Podcast 012 – Vani Hari: Food Babe or Fear Mongerer?
Why does Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe make so many people angry?
Vani makes her living making food companies angry. She challenges them on the chemicals they use to make manufactured food more addictive, longer-lasting and as cheap as possible to produce. And she’s not quiet about it.
Is she alarmist? Unabashedly, yes. Her headlines are notoriously, um, cloying at times. (Did you catch the infamous “Do You Eat Beaver Butt?” post?) …And it would be easy to write her off as an obnoxious headline-grabber who is just looking to generate a following by making big companies like Kraft, Starbucks, Kellogg, and General Mills look bad. Except, isn’t there something backward here?
Vani Hari receives death threats on a regular basis because she is telling the world what food manufacturers opt to put in our food supply. Huh?
What’s wrong with this picture?
From her site:
Back when Congress gave the FDA authority over food additives (in 1958), there were about 800 additives. Today, the number of known ingredients has swelled to more than 10,000 and continues to grow. Even the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner, Michael Taylor, recently said: “We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of these chemicals… we do have questions about whether we can do what people expect of us”. – Washington Post
Additional resource: “Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes” – Washington Post
Well, maybe that isn’t as scary as it sounds, because apparently new food ingredients are commonly approved by the manufacturer themselves, and not by the FDA. So, that’s helpful, right? [What the ???]
So, what does this mean to you?
Why should you care?
Here are a few reasons:
– hyperactive children
– digestive disease
– premature aging
…are all on the rise. Like, WAY. ON. THE. RISE.
And, according to some experts, 70% of the average American diet now comes from processed food.
Interestingly, a research review of 172 clinical studies published in the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition concluded that “virtually all chronic diseases are partially caused by our modern diet of engineered foods.”
Related? You decide.
And isn’t that the point?
Do you have to like the Food Babe? Nope. Do you maybe want to listen to the information that she’s making public, then decide for yourself whether you opt in or out of the chemical s&^% storm that makes up the majority of processed foods?
Uh, yeah. Please do. And, if you’re not a little riled up after hearing this episode, then you weren’t listening.
What we talk about in this episode:
- Reading ingredient labels can change everything
- Why GMOs get such a bad rap [NOTE: we didn’t do this topic justice on the show, so check out these resources if we left you wanting more information: Why GMOs are bad and 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs]
- Breakfast cereal: not at all the healthy option we’re led to believe
- Why some chemical additives are illegal in Europe but not in the US
- And, chemicals that are banned from cosmetics, but not food
- What it is about Whole Foods Market that makes Ella crazy
- What Vani’s life – and body – was like before she was the Food Babe. Here’s a peek:
And, as always, Vani’s answers to:
Finally, you can get her book, The Food Babe Way right here and try her 21-day plan for transforming your life.
So, tell me – how do you feel about Vani’s message and the “Food Babe way”? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to the show in iTunes or Stitcher so that you automatically get new episodes.