Don't Eat Like Gwyneth Paltrow!

The star's macrobiotic diet made her sick.

Don’t Eat Like Gwyneth Paltrow!

The star’s macrobiotic diet made her sick.

-Jane Farrell

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow rigorously pursues health through food and exercise, but the food she’s eating has actually harmed her.

In her GOOP newsletter, the actress, 37, said that after suffering a fracture, she had been diagnosed with ostopenia, a precursor to the deadly bone-weakening disease osteoporosis. Osteopenia isn’t commonly seen in younger women. According to AOL, Paltrow’s condition is thought to be linked to a Vitamin D deficiency that’s caused by her macrobiotic diet.

That diet is vegetarian in large part, focusing on whole grains, locally grown, organic produce, brown rice and seaweed. But what’s missing is Vitamin D, a substance that few of us get enough of. Food that contain Vitamin D include milk, calcium-fortified juices, cheese and beef. (A macrobiotic diet is very low in dairy products and meat.) The value of Vitamin D is that it helps us absorb calcium into the body, so a substantial lack of it can lead to ostopenia and osteoporosis. According to Victoria Stein, a nutritionist who reported on the subject for AOL, the diet is also low in vitamins and minerals like B12 and calcium, as well as protein.

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If you’re concerned about getting enough Vitamin D, Stein writes, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends 400 to 800 IU per day for people under 50, and 800 to 1,000 IU for people over 50. The American Medical Association also recommends a 15-minute daily exposure to the sun, another Vitamin D source.

Paltrow reported that she is now on a “prescription strength level” of Vitamin D and is spending some sunscreen-free time in the sun each day. (AOL, GOOP)

Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.


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