Celebrity chef Pete Evans has once again received backlash after he suggested camel milk as an alternative to breast milk for babies as it is just as nutritious.
Health experts have expressed their concern over the television personality’s claims in his program that camel milk is a “nutrient-rich” drink that is “nearly identical in its total composition to human milk’, The Daily Telegraph reports.
However, the Public Health Association of Australia said camel milk could cause kidney damage for infants because the liquid contained in it is about three times more protein than breast milk.
The program has been accused of putting infants’ lives at risk for suggesting to breastfeeding mothers to feed their babies with camel milk.
In a post on the chef’s website, it said that camel milk was ‘expensive and a bit hard to come by but is generally safe from an immune reactive standpoint’.
“[Camel milk] may prove useful where supplementing regular breastfeeding might be necessary, as well as a non-immune reactive dairy alternative,” the post reads.
This claim comes after Mr Evans was slammed for dishing out unqualified medical advice when he told a woman with osteoporosis to stop consuming dairy.
Camel milk advocates also agree, claiming that the milk is a superfood and could help a range of disorders, including diabetes, autism, digestive problems and food allergies. However, these claims have been dismissed as the NSW Health warned mothers to only feed their children with milk or formula that has been approved for infant use.
President of the Public Health Association of Australia Professor Heather Yeatman said camel milk was ‘not a substitute for breast milk’.