The author of a controversial Paleo cookbook for babies and toddlers has defended a recipe which critics say has the potential to kill a child.
Pete Evans, the co-author of Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way for new mums, babies and toddlers, appeared on Australia's Sunday Night program to talk about the drama surrounding the publication of his book.
The recipe at the centre of the storm is a DIY baby formula, which contains blended liver, bone broth and oils.
The recipe for Baby Building Broth is included in the foods recommended for babies aged 6-12 months.
Speaking to presenter Mike Willessee, Evans revealed why the publication of the book had been delayed from its original release date in March.
"The delay was our publisher got nervous," Evans told Sunday Night.
"They were nervous about how the big retailers would respond to negative publicity."
Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way was going to be published in hard copy by Pan Macmillan but was scrapped following the backlash. Evans and his co-writers, blogger Charlotte Carr and naturopath and nutritionist Helen Padarin, decided to go it alone and self-publish Bubba Yum online in May.
Overnight, the My Kitchen Rules host disputed criticism of the baby formula recipe, including claims from a professor from the Public Health Association of Australia that it could kill an infant.
"In my view, there's a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead," Professor Heather Yeatman, president of the PHAA said earlier this year, before the publication date was pushed back.
However, Evans denied this, saying: "There's no recorded case of harm from that one recipe," adding that it had been in print in America for over 20 years without any problems.
"We even halved the amount of liver that was in the original recipe," he said.
The broth has been reported as containing ten times the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A for infants, while lacking other basic nutrients.
Concerns were also raised about the use of runny eggs and added salt in other recipes in the cookbook, which contradict national guidelines.
The Paleo diet, sometimes referred to as the 'Caveman Diet', advocates eating the foods our ancestors would have even during the Paleolithic era. This includes eating unprocessed foods like vegetables, berries, nuts and meat, while avoiding dairy, grains and refined sugars.
According to News.com.au these are some of more notable, or ridiculous, recipes.
1. A good egg: A recipe for boiled egg yolk.
2. Onion poultice: This simple old-fashioned recipe works well to ease the pain of earaches, as well as helping to ease chest congestion. Place over the ear or chest for at least 5 minutes.
3. Happy Tummy Brew: The infamous bone broth formula has been renamed and re-sold with a warning its unsuitable for babies under 6-months-old. The recipe is questioned by experts.
4. Soft-boiled eggs with salmon roe: Pete Evans daughters Indii and Chilli just adore caviar, so naturally, he believes your children will too.
5. Dirty vs clean fruits & vegetables: This isn't a recipe, but Bubba Yum Yum's food shaming also extends to fruits and vegetables.