‘Activated almonds’ joke trending on Twitter

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MELBOURNE – A TV chef’s bizarre diet plan involving “activated almonds”, which was published in a Melbourne newspaper, made Twitter go crazy after going viral.

‘Chef and My Kitchen Rules’ judge Pete Evans became the butt of hundreds of Twitter jokes for his “My Day on a Plate” food diary in which he claimed to start the day with “alkalised water” and “sprouted millet”.

“7am: Two glasses of alkalised water with apple cider vinegar, then a smoothie of alkalised water, organic spirulina, activated almonds, maca, blueberries, stevia, coconut keffir and two organic, free-range eggs,” News.com.au quoted Evans as writing.

An increasingly pretentious list of ingredients that followed included “sorghum”, “chia and buckwheat bread” and “cacao nibs”.

What really captured the attention of the Twittersphere was the mention of “activated almonds” – raw almonds soaked in water – and it quickly became a trending topic with the hashtag #activatedalmonds.

“Has anyone thought of ASKING the almonds if they’d like to be activated first? #activatedalmonds,” @fuddlemark tweeted.

“Went to eat a snack but my almonds are just sitting there, lifeless. What to do now? #activatedalmonds,” @jendudley tweeted.

“‘Activating your almonds’ – Aussie slang for being a wanker #activatedalmonds,” @thecyclingcook tweeted.

The mention of “cultured vegetables” was also turned into a source of amusement, as Twitter users debated what they actually were.

“You can tell a cultured vegetable because they talk proper,” @ThatEmilyLady tweeted.

“While my almonds were being activated I took my vegies to the ballet to ensure they’re cultured,” @bturbott tweeted.

Many Twitterers re-tweeted the column to Weight Watchers, for which Evans is a brand ambassador, complaining his diet plan was expensive and near impossible to follow.

Meanwhile, his Wikipedia page was altered, describing him as “an Australian chef, author, television personality and proud owner of activated almonds.”

An angry Evans took to Facebook to defend his diet choices on Sunday morning.

“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,” he wrote.

“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,” he added.

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