“My Kitchen Rules” star chef Pete Evans has another claim – this time about the use of sunscreen, and it angered cancer research experts.
Evan has been known for expressing unfounded and uneducated opinion from fluorides to paleo diets for babies. His latest so-called expert opinion was about sunscreen and it made cancer research experts furious.
In a post on his official Facebook page, the chef was asked by a curious follower what he uses for sunscreen. The fan was probably hoping to receive a advice. However, Evans gave him an unfounded assumption.
He said some people do stupid things like putting on chemical sunscreen before they lay out in the sun for hours thinking that they are safe. The chef called sunscreen as “poisonous chemicals.” “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,” he said.
Evan stressed that he does not use any sunscreen and instead advised his followers to don’t stay out in the sun for long periods of time.
The “My Kitchen Rules” star chef was debunked instantly by health experts after sharing to his 1.5 followers on social media that sunscreen has “poisonous chemicals.”
Evan latest claim caught the attention of Terry Slevin, the director of education of Cancer Council. Slevin corrected Evans for his brave dismissal of sunscreen.
The director,also the author of “Sun, Skin And Health” book, explained that the science is clear – increased exposure to UV radiation will mean an increased risk of skin cancer. Slevin also expressed concern that popular personalities like Evans was so confident in giving out health advice without any science to substantiate his claims.
The “My Kitchen Rules” chef immediately defended his post and views on sunscreen.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph noted an Australian research published last March that proved for the first time that regular sunscreen use can decrease the risk of developing melanoma, which is the most fatal of all forms of skin cancer.
News.com.au noted that the research was conducted between 1992 to 1996 and it involved 1600 random participants from Nambour in Queensland. Half of the participants applied sunscreen every single day, while the other 50% only as they would. After 15 years, the number of participants who developed skin cancer from the group who applied sunscreen daily was half of the number of people who do not use sunscreen regularly.The study was called “The Nambour Study.”