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Gwyneth Paltrow takes heat for new cookbook

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by Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY


Isn't it a little tough to argue with whatever Gwyneth Paltrow is doing when she looks like this?

But when it comes to diet, everyone's got an opinion.

In Paltrow's new cookbook, It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, the star, 40, urges readers and their families to adopt a low-carb, gluten-free diet, as she and Coldplay rocker Chris Martin and their kids Apple, 8, and Moses, 6, appear to have done.

The book begins with Paltrow describing a time that she felt light-headed and feared she was "having a stroke." The episode turned out to be a panic attack and a migraine. It inspired her to change her diet.

Paltrow cut out coffee, alcohol, dairy, eggs, sugar, shellfish, deep-water fish, wheat, meat, soy and processed foods.

That plan is not always easy for Paltrow, her rocker beau or their little ones, Us Weeky points out, as the star writes, "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." The opening line of the Us story: "Tummies are often rumbling at Gwyneth Paltrow's London home!"

Page Six really attacks the star and her writing, saying she wants to be a "foodie despite a weird obsession that treats eating with a greater sense of restriction than relish. The book reads like the manifesto to some sort of creepy healthy-girl sorority with members who use beet juice rather than permanent marker to circle the 'problem areas' on each other's bodies."

Noted The Atlantic Wire: "It's All Good seems to take laughable Hollywood neuroticism about eating to the next level."

But Paltrow is defended and praised in The Guardian, with food writer Joanna Blythman saying the star's eating plan is sound. "Now if Paltrow was to starve her children of protein, then social workers could quite legitimately come knocking at her door. We are made of protein. Our bodies require it to build and repair muscles and tissue. But we have no absolute requirement for carbohydrate."

Adds Blythman "Yes, children do have slightly different nutritional requirements from adults: they need more fat and protein. But filling their plates with empty calories in the form of white pasta, bread and rice is no nutritional kindness."

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