A Current Affair last night took aim at My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans for his “obsession” of the Paleo diet.
Evans, who is no stranger to criticism for his support of the diet, was described as “popular, polarising, unqualified and dangerous” based on Paleo cookbooks he has published.
Professor Kerryn Phelps said fad diets, including Paleo, were unsustainable.
“I think the claims are at best optimistic and at worst fraudulent,” she said.
She played down some of the claims usually associated with the diet.
“Remember those activated almonds? That’s when it all started going pear-shaped,” said ACA.
Nutritionist Susie Burrell added, “He’s probably much better preparing food than giving individuals information on how to eat it.”
The report questioned an online health course from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition in New York and his plans to release a cookbook for parents with toddlers, which was dropped by his publisher.
ACA asked why Seven has not yet sacked the MKR judge. But Seven has previously stated he is returning to the role.
But there have been wider questions in media and online about how Evans can endorse Paleo and remain an independent MKR judge.
Evans was not interviewed for the report.
Updated: Evans told KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O today that he had never claimed Paleo was a cure.
“I do find it fascinating that they’d use those type of words. I’d like them to be able to prove anything that they’re saying. If they can prove that I’m dangerous, then show me. If they can prove that I’m making outrageous claims, then show me the evidence,” he said.
“I’m just doing the practical side of it which is what I’m trained to do. I’ve been cooking for 25 years, I’ve cooked a million meals and I’m also a qualified health coach, so I can talk about food.”
“It’s not the first time that rival networks have done this.”
Via News Corp.