Gwyneth Paltrow is catching flak as the author of a new cookbook that urges readers to adopt a sugar-free, low carb, gluten-free diet for their entire families. Paltrow suggests starting the year with a very strict “elimination” diet, then working up to recipes that still eschew meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, soy, shellfish, wheat, alcohol, coffee, and processed foods.
The “Iron Man 3” star’s recipe book is called “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.” Paltrow writes in her chapter on grains, “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.”
But what she’s facing criticism for is a statement she makes later in the chapter. “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,” writes Gwyneth. And that has the folks at the New York Post expressing concern for eight-year-old Apple and six-year-old Moses, Paltrow’s children with her husband, Coldplay rocker Chris Martin.
Gwyneth better get the critics under control if she’s really planning to shy away from acting and focus more on her lifestyle brand. Between rampant parodies of her weekly newsletter, “GOOP,” and this new question of whether her kids are getting proper nutrition, she’s not exactly looking like Martha Stewart.