Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has put her family on a low-carb, gluten-free diet after reading up on the health impact of the grain product.
"Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across seems to concur that [gluten] is tough on the system," Paltrow wrote in her new cookbook, "It’s All Good," which comes out April 2. "Many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it."
Gwyneth won't serve her husband or two children (Apple, 8, and Moses, 6) pasta, bread, rice, gluten, dairy or chicken eggs. Not surprisingly, the low-carb diet has left her children feeling deprived.
"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 Paltrow, 40.
Gwyneth, a fitness fanatic who works out 45 to 120 minutes a day, has previously tried fad diets, including the macrobiotic diet, as well as juice cleanses.
The longtime former smoker says she embarked on a strict cleansing diet after falling ill in 2011. "One sunny afternoon in London, in the spring of 2011, I thought — without sounding overly dramatic — that I was going to die," Paltrow writes.
"I had just served lunch in the garden at home. I had a vague feeling that I was going to faint, and I wasn't forming thoughts correctly. I got a searing pain in my head, I couldn't speak, and I felt as if I couldn't breathe. I thought I was having a stroke."
After a doctor's visit revealed Gwyneth to be severely anemic and vitamin-D deficient, she embarked on an "elimination diet" that cut out coffee, alcohol, dairy, sugar, deep-water fish, eggs, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, wheat and meat. It's unclear if Paltrow continues to follow the strict eating regimen.
Ironically, the actress claimed in September 2012 (after her new cookbook was written) that she has become less strict with her diet as she has gotten older. “I was macrobiotic for a couple of years," she said. "Then I got pregnant and just ate ice cream. What I learned is I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it.
"I love to cook and feed people. I cook every day. My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine or French fries and fried zucchini. Or a turkey burger."