ICB: My non-activated nuts are dead to me
Activated nuts? Yes please! How could you resist something that sounds so… active. And… nutty? Welcome to the latest I Call Bullshit, a section that looks at all manner of tripe. Today we’ll look at the latest foodie fad.
When celebochef Pete Evans told the world what he likes to eat in the Sunday Age’s My Day on a Plate section social media went… nuts. It wasn’t the organic spirulina what done it, or the emu meatballs, but his enthusiastic fondling of activated almonds.
And so, dear Reader, now we are all forced to learn what activated nuts are.
You take a nut. Then you soak it in water so it starts to sprout. The theory goes that at this point it is a born-again nut (it’s alive!). As opposed to its previous cadaverous state. And this Frankensteinian process does something to the enzymey things or reduces acid or some such.
Get this; then you dry it out again, but in such a way that it is still somehow alive but trapped inside a dried out shell that looks exactly like the original nut.
Sprinkle liberally with the word ‘wellness’ and you have an overpriced snack to serve up with your quinoa and stevia muffin.
You can see the My Kitchen Rules’ judge’s whole day of feasting here. You’ll see he starts his day with two glasses of alkalized water with apple cider vinegar. So something alkaline with something acid.
That’s a very expensive neutral drink right there.
Then there are the much-maligned cultured vegetables, which as far as I can tell means they’re pickled or fermented.
Usually at about this point it’d be easy to call bullshit on Mr Evans’ diet. But there’s a problem; the claims for the benefits of these foods are so vague as to be entirely meaningless. According to various websites non-activated nuts can “slow things down”, while activated nuts are easier to digest, or deliver nutrients more easily, or realign your chakras, or whatever.
Alkalized water can “cleanse the organs” and rehydrate you (not unlike regular water). Cultured vegetables have many of the same benefits as, well, vegetables. With maybe some extra ‘friendly bacteria’.
I Call Bullshit on the idea that these foods are in any way a necessary part of your diet, but whatever keeps you regular. Meanwhile, let’s take a slightly closer look at Mr Evans’ overall philosophy.
He was a little defensive when the great Twitter groupthink took somewhat of the piss out of his diet revelations. He said:
I’m occasionally ridiculed because I choose to eat a nutrient dense diet, and I find it so bizarre as to why people sometimes find my food choice’s so offensive (sic).
All I know is that I’m well aware of the consequences of eating ‘dead’ food, and also I’m a father, and I take that privilege very seriously, so for me striving for optimum health whenever I can so that I can be a responsible role model for my daughters, and still be able to surf right up until the end, is the obvious choice for me.
Unfortunately he declined to expound on the exact consequences of ‘dead’ food. Nor did he happen to mention whether he enjoys eating his fresh fish while it’s still alive, which is possible. Or whether his eggs would be better fertilised.
What Mr Evans has served up to us on a plate is a steaming pile of bullshit. ‘Dead’ food is a ridiculous, manufactured concept. Tying it into some nebulous moral imperative because he’s a father is both trite and patronising.
It’s also confusing when he’s partial to emu meatballs, unless someone’s come up with a way to keep the emu kicking.
What he has done is taken the quite sensible idea that food should be as fresh and un-mucked-around with as possible, and taken it to an entirely illogical extreme.
All he is doing is jumping on yet another foodie bandwagon with all its dubious claims and vague threats and immense profit margins, which is a bullshit distraction from the need for people to learn how to feed themselves and their families healthily.
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