Gwyneth Paltrow latest cookbook 'It's All Good' has reignited the debate about the role that carbs play in our diets.
In the introduction to her coffee-alcohol-dairy-sugar-shellfish-wheat-meat-and-soy-free (phew) cookbook, the actress who's been busily evolving her lifestyle brand Goop.com in past few years, describes her struggle to find the right diet for her family.
"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."
However, nutritionists have responded to her observations with concern.
The Daily Mail reports that public health nutritionist Yvonne Wake says Miss Paltrow is being ‘foolish’ and could be doing her children harm.
While, Yahoo.com reports that twitter users have also been unimpressed by what the 40-year-old mum feeds her two kids (Apple, eight, and Moses, six).
One user wrote: "So Gwyneth Paltrow does not feed her kids carbs!!! Sorry but thats just wrong. Poor little mites need energy to grow! #naughtymummy"
Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook will go on sale in April
“Carbohydrates are the primary and most important source of energy for the body,” Liz Pearson, author of Broccoli, Love and Dark Chocolate, recently told The Huffington Post Canada.
“Many people today have developed a phobia of carbs, but the truth is that carbs are actually good for us and we need to consume them every day, particularly when we’re active.”
But Huffington Post UK blogger Daniel Bartlett adds that "not all carbohydrates were created equal".
In a recent post, Bartlett says: "Every processed or refined carbohydrate should not be considered healthy and at no stage should form the backbone of your diet."
“She [Apple] is cross because I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish. When I’m in Paris, I go to Boulevard Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons," Gwyneth told UK's InStyle.
“Some women can do it and that’s fantastic, but I can’t. You make choices as a wife and mother, don’t you? You can’t have it all. I don’t care what it looks like," she said in the same interview.
"We got downstairs and I made him a quick breakfast of eggs and toast followed by a spoonful of lemon flavored flax oil that I try to remember to give them both every morning," she wrote on GOOP last year.
Another GOOP tip: "The kids indulge in a super sugary cupcake before bed but I don’t feel too bad because they had a brown rice stir fry for dinner with baked sweet potato on the side. It’s all about balance!"
"I always lay the kids' uniforms and school things out the night before once they are asleep. When it’s quiet I can check the 'kid list' for show and tell items to bring in, consent forms, ballet kit, etc, so that the morning is less of a scramble."
"I'll probably get kicked out of our school for admitting this, but I let Apple stay home yesterday. I just needed to be with her," Gwyneth told Good Housekeeping last year. "We went out to lunch, we went to the beauty salon, we were together."
"Motherhood has taught me mindfulness. If you just parent on instinct, you'll screw your kid up for life. You have to be so mindful," she said in that interview.
"We all get into the tub together," she told Harper's Bazaar.
“When I’m tired, when my chips are down – that’s when I don’t parent the way that I want to parent. I can get impatient and at the end of my rope…. And I hate that and I hate feeling out of control, even if I’m just saying, 'That’s enough!' Like, I can’t deal. It’s not the way that I would aspire to be. But then I think, I do really believe that part of our job is to equip them for the world. And we can’t make everything okay for them, we can’t take away all of their suffering. It’s not good for them," she said on In Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet.
"Every woman can make time — every woman — and you can do it with your baby in the room," she said in 2010. "There have been countless times where I've worked out with my kids crawling around all over the place. You just make it work, and if it's important to you, it'll be important to them."
"I do feel so guilty and, like, What am I doing? but I also want them to know work is really fun for me — 'Hey, look what I get to do!' As opposed to feeling like, Oh, I'm a terrible mother. Because that really just doesn't get you anywhere. It doesn't get them anywhere,'" she told Good Housekeeping.