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Too Much? Brad Pitt Imports British Junk Food for His Kids

By shanaaborn |

Brad Pitt.

We’ve all run into the eternal picky-kid dilemma. Whether it’s a toddler refusing everything but Cheerios or a grade-schooler who insists on nothing but peanut-butter sandwiches for lunch, food issues are a part of parenthood almost every parent has to cope with.

Many moms and dads try various techniques to help their children overcome their reluctance to try new foods. But Brad Pitt is going in the exact opposite direction. The Sun reports that the A-list actor has ordered $8,000 worth of British food from a supplier who ships it to his Chateau Miraval estate in France.

Apparently, the six Jolie-Pitt children “have gone off French food after living in the UK for so long,” says an anonymous source. So Brad went to Geoffrey’s of London, a company that supplies ready-to-eat meals as well as packaged goods, to satisfy his kids’ cravings. The hefty order was enough to fill two freezers.

A loving gesture, to be sure – but is it a wise one?

Indulging a child’s occasional request for an ice-cream cone or a trip to McDonald’s is generally considered okay, as long as their normal diet is healthy. But the order from Geoffrey’s consists almost entirely of fare like potato chips, baked beans, apple crisp and toad-in-the-hole (a casserole of sausages coated with Yorkshire pudding).

One of the biggest dietary offenders in the order: Turkey Twizzlers, spiral-shaped strips of processed meat that contain 21 percent fat. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver led a successful campaign to rid the junky treat from British school menus more than seven years ago.

It’s hard not to sympathize with Brad and Angelina at the thought of sitting down to the dinner table and hearing six voices groaning, sighing and griping, “Not coq au vin again!”

But let’s hope that in addition to serving the shepherd’s pie and turkey treats, they’re also helping their children learn healthier eating habits as often as they can. Offering different choices, letting them help plan and cook meals and even sneaking veggies into food are good ways to break the picky-eating habit.

The Jolie-Pitts are sophisticated and seasoned travelers. It would be a shame if their children’s palates never traveled beyond the snack aisle.

[Photo: Rick Williams/Digital Wave]

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Shana Aborn is a writer and editor specializing in women's lifestyle issues. Formerly on staff at Ladies' Home Journal and MAMM, she is currently the managing editor of Life & Beauty Weekly. Read bio and latest posts → Read shanaaborn's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Too Much? Brad Pitt Imports British Junk Food for His Kids

  1. alana says:

    I think someone wants to get publicity for their store/ british food. This silly story came from the Sun, a notoriously wrong tabloid. They constantly print lies about what this family supposedly did or bought, etc.

  2. alana says:

    Instead of gossip, it would have been nice to have had this factual story mentioned here.l http://www.etonline.com/news/125962_Angelina_to_Kids_Global_Education_is_Under_Threat/index.html
    Angelina to Kids: Global Education is Under Threat
    October 16, 2012
    Angelina Jolie is speaking out against a Taliban attack in Pakistan that critically wounded a 14-year-old girl who had stood up for equal education for girls and says she was compelled to discuss the incident with her own children to help them understand the threat to education in some parts of the world.
    In an opinion piece written for The Daily Beast, Jolie writes about sharing the tragic case of Malala Yousafzai with her children. “It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.” Malala is still recovering from serious injuries after being shot in the head and neck in the October 9 attack by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.
    The 37-year-old star said that her eight-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, while her six-year-old asked the practical question of whether Malala had any pets, and if so, wondered who would take care of them? “She also asked about Malala’s parents and if they were crying. We decided that they were, but not only for their daughter, also for children around the world denied this basic human right.”
    RELATED: Angelina Jolie Accepts Expanded UN Refugee Role
    “Still trying to understand, my children asked, ‘Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?’” Jolie writes. “I answered, ‘because an education is a powerful thing.’”
    As girls across Pakistan stand up to say “I am Malala, they do not stand alone.” Jolie concludes. “Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls’ education.”
    The actress urges people to join her and Tina Brown by donating to the Women in the World Foundation — which seeks to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  3. DEANA says:

    I agree with Alana, those kids look quite fit and healthy. This story is yet another fairy tale by this tabloid.

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