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Gwyneth Paltrow says while food is important to health and she tries to avoid food that’s full of chemicals and pesticides. She is realistic and allows her children to eat whatever they want. “You can’t tell them “no Coke, no cake”. It is not realistic.”

Gwyneth is a mum of two, Apple, 11, and Moses, nine, from her marriage to Coldplay star Chris Martin.

“I don’t believe you should rule out any kind of food. I believe in enjoying life,” Paltrow, 43, told You magazine while promoting her new cookbook, It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook. “I’m not a good dieter and since I’ve had kids, I have loosened up a lot.

“My favourite ‘bad food’?” she continued. “French fries. I would eat them at every meal if I could.”

“You can’t tell them, ‘No Coke, no cake.’ It is not realistic,” Paltrow said. “Their favourite foods are pasta and french fries. It’s about trying to augment that with something healthy.”

‘Food means everything to me. When you walk into a kitchen and smell something simmering on the stove, you get a sense of home,’ says the actress.

‘Food creates a feeling of togetherness and nourishment.’

She has previously spoken about her preference for organic foods and for avoiding processed foods and foods with “tons” of chemicals and pesticides – but said there was “a lot of misinformation about what I actually eat.”

“I really don’t have any rules,” she said.

“Apple is always experimenting,” She told You. “A lot of her recipes revolve around pizza.”

“This weekend she hollowed out a loaf of bread, put in pizza ingredients and baked it.”

I was quite surprised to read this I must say.

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  • I agree, be healthy but balance it. Too many times I’ve seen kids at birthday parties make a beeline for the sugar and red cordial because they don’t have any of that at home.

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  • I think kids need everything in moderation. Limit the unhealthy stuff but don’t completely cut it out. If you do, you could risk them going ballistic with crap food when they’re older

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  • Feeding children is such a touchy subject. I’ve read such different accounts of her with food that it’s confusing to know what is accurate and not. From this article though, I agree that trying to keep pesticides out of your children’s food is important. Nasty chemicals too although technically, all food ingredients are some form of chemical.

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  • She sounds surprisingly realistic, given past remarks.

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  • There was a discussion about this on the radio yesterday!

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  • You will be amazed to see how many parents actually give coffee to their kids!!! :-(

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  • Nourishment. Does she really know what it is??
    French Fries = potatoes are starchy and convert to sugar in your bloodstream.
    Pasta is also starchy- that’s what is white in the water you use to cook it. It also means they have bad carbohydrates in them that cause a quick energy spike before fatigue sets in. Coke and other Cola drinks have a high caffeine level. Would you give your young child coffee which also has caffeine in it?

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  • Personally I wouldn’t allow my children to eat whatever they want. I think that some rules are necessary. Then that occasionally they eat something “not so good for them” it’s fine. But just sometimes. The majority of their diet (at least 80%) I want it to be healthy.

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