If you know a little bit about Gwyneth Paltrow, aside from the fact that she’s a leading Hollywood actress, then you know that the 42-year-old believes in clean eating and healthy living. It comes as no surprise then, that she has introduced these food habits to her kids as well—Apple, 11, and Moses, 9. In fact, some reports blame her for being a tad too strict, but it’s only in their best interest.

The blonde beauty stocks her pantry with organic and whole foods, and a lot of vegetables. Interestingly, she keeps the kids away from pasta—an American staple many mothers swear by. What’s the reason behind this?

Gwyneth generally avoids starchy carbs; this includes rice, bread, and pasta. Her main concern is the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) used in the production of these foods, and its ill-effects on the body. While traditional rice and pasta would never contain HFCS, these days, many products sneak it in, mainly to increase its shelf life. We know that HFCS is added to soda and candy, but could also be present in food items such as instant oatmeal, bread, boxed rice and pasta, packaged juice, and tomato ketchup. Studies show that the average American ingests around 35 pounds of it, per year. Let’s take a look at how HFCS can affect you:

Being a doting and discerning parent that she is, Gwyneth might be absolutely right about banning packaged products and pasta for her kids’ meals. Moreover, her son suffers from eczema, she told Women’s Health magazine, and he must resort to a gluten-free diet. Pasta, therefore, is out of question. If you want to enjoy your pasta without the risk of gluten or harmful additives, read the ingredients on the box. Try these gluten-free pasta varieties.

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After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.