Pete Evans releases controversial Paleo baby book

Pete Evans and co-authors are standing by their controversial baby food recipes.
Pete Evans and co-authors are standing by their controversial baby food recipes. 

My Kitchen Rules' celebrity chef Pete Evans has released his controversial baby Paleo cookbook, Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way for new mums, babies & toddlers, online.

The book was going to be published in hard copy by Pan Macmillan in March but was "pulped" after health experts warned some of the recipes could harm infants. It was made available as e-book on Thursday.

President of the Public Health Association of Australia Heather Yeatman told The Australian Women's Weekly she seriously feared for the health of babies whose parents or carers followed the book's recipes.

The book in question.
The book in question. 

"In my view, there's a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead," she said at the time the book was dumped by Pan Macmillan.

"Especially if [the DIY baby formula] was the only food a parent was feeding their infant, it's a very real risk. And [I consider that] the baby's growth and development could be impaired."

The books DIY baby formula contains blended liver, bone broth and oils.

Regardless of concerns, Evans and his co-writers, blogger Charlotte Carr and naturopath and nutritionist Helen Padarin, decided to go it alone and self-publish Bubba Yum Yum online.

"We are thrilled to announce that our book ... is now available," Carr wrote on the book's Facebook Page.

"I can not thank my beautiful friends Pete Evans and soul sister Helen Padarin enough. We have never believed in anything more and stand proud in this release."


In the post Carr says the online book will be made available as a "physical release" later in the year.

In an interview with Mother and Luxe last December Carr told how she came up with her own recipe for baby formula when her baby son Willow had trouble digesting her breastmilk.

"I felt overwhelmed with the ingredients on commercial formulas and just couldn't understand how we could go from something so pure to something so processed. What worked for me was finding a home made formula which I could make him," she said.

However experts say the formula recipe in Bubba Yum Yum contains more than ten times the safe maximum daily intake of Vitamin A for babies and does not provide adequate levels of other nutrients.

Health officials have concerns the recipe could potentially cause a vitamin A overdose in babies which could lead to a loss of appetite, dry skin, hair loss, bone pain, fissures in the corners of the mouth and failure to thrive.

The book has shone a spotlight on the Paleo diet and on Evans preaching its benefits.

It's drawn criticism the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) which has at least acknowledged "that there are some good aspects of the Paleo Diet".

The DAA say their members have been "attacked" for speaking out against the Paleo diet because of their concerns that it deviates from recognised nutritional guidelines.

"However, our primary concern is that some aspects of the Paleo Diet are inconsistent with the Commonwealth Department of Health's Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADGs)," they said in a statement.

"DAA is disappointed that our Association and our members are being attacked by vocal advocates of the Paleo Diet."