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Celebrity takes charity challenge to live off only $29 of food for a week

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Gwyneth Paltrow rises to the challenge and shows what $29 of food really looks like.

Actress-turned-lifestyle guru, Gwyneth Paltrow promised to only spend $29 for food for a week in participation with the New York City Food Bank Challenge. She kept her vow, as a photo of her weeks grocery was released via Twitter. However, some critics pointed out that her choices are far from how much calories a person needs weekly.

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span style="line-height: 15.8599996566772px;">MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - "This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store - what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week," Paltrow, 42, wrote as the caption of her grocery photo.

It shows a range of healthy choices with variety of fresh vegetable, some brown rice and black beans, as cited in the Daily Mail report. The popular figure, nominated by celebrity chef Mario Batali, had opted the healthier choices, although most grocery stores are offering more unhealthy foods for much cheaper prices.

"We're walking in their shoes to see how far we get," she tweeted again, nominating a popular American chef, Roy Choi. Paltrow is also encouraging her fans to participate and donate to the project to raise awareness and funds for the city's food banks.

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Although her intentions are noble, there are some critics pointing out that her indifference to the real-life experience of the beneficiaries are manifested through her food choices.

According to The Frisky writer Rebecca Vipond Brink, eight of the 16 food choices she bought, although with lots of vitamins, doesn't have enough calories that people benefitting from SNAP need.

She emphasized that these people need more calories in order to survive their day to day lives that are more physically strenuous.

The Frisky reported that her posted choices will only serve about 1,000 calories a day, half of the recommended by the American Heart Association for adults.

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