Controversial Australian Paleo Diet Book Release Delayed Over Health Concerns

If You Feed Your Baby The Paleo Diet You Should Be in Prison

Publishers in Australia are delaying the release of a new Paleo Diet book aimed at new mums over concerns that some of the recipes could be harmful to children. The most alarming recipe? Homemade baby formula made from little more than chicken liver and bone broth.

Doctors claim the mixture contains 10 times more vitamin A than is considered safe for any child and lacks other important nutrients. Repeat after me: Babies should not be on stupid fad diets.

"In my view, there's a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead," Heather Yeatman, the president of the Public Health Association of Australia told the Australian Woman's Weekly. "Especially if [the DIY formula] was the only food a parent was feeding their infant, it's a very real risk."

Needless to say, you should not put your baby on the Paleo Diet. If you do, you're a bad parent. In fact, you should probably be in prison. A prison located inside an Olive Garden that only serves never-ending pasta bowls.

The controversial book, Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way, For New Mums, Babies and Toddlers, is now delayed indefinitely. Which is good because it was co-authored by a trio of misguided idiots that you should not take health advice from: Pete Evans, a celebrity chef in Australia, Helen Padarin, a naturopath, and Charlotte Carr, the wife of an Australian Idol contestant.

But the Paleo Diet being forced on babies isn't an exclusively Australian problem. Just do a quick search for "paleo baby" in Amazon and you'll see that there are plenty of people who think that a romanticised version of "what the cavemen ate" is healthy for a child. It's not. And if you haven't heard already, those Paleo Diet books contain nothing resembling "what the cavemen ate."

Yes, adults should be able to eat whatever the hell they want. But when you start putting babies on a diet that's hurting them, you really need to rethink the science behind your new diet-cum-cult. Why? Because every one of these faddish diets is based on calorie restriction. And babies don't need calorie restriction, they need calories.

We need to stop pretending that something like the Paleo Diet or the Atkins Diet (or most diets, really) are based on anything but calorie restriction. Yes, you can eat a steak for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And each steak is about 500 calories, putting your daily caloric intake at 1500. But pretty soon you're going to need to eat an orange if you don't want your teeth to fall out.

If You Feed Your Baby The Paleo Diet You Should Be in Prison

The bullshit book in question.

Why do I care about the Paleo Diet? I really don't. As I said, adult humans should be able to try whatever dumbass food fads they like. But I've been forced to pay attention to this meat-drenched craze ever since I named my retro-futurism blog Paleofuture back in 2007. I'd never even heard of the Paleo Diet at that point. But apparently it was destined to become the next big thing in pseudo-historical food fads.

Today I even get emails from "experts" on the Paleo Diet who hope I'll comment on weight loss tips and healthy eating strategies. One email I got a couple weeks ago from someone at Paleo Magazine:

I'm putting together an expert roundup on 'Weight Loss on a Paleo Diet' on our site, and naturally wanted to reach out to you.

The question is: What's your best tip(s) to successfully losing weight on the Paleo Diet?

I know you're busy so a lengthy response isn't necessary (100 words is totally fine). I'll include a link to your site and Twitter/Facebook profiles in the post.

Keep in mind that before this blog post I've never written about the Paleo Diet in my life. Unless you count jokes on Twitter. I didn't respond to the email. So, naturally, I was sent a follow-up:

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Just checking in to see if you're interested in having your answer featured in my expert roundup post this week.

Your response, along with other contributing experts like Mark Sisson, Dr. Loren Cordain, and Robb Wolf is going to make this post one of the biggest of the year.

If not, no worries. But if you do want to participate, here's the question again:

What's your best tip(s) to successfully losing weight on the Paleo Diet?

I know you're busy so I don't need a long response. 100 words is more than enough.

Stop. Just stop. If you bothered to Google my email address, you should bother to read a single post on my site. It's not about the Paleo Diet. Well, not until this post.

I'm no expert on baby health. But I do trust paediatricians (you know, those actual experts on baby health) that are speaking out against this book. Feeding babies bone broth as a substitute for formula is a dumb idea. That shit was debunked as early as the 1930s. So just stop.

If you don't want to eat bread or pasta or any "modern" food inventions, then don't. If it makes you feel great to abstain from beer and pizza and other fantastic calorie-dense innovations, then do that. But don't project your calorie restricted neuroses onto your kids. The Flintstones wasn't a documentary.


Comments

    Oh wow! The stupidity is just dripping from the pages. I can't abide paleo for kids any more than I can chiropractice (looks better than their stupid word) for kids, or baby yoga.

    These authors need to be stopped, all three of them are utterly out or their league in giving health advice for children.

    I find it strange that parents who dont want their children to be fat, are under feeding and restictively feeding them so bad they are causing internal harm. A growing body needs a well normal and well balanced intake of food (I can never call a normal eating habits a diet), not some diet that restricts.

    The stomach flora (microbes) and their immune system are based on what the child is exposed at an early age from the moment the water breaks. C Section vs Natural Birth, Breast milk vs Formula, to exposure to solid foods, food variety, the surfaces they touch, the dirt they play in. Without exposure, your childs body wont know what is actually good or bad for it, worse thing...

    If you are in your 30s of 40s ask yourself this one question... Did you know any children at school that had Cancer ? Did you know any child that was deathly allergic to food ?

    Now ask a parent whos kid goes to school... Does your son/daughter go to school with a child that has/had Cancer? Does your child know anyone deathly allergic to food ?

    The answer is eye-opening. There is nothing wrong with our food, food hasnt changed that much as a child for me, if anything the food is better quality. The problem is we live in a toxic planet and parents have gotten so overprotective of their children, their immune systems are already showing signs of collapse and diets that limit exposure to harmful world mean your child will crumble to pieces at the first tiny particle of a peanut.

    Portion control is all you need... and any parent that has an obese child, seriously, learn to say "You had enough", if they kick and scream and cry and start going ballistically hyperactive or depressed when not excessively fed or repeatively eat one food type over and over again... your child has an bio-chemical addiction to the food and you need to seek professional help (doctor, not a quack)

    seems a pretty pointless article/ position to take....i.e. I don't claim to understand the topic but I understand it's important so take my half-baked view on it.. I haven't done my research on the topic either but I'm less inclined explore it based on a trending half baked rant that seems to commit the same offence it accuses its subject of

    diet-cum-cult. ??? I take it that cult is mostly full of prostitutes.

      Cum is a word that means 'and' or 'with'. You can see it in placenames too; 'Chorlton-cum-Hardy' where the villages of Chorlton and Hardy have combined over the years.

    I manage a cafe, and while I'm no dietician, I believe we are set for a generation of very ill people. I equate denying a child a balanced diet based on your personal ethics to child abuse, plain and simple.

    The CSIRO recommends a high protein, low GI diet with lots of variety in foods. Easy, and won't kill your kids.

    As much as Pete Evans rightfully deserves the criticism he has received for this ridiculous book, I am dismayed that the nutritionist involved, Helen Padarin, seems to have slithered away without consequence. She is, after all the nutrition expert and should have been the knowledge and voice of reason behind this book. She holds many shonky beliefs such as diet curing autism and promotes herself as an expert in such.

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