Debate: Gwyneth Paltrow’s kids are on the same diet as her. Is it healthy, or harmful?
When you eat a certain way, it seems only natural for your family to follow suit—but should kids be included in that?
Gwyneth Paltrow thinks so.
In her new cookbook, Paltrow writes about her belief that a low-carb, gluten-free diet is the healthiest one.
“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,” Gwyneth wrote, according to The Daily Mail.
This seems reasonable enough. After all, many healthy people follow a gluten-free diet and don’t miss out on essential nutrients.
So why are media outlets claiming that Paltrow is starving her children?
The problem seems to be with her awkwardly worded statement about her family being “hungry.”
“Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains … we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs,” the actress wrote, according to the Daily Mail.
Cue the headlines that Paltrow is “starving her children” and “leaving them hungry.”
Admittedly, the quote doesn’t sounds good—but since gluten is known for causing bloating and abdominal pain in those who are intolerant to it (which Paltrow says her entire family is) maybe what she meant is that they don’t feel bloated and uncomfortably full when they avoid it.
The point is, Paltrow isn’t on a weight loss diet—she’s on what she views as the healthiest eating plan possible. If she truly believes that’s what’s best for her kids, who is anyone to tell her it’s not?
If she was drastically restricting their calories, or forcing them to fast, it would be a different story. In this case though, it’s more of an eating plan than a diet—and I seriously doubt that cutting out gluten is actually causing her family to starve.
What do you think? Does it make sense for your kids to follow the same eating plan as you? Or should they have a different diet altogether?
-Katharine Watts, Associate Web Editor; Image: PR photos
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