Today marks the release of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good. Already, this latest offering from the Oscar-winner has been lambasted south of the border for its gluten- and sugar-free recipes, which offend foodies, and, as one critic put it, “take laughable Hollywood neuroticism about eating to the next level.”
But foodie-ism and the possibility of encouraging eating-disordered behaviour aside, Science-ish was immediately stung by the panorama of pseudoscience premises on which the cookbook rests.
Gwyneth tells about how bad food made her ill and how her kids have food sensitivities. For a while, it sounds like she subsisted on just quinoa and lettuce. Not a good way to live, I’d say. Paltrow is known for her “detox” diets and suggestions. None of the stuff has any basis in good science.
One of the doctors quoted in this piece is concerned that “pseudoscientific claims may keep patients from a true understanding of their condition and/or its treatments, putting them at risk of irreparable harm or even death.” It’s referred to as celebrity medical malpractice.
Do you ask your dentist how to do plumbing because he has a nice sink setup? Do you ask the guy driving a really nice car about financial investments? Then why get health and diet advice from an actress who just looks good on the cover of a book? One has nothing to do with the other.
Tip: David O’Hare