Podcast: Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook all good?

Julia Belluz discusses the dangers of celebrity health promoters and the science behind why we listen


 

Julia Belluz wrote about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good Here, where she examined the medical risks of elimination diets. Here, Belluz discusses the differences between food allergies and food sensitivities and the science—from brain imaging to psychology—that explains why we buy into celebrity health advice.


 

Podcast: Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook all good?

  1. God, that was painful to listen to.

  2. I love analyzing the way pop culture affects our lives, and how people use pop culture in order to sell a product. The relationship between the celebrity and the average person can be so intense; I can see it in myself when I think about how I react to my favourite musicians or authors. Keeping that in mind – and the fact that “the medium is the message” – celebrities do have a responsibility in my mind, to consider how their words and views affect people. We see these beautiful, fit people, and sub-consciously think “what they are doing must be working,” and try to do the same.