As a dietitian, I see people every week who are bamboozled by complex food advice. And, to me, Pete and his pals aren’t helping.
It frustrates me when celebrity chefs decide they need to reeducate the nation about feeding their families. Not according to evidence-based guidelines developed by research bodies throughout the world, but according to their own skewed beliefs and practices.
If you haven’t yet heard, Celebrity chef Pete Evans is keen to bring a Healthy School Lunches program to our lunchboxes. He hasn’t yet told us what the program will entail, but if we are to go by his recent spot in The Australian (‘6 foods I never stock at home’), it might look something like this:
No grains. That means goodbye to the humble sandwich and sushi roll (sorry mum). This also extends to meat that was fed grains, in case you’re wondering.
No dairy. Because apparently no-one in his family can digest it. And sorry (!) but soy alternatives such as tofu and soy milk are also bad for us – proving 130 million Japanese resoundingly clueless.
No sugar That seemingly innocent combination of glucose and fructose apparently causes all manner of physical and psychological disturbances, according to. well… him. But don’t fear, because pure maple syrup and ‘raw’ honey are tickety-boo.