No pasta and pizza on the menu for little Apple and Moses Martin
Known for implementing her own strict eating and exercising rules in the pursuit of inner health and happiness, Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed how she's also now putting them into practice for her children, Apple, eight, and Moses, six.
The author of the new gluten and sugar-free cookbook 'It's All Good' , Paltrow told Hello! Magazine that following a recent health scare (where she felt so light hearted she feared she was suffering from a stroke, but in fact was having a panic attack) and a prescriptive elimination diet, she had to get her entire family tested for allergies too.
"Everyone in my house is intolerant of gluten, dairy, chicken's eggs, among many other surprising foods", says Paltrow.
Now her kitchen is a pasta, bread and rice-free zone, which often leaves the family, including husband Chris Martin, "with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs," Paltrow reassuringly explained.
It's a little ironic that the Hollywood actress - who was left with brittle bones after 11 years on the super strict macrobiotic diet - has embarked on another elimination diet, but according to Paltrow: "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."
"When it comes to grains it's true that we only started eating them in relatively recent years and some of us still struggle to digest them - gluten can be irritating. And, culprits like bread, cereals and pasta are mostly processed so not an ideal food for anyone," says nutritionist Kim Pearson. "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 top nutritionist Ian Marber warns: "cutting carbs from kid's diets is extreme. Limit them by all means, with an explanation as to why, but it's not possible to cut them out altogether unless you plan on never letting them out of your sight, or controlling what they eat forever. Demonising carbs is a naive step that doesn't help anyone. Educate children on the value of the complex ones and warn them about the simple sugary ones, but don't ban them."