Health officials expressed concerns about some of the recipes

By Tara Fowler
March 12, 2015 11:50 AM
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A Paleo cookbook for babies has been placed on hold after health officials expressed reservations about some of the recipes, including a DIY baby milk formula based on liver and bone broth.

Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way for New Mums, Babies and Toddlers is co-authored by celebrity chef Pete Evans, baby-blogger Charlotte Carr and naturopath Helen Padarin. It was due to be published this Friday, but has since been delayed over concerns that some recipes could stunt children’s growth.

“There’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead,” Heather Yeatman, president of the Public Health Association of Australia, told the Australian Women’s Weekly.

The Paleo diet is based on food that our ancestors may have eaten, such as lean meat, nuts, berries and greens. It shuns all grains, legumes and dairy. The missing dairy is what raised a red flag for health experts when it comes to babies and young children.

Of particular concern is a recipe for DIY baby formula made from chicken liver and bone broth that contains no milk products at all. Yeatman warned parents that the formula is not a safe alternative to breast milk or regular formula.

“Especially if [the DIY formula] was the only food a parent was feeding their infant, it’s a very real risk,” Yeatman said. “And the baby’s growth and development could be impaired.”

Experts tell the Weekly that the DIY formula contains more than ten times the safe maximum daily intake of vitamin A for babies. It’s also lacking in other key nutrients.

“That’s the really troubling thing: the infant is totally at the whim of their parents when it comes to feeding,” Yeatman added. “If the wrong decision is made, they may be seriously affected.”

The book includes a disclaimer which states: “Although we in good faith believe that the information provided will help you live a healthier life, relying on the information contained in this publication may not give you the results you desire or may cause negative health consequences.”

Publisher Pan Macmillan Australia said the book had not been recalled, as was previously reported, but rather delayed while Australia’s Department of Health investigates the concerns, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.