too Righteous’, ‘Gwyneth Paltrow infuriates ‘average women’, ‘Gwyneth Paltrow Admits Starving Her Kids So They “Look Good” – Child Abuse?’, ‘How Gwyneth Paltrow’s restrictive diet leaves her children hungry’, ‘Gwyneth Paltrow’s Kids Are Going Hungry On Her Intense Diet!’, there are plenty more, believe me, but I think you get the picture.
There are counter arguments out there, against the wild torrent of fury which states Paltrow doesn’t feed her kids properly, but they obviously don’t receive as much attention as the more fervent accusatory pieces do. The most succinctly put counter argument, for me, comes in the form of an article by The Guardian writer, Joanna Blythman. She explains the role of carbohydrates, ‘The fact of the matter is that there are no nutrients (vitamins, minerals, micronutrients) in starchy carbohydrate foods that we can’t get elsewhere, and often in a superior form’.
Furthermore, Paltrow discusses the childrens’ diet as ‘avoiding‘ and not ‘eliminating’ carbohydrates. We have seen in paparazzi pictures, the children indulging in the occasional packet of crisps and once, we saw them with a bag of mini eggs. So obviously carbohydrates are not completely banned, unlike many articles would like us to believe.
When looking deeper into the situation we can gather that what many would have us believe is a ‘fad diet’ , actually comes from a more serious reason. In the Independent article from the 13th March we gather that unfortunately, the whole household are intolerant to specific food groups.
“Everyone in my house is intolerant of gluten, dairy, chicken’s eggs, among many other surprising foods”, says Paltrow in The Independent.
The entire household were allergy tested after Paltrow suffered a panic attack and was given a prescriptive diet. Panic attacks are linked to severe blood sugar changes, glutenous foods can actually promote severe blood sugar changes and therefore, possible panic attacks. We can now see why Paltrow would want to eliminate such things from her diet and her families’. She then commented:
“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.”
Another comment that Paltrow made, has sadly been interpreted wrongly and used against her:
‘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 feeling that she is describing is a need, or craving, if you will, for starchy products that promote, that quick sugar high, which they have cut out. Unfortunately, this has been translated to some as, she is leaving her children hungry. That is not what she is saying at all.
Nutritionist Kim Pearson has offered some advice saying:
“My advice is to get carbohydrates from better sources. Gluten-free brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa or vegetables including sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroots and low sugar fruits such as apples, pears, citrus fruits, berries are all great. But, if Paltrow was banning her children from eating all carbs then I would be worried!”
But as we have established the starchy carbs are the problem for Paltrow and her family, and only these are being avoided. So these gluten free sources of carbohydrates, that Pearson has recommended, are perfect for them. Paltrow’s husband, Coldplay singer, Chris Martin, was spotted eating a bag of Wotsits as he walked around London on Sunday. Which confirms that they are not taking this diet to the extreme, they are just using it as basic guidelines, regarding their daily eating habits. Hopefully, this picture of Martin will put an end to this period of criticism regarding their current lifestyle choices.
Paltrow has actually written a cookbook, to promote healthier eating for all, it’s called ‘It’s All Good’, with ‘Delicious, easy recipes. That will make you look good and feel great!’ It’s her second cook book since, ‘My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness’, last year. Click here to go to Amazon to buy the new book.
Wishing Paltrow and her family much success with their new diet and a lovely Easter, filled with gluten free goodies!
To get more information about Paltrow visit her site www.goop.com
To get more information about wheat and gluten intolerance in the UK please click here: AllergyUk
To get more information about gluten intolerance in the US please click here: Gluten Free Network