Pete Evans is no stranger to trouble and has once again landed himself in hot water for actively supporting a new controversial study.

Results of a study published in a US medical journey concluded that pregnant women who drank water that contained fluoride gave birth to babies with a lower IQ.

Celebrity Chef Pete Evans came out in full support of the research telling the Herald Sun: “This has been known for ages, and this is just the tip of that iceberg.”

Fluoride Is Toxic

He continued: “Fluoride is a known neurotoxin and it should not be put in our water supply.”

“If people choose to add fluoride then it should be their choice to do so. I cannot wait for it to be eliminated from being added to Australian water supplies.”

Experts were quick to refute the claims made in the JAMA Pediatrics publication.

No Evidence!

Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft, the chief executive of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch was derisive about the chef’s support of the claims. He spoke to saying:
“I think we should take public health advice from the experts and he should probably stick to the celebrity cheffing and leave public health policy to the experts.”

“Of course Pete is going to jump on board and say this is the silver bullet — as a lot of anti-fluoridationists will — but overwhelmingly there’s no evidence to link water fluoridation with health concerns.”

What The Study Said

The study involved 601 Canadian children from six major cities born between 2008 and 2012. 41 per cent of those involved in the study lived in communities supplied with fluoridated water.

Analysed data discovered maternal exposure to higher levels of fluoride during pregnancy was associated with lower IQ scores in children aged three to four years old.

“These findings indicate the possible need to reduce fluoride intake during pregnancy,” the researchers concluded.


However many experts are questioning the study methods and the concluding results.

“I find it hard to take Pete Evan’s opinion seriously when he isn’t a dentist who has seen kids with rotten teeth in the non-fluoridated towns compared to the happy, healthy kids in fluoridated areas,” Dr Kristina Cain, of Queensland’s Refresh Dental Spa told

“Dentists have a moral and ethical obligation to the community and its health and are effectively putting ourselves out of business by advocating water fluoridation. That has to stand for something.”

Dr Michael Foley, spokesman for the Australian Dental Association, said anything was toxic if you had enough of it – water, oxygen, calcium, iron, salt and even caffeine.

“Does this mean we shouldn’t drink coffee? Of course not,” he said.


There were, however, a few who defended Chef Evan’s viewpoint:

Dr Mark Diesendorf, an honorary associate professor in the environmental humanities group at Sydney’s University of NSW said:

“I’m opposed to fluoridation also, I must admit, but I wouldn’t come to that conclusion (to remove fluoride from water) on the present study alone,” he said.

“There’s a lot of other related studies that are entirely consistent with this, in the way of developmental neurological effects.

“I would argue pregnant women and also women feeding with formula should not use fluoridated water. There’s enough to be worried. We are now at a stage where this is something of concern.”

Most recently, Pete Evans hit headlines admitting he’d rather his kids ‘have cannabis’ than drink alcohol when they’re of age.

Do you believe Pete has a point? Tell us in your comments below.

More On Mouths of Mums

  • I thought Tooth decay had decreased since fluoride has been added to water so it’s not all bad! As the closing comment states, more research before making big changes!


  • I have always wondered whether fluoride in our water etc is doing us more harm than good, but I haven’t sat down and researched it myself, yet. As soon as I am able to get a filter for my tap I’ll be using the tank water for drinking. Looking forward to seeing the difference.


  • I think Pete Evans should stick to what he is good at… which is umm….


  • One would have to buy bottled water to not have fluoridated water in this country and forget about drinking it, what about cooking in it all the time? The only time I was worried was when one of my nieces who had eaten fluoridated toothpaste and also some tablets was diagnosed with a reaction to drinking fluoridated water. That was in the days before bottled water was so obvious in the country.


  • I thought he was a chef he’s become a doctor now


  • He’s entitled to his opinion but don’t add more worry and guilt on mothers than there already is, everything we do seems to harm our kids


  • Ahhh Pete… you have beautiful white teeth! How did that happen? Sadly, people listen to Pete and are so in awe of his white teeth that they don’t hear what he says. Based on this study? Really? What about the children I know who have high IQ and their mothers drank water with fluoride? Really Pete… your teeth are so lovely and white and shiny, I get lost in your teeth and don’t really hear what you’re saying. Just stop it… please!


  • I think more research needs to be done into the risks of fluoridation of our water. Pete Evans is completely entitled to his opinion but he is also an idiot in MY opinion haha.


  • His mum must of drank a ton of it as every time he opens his mouth I think his IQ is low. Seriously…..


  • This has been an ongoing issue for quite sometime. I personally don’t agree with water fluoridation. I also think this study would have many variables and would not have a clear cut answer- it is quite a big statement to say these babies would have a lower IQ.


  • I’m not a dentist and don’t agree in this study but all I smell is chlorine when I fill the tub for my baby. I hate the taste of our water it tastes like a swimming pool.


  • Just because Pete is a chef doesn’t mean he knows anything about this issue. I will only ever believe a medical doctor.


  • I used to like him, but now I think everything that comes from his mouth is nonsense. Theres no proof and I think all his years of cooking has him just wanting to “stir the pot” with his silly and sometimes dangerous views


  • ouchie! i wont believe anyone else than a doctor.


  • The first rule is always to consider the source. I don’t trust him and I don’t trust this study.


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