Pete Evans Justifies His Comments That Discourage The Use Of Sunscreen

Pete Evans, the Australian Paleo chef, has come down heavily on the use of sunscreen to protect people’s skin from the sun. Calling sunscreen a “recipe for disaster,” Pete Evans intimated to his 1.5 million Facebook followers that sunscreen creams and lotions contain poisonous chemicals that are harmful to people who use them. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the famous chef was criticized by representatives of the Australian Medical Association and the Cancer Council who are promoting the use of sunscreen to avoid skin cancer.

In fact, several medical practitioners are of the opinion that a high-profile celebrity like Pete Evans should not dissuade people from using sunscreen, as Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Pete Evans was quick to defend his comments about sunscreen by clarifying his viewpoint on a radio show that was broadcast by 2DayFM. The conversation between Pete Evans and the presenters got heated when the My Kitchen Rules judge was accused of using his celebrity status to influence people to forgo the use of sunscreen.

Accusing the presenters of quoting him out of context, a perturbed Pete Evans clarified his position by urging people to use sunscreen only once they are aware of the chemicals it contains. In fact, Pete revealed that he himself uses a non-toxic sunscreen called Surfmud which is not registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. Additionally, the celebrity chef justified his previous statements by highlighting the benefits of gaining Vitamin D by exposing the bare skin to moderate amounts of sunlight.

This is not the first time that the medical community has been up in arms against Pete Evans. According to The Guardian, the Australian chef was criticized for the bone broth recipe which he had invented for children.

Pete Evans has been a crusader against the use of toxic chemicals in food and health products ever since he became a fan of the Paleo diet, which has been shown to be effective in dealing with Type 2 diabetes. In fact, the My Kitchen Rules judge has been contacted by a number of Australians who are suffering from type 2 diabetes and who have managed to reduce or eliminate their diabetes medication entirely by adopting on Paleo diet.

A Paleo diet or “caveman” diet is a low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet that does not include processed foods, sugars, grains, and legumes. In Pete Evans’s opinion, bringing the Paleo diet into the mainstream will be beneficial for more than one million Australians who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes. According to News Australia, Pete Evans was introduced to the Paleo lifestyle by Nicola Robinson, the former swimsuit model and health food fan whom Pete Evans married in a farmyard wedding.

Pete Evans’s paleo diet seems to largely appeal to the middle-class who are interested in getting as close to nature as possible by rejecting the modern lifestyle that focuses on convenience and processed food. Recently, Pete Evans rubbished research reports that claimed that the “caveman diet” leads to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes. The research that was conducted by the Melbourne University revealed that mice who were put on a low-carbohydrate and high-fat diets for eight weeks exhibited rapid weight gain and an increase in the insulin levels.

The My Kitchen Rules judge criticized the findings and the study’s methodology on his Facebook page by suggesting that the research findings would not hold true if the experiment was conducted on humans. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Pete Evans challenged the veracity of the findings, as he suspected that the research was conducted with an ulterior motive.

“You do have to ask the question… who is funding this study, does this university or the professor have any ties with any pharmaceutical or multinational funding?”

Earlier, a research paper published in the April 2015 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reportedly proved that the Paleo diet expounded by Pete Evans proved to be instrumental in controlling glucose and cholesterol levels. The Australian chef has made information about his opinions available on his website and urges doubters to visit his website for information on the Paleo diet.

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