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Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow Books: Mine is 'Much More Grounded,' Says Alba

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
March 21, 2013|10:27 am
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    Jessica Alba book: The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You.

Jessica Alba recently sparked controversy while promoting her new book after making unexpected comments about fellow Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

The 31-year-old mother of two and author was speaking with The New York Daily News about her book entitled "The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You" when she referenced Paltrow. "The Honest Life" is a lifestyle book which shares tips on healthy and eco-friendly living for families.

Some critics have likened Alba's new book to dietary books previously released by Paltrow and by actress Alicia Silverstone, but the "Sin City" star highlighted key differences.

"Alicia Silverstone is a vegan, so she's the extreme side of it," Alba told The Daily News.

"Gwyneth Paltrow probably lives a very similar lifestyle, but I didn't grow up with a bunch of money, so my tips are much more grounded: repurposing things and making things at home," she continued.

The statement, which was likely not intended to offend Paltrow, has been perceived by some as catty in light of recent controversy surrounding the 40-year-old mother of two. Some critics recently characterized Paltrow as being out of touch, and Alba's comment appears to support this view.

On March 12 the "It's All Good" author received widespread criticism after openly admitting to depriving her children Apple, 8, and Moses, 6, of carbohydrates because she believes that they are unhealthy.

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Gwyneth Paltrow book: It's All Good

In the cookbook, Paltrow, who is known for her odd diets, revealed that her children are often left hungry after being deprived of certain foods such as pasta, bread and white rice.

"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," Paltrow wrote.

One expert slammed Paltrow as irresponsible amid growing concerns that the actress starves her children.

Yvonne Wake, who is a public health nutritionist in London, claimed that Paltrow's decision to avoid feeding carbs to her young children is "foolish" and potentially harmful.

"I think it's not a good idea, especially because her children are are thin- I've seen pictures of them," Wake told Daily Mail.

"Kids need carbohydrates because it gives them glycogen which keeps your brain going," she continued. "Without it they won't be able to think straight as their brain won't be functioning and their thinking patterns will be slow."

 

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