Evans' Controversial Camel Milk Comments Gain Support
Support has come thick and fast for paleo advocate and My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans amid his controversial suggestion that breastfeeding mothers could give camel milk to their babies.
Earlier, Evans reportedly claimed on his website that camel milk was “nearly identical in its total composition to human milk” and could replace regular breastfeeding.
“It’s nearly identical in its total composition to human milk and as such may prove useful where supplementing regular breastfeeding might be necessary, as well as a non-immune reactive dairy alternative,” the post read.
The Public Health Association of Australia’s Professor Heather Yeatman said camel milk was “not a substitute for breast milk” and cautioned that camel milk could cause kidney damage for infants as it contained three times more protein than breast milk.
Evans’ paleo ‘tribe’ on Facebook has rushed to his defence.
But while health experts have dismissed Evans’ comments, it’s also kicked up dust with producers.
WA representative of the Australian Camel Industry Association Chris O’Hara, was more concerned about the quality assurance and due diligence of some camel milk producers.
“They feed [camels] the wrong thing and milk them the wrong way and don’t have the right hygiene and quarantine controls and then [consumers] go ‘ugh, camel milk makes me sick’,” he told 96FM.
And while Mr O’Hara stressed he was neither a scientist nor a doctor, he sided with Evans.
“He’s right,” he said.
“You can [give babies camel milk]. How you do it is what makes you a responsible adult.”
He explained, however, that while adults had the ability to make decision for themselves and their children, it didn’t take away the responsibility to make the correct decision.
“I think there’s caution we should take in everything, whether it’s drinking water or feeding babies,” he said.
Just two weeks ago, Evans had suggested that dairy should be removed from an osteoporosis sufferer’s diet.