Gwyneth Paltrow says a big NO to McDonald's

Filed under: Just For Moms, Nutrition: Health, Celeb Kids

I was recently surfing about the web when I encountered an article in which Gwyneth Paltrow talks about her devotion to nutrition when it comes to her children, Apple and Moses. Her response when asked about allowing them to eat at McDonald's, was an adamant, "Over my dead body."

I can understand a mother's desire to feed her children healthy food. I go out of my way to try encourage my kids to eat healthy, organic products. But to never, ever go to McDonald's? I think that is a bit extreme. An occasional foray into the world of grease and a meal that comes with a crappy toy is part of growing up. The few times that I took my son and daughter to McDonald's when they were small were pretty exciting for them. The thrill they got from eating fries and dipping those nuggets in sauce was big stuff for them. And then to get a toy on top of it all? It was like a mini Christmas for under $5.

McDonald's has bad food, we all know that. But as long as you don't dine there every day or even every week, what is the harm? I admire Paltrow's devotion. If she can keep it up, then more power to her. But she also probably has a full time chef who can prepare her children healthy, well balanced meals. I still say that in a pinch, a trip to Mickey D's is not the worst thing in the world.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.