Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Don't go the Paleo way

Because that may demonstrate to you what complete and utter crap the Dietitians Association of Australia has been spruiking for as long as they've existed.

Their latest press release - Dietitians are completely clueless, just ask us!

A quick nod to Pete Evans, who alerted me (not personally) to the latest brilliance from the DAA. Pete is one of the plague of celebrity chefs around these parts, but he's one of the few who isn't shy about acknowledging; fat = flavour = for fruck's sake, add some more. He shows guts where others bow to the pressure of expert dogma*.

Look, I don't eat "The Paleo Way" and I don't even know what that really means with any certainty - the paleo mob seem to change the rules whenever they feel like it. But I do know that it's a hell of a lot healthier and intelligent than anything shat out of your typical dietitian's mouth.

It's increasingly popular among the citizens and the experts in nutrition don't like it. How dare the unwashed ignore our advice!

Some sadly predictable quotes from the press release:

"According to the Dietitians Association of Australia’s CEO Claire Hewat, the scientific evidence to support eating like our Palaeolithic ancestors just doesn’t stack up. And she goes as far as to call the diet potentially dangerous."

That must be why the human race was on the verge of extinction thousands of years ago - surviving only from offspring of the few vegan non-conformists.

"rather than getting on the latest fad diet bandwagon, I urge Australians to become familiar with the Dietary Guidelines and to seek expert nutrition advice from an Accredited Practicing Dietitian"

Ms Hewat is quite the comedienne. The Guidelines...ha.

To translate the press release:  the paleo diet is a fad, it's dangerous, it's expensive and unrealistic. The DAA is trustworthy and they base all their advice on irrefutable research and facts.

*There's nothing quite as awkward as watching a chef on TV cook something rustic and traditional, only to swap a vital ingredient for something low fat. Jamie Oliver did this for a while and he's not alone in cutting back on the butter because he'll likely be shouted down by a bandwagon full of people who've made a profession out of being perpetually offended or outraged . So sad.