Pete Evans is pissed.
The celebrity chef – best-known for his starring role as judge on My Kitchen Rules – has published a 2100-word rant against two of Australia’s leading and most-trusted nutritional organisations: the Heart Foundation, and the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Evans – who recently gained himself a qualification as a health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York – has been a longtime supporter of the paleo diet.
For those who are a bit lost with the whole paleo thing – paelo is short for “Paleolithic”, which translates to “Old Stone Age”. The entire concept behind the diet is that you stick with the type of food people ate back in the cave man days – meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs and natural oils, and no dairy, no legumes, no grains, and no sugar.
In the past, both the Heart Foundation and the DAA have spoken out against the paleo diet. Neither association advocates cutting out any food groups – particularly not grains or dairy – and so the paleo trend isn’t quite their cup of tea.
Evans – motivated by a rude comment from a dietician on one of his Facebook posts – posted a Facebook rant to challenge the idea of the Heart Foundation’s tick, and also to question some of the underlying beliefs held by the DAA.
“Isn’t it interesting that the people trusted to be delivering health advice for the public have come out not once, not twice, but so many times over the last year or so that I can’t keep up with it, with a media campaign to bring down the paleo way of life by saying it is dangerous,” he wrote.
Evans continued with a list of issues that he believes need to be addressed by the DAA. In part, he wrote:
Why is Australia fast becoming the most obese and unhealthy nations on earth?
Is this because we are a nation of self obsessed, weak minded people with no self control? No. Is it because we are a nation that for far too long has been told to steer clear of foods naturally high in fat, which naturally trigger our fullness hormone, and instead told to eat 6 – 8 servings of processed carbohydrate a day, and wonder why we are still hungry after eating 3 cups of rice or 6 slices of bread?
Why has our rate of autism jumped from 1 in 10000 children in 1974, to 1 in 50 in 2014, where do you think it will be in another 40 years if it is escalating at this rate? This has grown rapidly since the guidelines have been in place!
Why is the rate of mental illness including dementia and Alzheimer’s escalating at a frightening rate and we are told by the DAA and Heart Foundation to avoid Saturated fat when this is what our brains need to survived and function properly.
Evans finished up by writing that the DAA and Heart Foundation have “ignited a spark that has been inside me, which is now a raging fire in my belly”: