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Celebrity chef Pete Evans has again come under fire for controversial nutritional advice.

The My Kitchen Rules co-host warned a woman with osteoporosis to avoid dairy, during a question and answer session on his Facebook page last Sunday, The Herald Sun reports. Telling her that calcium from dairy products “can actually remove the calcium from your bones”.

The woman said her doctor “insists that medication is the only way”, and Evans then suggested she remove dairy from her diet to comply with the paleo diet.

“I haven’t given my kids dairy for over five years and they are thriving,” he added.

He even went as far as saying, “Most doctors do not know this information.”

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Osteoporosis Australia’s Peter Ebeling told the newspaper Evans’ claims were “really bad and just not true”.

“You can’t assume what he says is scientifically correct,” Prof. Ebeling said.

“The keystone to preventing osteoporosis is adequate calcium intake and this is achieved by three (daily) serves of calcium-rich foods like dairy.

“Dairy is the most easily available source and has the highest calcium content in it.”

Australian doctor Brad Robinson responded to the “astounding” advice in an open letter posted to Facebook.

“You are a chef, NOT a doctor,” Dr Robinson wrote.

“You do not have access to information that us uneducated doctors do not.

“Your astounding advice about osteoporosis would be amusing if it wasn’t so potentially damaging to anyone at risk who actually believed you,” he said.

“Can we make a deal? You don’t give medical advice and I won’t tell you how to best shuck oysters”.

Evans also came under scrutiny from Osteoporosis Australia’s Peter Ebeling, who told the Herald Sun the chef’s claims were “really bad and just not true”.

“You can’t assume what he says is scientifically correct,” Prof. Ebeling said.

“The keystone to preventing osteoporosis is adequate calcium intake and this is achieved by three (daily) serves of calcium-rich foods like dairy.

“Dairy is the most easily available source and has the highest calcium content in it.”

Today Pete has shared his indepth thoughts on dairy, see his post below.

The answer to whether or not anyone should consume dairy products is a complicated one. As with many things, the answer comes down to: “It depends.”

Last month, Pete was in the headlines after describing using normal sunscreen as “silly” because it was full of “poisonous chemicals”.

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  • Not all people can digest nuts or some of the vegetables that contain calcium and / Vitamin D for you to absorb the calcium.
    Not all can get their Vitamin D from the sun. I had an Auntie couldn’t go out in the sun because of medication she had to take for another serious medical problem she had.

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  • i have heard that too much calcium can leech the calcium from your bones. An american doctor told me this. I know in aus that, we were always told about three serves of dairy. I don’t think that pete should be handy out advise against doctor’s orders especially if other’s are claiming that this info is in-correct

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  • Sigh! it is hard for some people to know what to do when they get so much advice. I prefer traditional ways and would recommend the advice of a GP. A person can have opinions but I prefer to follow the advice of those that are qualified and have studied and have the latest research at their fingertips.

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  • I will never give up cheese, milk, yoghurt, cream, ice-cream ….. NEVER!

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  • Not a fan of Pete Evans and his ‘opinions’. Love what the Dr wrote in response!! haha

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  • You can get calcium from so many different types of food. Too many people think that the only way to get calcium is by drinking milk or eating cheese. Well, there surely are better options, like nuts.

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  • Lol, he sure is outspoken. I don’t think he should tell others what to do or not to do, as he isn’t a medical professional, but when his opinion is asked he sure can speak his mind.
    I agree with him btw that the use of normal sunscreen is kind of silly because it is full of poisonous chemicals and I’m not such a believer in diary myself and think there are many good other sources of calcium.

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  • He is very outspoken. He’s not afraid to say what he believes in, no matter how many people will ark up against him. I do worry that he is promoting things without real scientific evidence to back it up. There are other ways to increase calcium that aren’t dairy, so maybe he’s a little bit right

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