CELEBRITY chef Pete Evans latest remarks on sunscreen have angered cancer research experts.
In a post on his official Facebook page, the My Kitchen Rules star was asked by a follower what he uses for sunscreen.
He admitted he uses “generally nothing”, claiming people who use “normal” sunscreen are just covering themselves in “poisonous chemicals”.
He wrote: “The silly thing is people put on normal chemical sunscreen then lay out in the sun for hours on end and think that they are safe because they have covered themselves in poisonous chemicals which is a recipe for disaster as we are witnessing these days.
“We need to respect the sun but not hide from it either as it is so beneficial for us, but use common sense.
“The goal is always never to burn yourself.”
Cancer Council’s director of education Terry Slevin expressed concerns over his response.
“The science is clear, increased exposure to UV radiation equals an increased risk of skin cancer and this is from people who have been researching this for decades,” Mr Slevin told news.com.au.
“Sunscreen use, including UV absorbers, which he refers to as chemical sunscreen, has been proven to reduce skin cancer risk.
“The question is who should people take their advice from on sun protection. Mr Evans is not someone I would call on for that advice. It’s yet another case of someone (in this case with a media profile) undermining the safety and efficacy of sunscreen.”
Pete Evans told news.com.au people needed to be more sensible with their outdoor time.
“I promote the use of non toxic sunscreen if spending long times out in the sun, like I mentioned in my answer, as well as not staying out in the sun for long enough to burn,” he said.
“So many people are vitamin D deficient and being sensible with your time outside is paramount — respect the sun by not overdoing it.
“Use common sense and research what is actually in all of the sunscreens, as like any product available there are good ones and not so good ones. Choose wisely.”
Pete has hit back today sharing a couple of in depth posts on his Facebook page. He urges everyone to “Read labels folks, learn about what’s in your food, what’s in your sunscreen, your skincare, your haircare, your water and most importantly, please wise up as to what you’re putting on or into your precious children! At the end of the day I’m just a passionate family man trying to do my best by my family and I’m openly sharing our journey!”
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