Parents these days are so sensitive. A celebrity chef’s new baby food book has been pulled from publication just because it has the slight side effect of possibly killing babies. Do these people not get how the free market works?
Your Wonkette has profiled Pete Evans before. He’s a teevee chef from the Land Down Under who believes that the paleo diet can stop kids from getting autism. Remember it doesn’t take a lot of credentials to cook on camera. It also apparently doesn’t take a lot of credentials to get a parenting book published because Evans was all set to release a new kids’ cookbook soon, and he only gave it the most vomit-inducing title we could imagine: Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way. That noise you hear is the sound of your internal organs shriveling up and dry heaving.
Evans’ problems began when the Public Health Association of Australia was tipped off to some of the health advice in his book, specifically a recipe for DIY baby formula made of chicken liver and bone broth. You see, Evans and his co-authors, mommyblogger Charlotte Carr and naturopath Helen Padarin, believe that regular baby formula, i.e. the substance scientifically designed in sterile conditions to be as close to real breast milk as humanly possible, is too full of chemicals for their liking. They recommend tossing out that nasty “science” stuff and making your own baby formula right in your filthy kitchen. That’s all well and good, right up until health experts discovered their recipe has the tiny problem of “a toxic level of Vitamin A.” Oh dear.
“In my view, there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead,” said Heather Yeatman, president of the Public Health Association of Australia.
The formula reportedly contains more than 10 times the safe maximum intake of vitamin A and unsuitable levels of other nutrients for babies. Experts are concerned that parents will falsely believe it is a safe alternative to breast milk.
But what would those experts know? Do they have a teevee show? I think not.
Unfortunately for Evans and fortunately for babies, Bubba Yum Yum (hork) has been pulled by the publisher before it even shipped. Though it does seem even the authors knew their book of fad dietry was full of bunk, since they had the wherewithal to put this disclaimer in the back of the book:
Although we in good faith believe that the information provided will help you live a healthier life, relying on the information contained in this publication may not give you the results you desire or may cause negative health consequences.
This stuff is great for your health, right up until it doesn’t work or hurts you, which might be the best description of fad diets we’ve ever read.