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: