The Food Babe Ban List

This list is meant to serve as a companion guide to the articles I’ve written exposing the tactics of Vani Hari (aka the Food Babe).  It’s a list of over 610 products, vendors, and brand names that Hari’s targeted so far.  When you misrepresent the “dangers” of a product, then recommend an alternative for which you receive a sales commission–there’s a problem…

In addition to this list, you may also be interested in knowing that many of the products sold by Food Babe have the very same ingredients she says are dangerous.  For example, she sells a full line of products containing the same dyes over which she lambasts Weight Watchers, Kraft, and McDonald’s.  She’s sold BHT for nearly 3 years, all the while harassing Kellogg’s and General Mills over the same (safe) additive.  The Babe doesn’t like agave nectar, but she’s happy to sell you a full range of foods sweetened with–you guessed it–agave nectar.  And don’t even get me started on cellulose. A special series on Food Babe’s hypocrisy can be found here.

Without further ado then, here’s the Food Babe Ban List:

A
A1 Steak Sauce
Acetylated Monoglycerides
Activa
AeroMed Oral Glucose
Airport food (almost all)
Allegro (tea)
Alexia
Alka Seltzer
All-Bran
Almay
Almond Dream
Almond Joy
Alpen Gold (Kraft)
Alta Dena (butter)
Aminosweet
AMP Energy (Pepsico)
Amy & Brian
Anchor Butter
Andes
Anheuser-Busch
Annie Chun’s
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Aquafresh
Aquafina
Arby’s
Arnold Baker Light 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Arrowhead Mills
Artificial coloring (any product containing)
Artificial flavoring (any product containing)
Aspartame
Athenos Hummus
Atkin’s (protein shakes)
Avon
Aveeno
Azodicarbonamide (a safe bread ingredient)

B
Baby Formula (most, containing safe GMO corn syrup)
Bac’n Bits
Back to Nature
Baker’s
Baking powder (non-GMO)
Banana Boat
Barbara’s Bakery
Barley malt (any product containing)
BASF (Prop 37)
Bayer (Prop 37)
Beet sugar (any product containing)
Ben & Jerry’s (Prop 37)
Benevia
Berkely Farms
Betty Crocker
Bimbo
Big Gulp (7-11)
Bigelow
Birthday Cakes (all from supermarkets)
Blue No. 1 (food dye)
Blue Bonnet
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
Bolthouse Farms
Bobby Brown
Boca
Bread (almost all packaged bread)
Bright Beginning Baby Formula
Brisk
Brown sugar (any product containing)
Bubble Yum
Budweiser
Bull’s Eye
Bullfrog
Bumble Bee
Bunge (Prop 37)
Burger King
Butterball
Buttered syrup (any product containing)
Butterfinger

c
C20
Cafe Collection
California Pizza Kitchen
Campbell’s Soup
Canderel
Canola (rapeseed, non-GMO)
Canola seed oil (non-GMO)
Capri Sun
Caramel
Carob syrup
Cargill
Carnation
Carrots, non-organic
Cascadian Farm (Prop 37)
Castoreum flavoring (do you eat beaver butt?)
Celestial Seasonings
Cellulose (non-GMO)
Cereal (GMO)
Cetaphil Facial Cleanser
C. H. Guenther & Son (Prop 37)
Chanel
Charles Shaw Wine (2 Buck Chuck)
Cheerios
Cheese (all conventional American cows’)
Cheetos
Cheez-It
Cheez Whiz
Chewing gum
Chick-Fil-A
Chipotle
Chocolate Cheerios
Cici’s Pizza
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Citric Acid (non-GMO)
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12, non-GMO)
Coco Hydro
Coco Libre
Coco Pops
CocoZona
Coffee Mate
Coke (Coca-Cola)
Colgate
Colorose (non-GMO)
Con Agra Foods
Condensed Milk (non-GMO)
Confectioners Sugar (non-GMO)
Coppertone
Corn, all, in restaurants (non-GMO)
Corn Flour (non-GMO)
Corn Masa (non-GMO)
Corn Meal (non-GMO)
Corn Nuts
Corn Oil (non-GMO)
Corn Starch
Corn Sugar (non-GMO)
Corn Syrup (any product containing)
Corn Syrup, High Fructose
Corn Tortillas (non-GMO)
Corona
Cosmetics from drug stores
Costco (cakes, microwave popcorn)
Cottonseed oil, all, in restaurants (non-GMO)
Country Crock Butter
Country Time
Cover Girl
Cracklin’ Oat Brand
Crest
Crisco Canola Oil
Crisco Natural Cooking Oil
Crop Life (Prop 37)
Crystal Light
Crunch Nut (Kellogg)
Crush Soda
CVS Sunscreen
Cyclodextrin (non-GMO)
Cystein (non-GMO)

D
Dairy (all conventional American cow’s milk and cheese)
Danimals (yogurt)
Dannon
Dare
Dasani (Coca Cola)
Dean Foods
Del Monte
Deodorants (all aluminum-containing)
Designer Whey
Dextran/Dextrin [sic] (any product containing)
Dextrose, all (I kid you not–see the Stevia article)
Diacetyl (non-GMO)
Diastase (any product containing)
Diastatic malt (any product containing)
Diet Coke
Diet Mountain Dew
Diet Pepsi
Diet Soft Drinks
Diglycerides (non-GMO)
Dimethylpolysiloxane (ingredient)
Dole
Double Gulp (7-11)
Domino’s
Doritos
Dow
Dream Whip
Dreyer’s Ice Cream
Dr. Praegar’s
Dr. Pepper
Duncan Hines
Dunkin Donuts
DuPont

E
E951 (sweetener, U.K. & Europe)
Earth’s Best (baby formula)
EAS Myoplex
Edible Arrangements
Eggs (all, from fast food restaurants)
Eggo
Elizabeth Arden
Enfamil
Ensure
Equal
Equal Spoonful
Erythritol (non-GMO)
Estee Lauder
Ethyl maltol (any product containing)
Evian (Coca Cola)

F
Fair Life
Famous Amos (Kellogg)
Fanta
Fantastic World Foods
Fiber One
Five Alive
Flu Shots (very dangerous to skip this one!)
Food and Drug Administration, U.S. (FDA approved ingredients)
Food Starch (non-GMO)
Fosters
Franklin Farms
French’s
French Meadow
Fresh Market (cakes)
Frito Lay
Frosted Mini Wheats
Froot Loops
Fructose (any product containing)
Fruit, from concentrate
Fruit By The Foot
Fruit Gushers
Fruit Rollups
Funnel cakes
Fuze

G
Gardein
Garden of Eatin’
Garelick
Gardenburger
Gatorade
General Food International (General Foods)
General Mills
Gerber
Gevalia
Ghiradelli’s
Ginger Ale
Girl Scout Cookies
Glucose (any product containing)
Glutamate (non-GMO)
Glutamic Acid (non-GMO)
Gluten (for non-celiac disease sufferers, a safe protein found in wheat, barley, and rye)
Glycerides (non-GMO)
Glycerines (non-GMO)
GMO Foods (inc. corn, soy, cotton, canola)
Godiva Chocolates
Gogurt
Gold Medal
Good Earth
Good Morenings
Good Seasons
Golden Grahams
Goya
Gravy Master
Great Value
Grey Poupon
Groupe Danone
Guiness
Gummy bears

H
Haagen Daz
Hain-Celestial
Hall’s Cough Drops
Hamburger Helper
Handi Snacks
Haribo (gummy bear manufacturer)
Harris Teeter Cakes
Harvest Bay
Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen
Heinz Tomato Ketchup
Hellman’s
Hello Kitty popsicles
Hemicellulose (non-GMO)
Hemp Milk
Herbalife
Herbal Essence Shampoo
Hero (Prop 37)
Hershey’s
HFCS-90 (ingredient, High fructose corn syrup)
Hickory Farms
Hidden Valley Ranch (salad dressing)
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Honest Kids
Honest Tea
Honey Graham Oh’s
Honey Nut Cheerios
Hope in a Jar
Horizon Organic
Hormel
Hot Pockets
Hot Tamales (candy)
Hummus (prepackaged)
Hungry Jack
Hydrogenated Starch (non-GMO)
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (non-GMO)

I
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
Icehouse
Idahoan (Prop 37)
Inositol (non-GMO)
Inventure Foods (Prop 37)
Inverse Syrup (non-GMO)
Inversol (non-GMO)
Invert sugar (any food containing)
Isoflavones (non-GMO)
Isogen
Izze (Pepsico)

J
Jack in the Box
Jason’s Deli Ice Cream
Jason’s Deli Dressings
Jason’s Deli Meats
Jason’s Deli Muffins
Jason’s Deli Soups
Jell-o
Jenni O’s
Jett Puffed
Jiffy
Joe’s O’s
Jolly Time
Juice, Fruit (nearly all processed)
Just Juice

K
Kashi
Kellog’s
Kerrygold
KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
Kix
Kleenex
Knouse Foods
Kool-Aid
Kraft (not just Mac & Cheese!)
Krispy Kreme
Kroger (poultry)
Krusteaz
Kudos

L
La Banderita
Lactic Acid (non-GMO)
Lactose (any food containing)
Lakewood
Lancome
Land O’Lakes
Laughing Cow
Lavera
Lay’s Potato Chips
Lean Cuisine
Lecithin (non-GMO)
Lehigh Valley
Leucine (non-GMO)
Life Cereal
Lifesavers
LightLife
Lipton
Little Caesars
Living Harvest
L’Oreal
Lucky Charms
Lunchables
Lysine (non-GMO)

M
M&M/Mars
Malic acid (non-GMO)
Malitol (any product containing)
Malt (non-GMO)
Malt Extract (non-GMO)
Malt syrup (any product containing)
Maltodextrin (any product containing)
Maltose (any product containing)
Mannitol (any product containing)
Martin’s Potato Rolls
Maseca Corn Flour
Maxwell House
Maybelline
Mazola Corn Plus
Mazola Vegetable Plus
McCormick Seasonings, Spices, etc.
McDonald’s
Meat (ALL conventional, non-organic)
Menchies Frozen Yogurt
Mellow Mushroom Pizza
Methylcellulose (non-GMO)
Mexican Restaurants (most–I’m not kidding)
Michelob
MicroZap Inc.
Microwave ovens, all (watch out for those Hitler crystals! 😉
Mighty Leaf (tea)
Milani
Milk (all American non-organic, pasteurized)
Milk (condensed, non-GMO)
Milk Powder (non-GMO)
MillerCoors
Millers
Milo Starch (non-GMO)
Mineral Fusion
Minute Maid
Miracle Whip
Miss Vickie’s (Pepsico)
Mission White Corn Tortillas
MMR Vaccine
Modified Food Starch (non-GMO)
Modified Starch (non-GMO)
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Monoglycerides (non-GMO)
Monsanto
Monster
Morning Star
Morton Salt
Morton’s Seasonings
Mott’s
Mrs. Dash
Mrs. Fields
Mucinex
MUG Root Beer
Muir Glen (Prop 37)
Munkijo
Multi Grain Cheerios
Muscle Milk

N
Nabisco
Naked Juice
Nanoparticles (ingredient, especially yogurt)
Nature Valley
Neosugar (ingredient)
Nesquik milk
Nestle (virtually all products)
Neutrogena
Newcastle
Newman’s Own (popcorn)
Nice! Oats & Honey
Nilla (Kraft)
Nulaid
Nutrasweet
Nutri-Grain (Kellogg)
Nutter Butter
NyQuil

O
Ocean Spray
Odwalla
Old El Paso
Oleic Acid (non-GMO)
O.N.E Coconut Water
Open Pit
Orangina
Orbit (gum)
Oreos
Organic Valley (butter)
Ortega
Orville Redenbacher
Oscar Mayer
Oxybenzone (sunscreen component)

P
Pabst
Pace
Pacific Foods aka Pacific Natural Foods
Panera
Papa Johns
Papa Murphy’s
Papayas, all from Hawaii
Parent’s Choice Organic (baby formula)
Parkay
PB2
Pediasure (via “Moms Across America/Glyphosate article)
Pears from concentrate
Peñafiel
PepsiCo
Pepperidge Farm
Pepsi
Phenylalanine (non-GMO)
Philadelphia
Phosphoric acid (ingredient)
Phytic Acid (non-GMO)
Pickles and Relish (any that contain food dye)
Pillsbury
Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt
Pinnacle Foods
Pirate Booty
Pizza Hut
Planters
POM
Pop Secret
Popcorn (microwave)
Popsicle brand popsicles
Pop Tarts
Potassium sorbate (ingredient)
Powerade
Powerbar
Power Crunch
Prego
Pringles
Promise Me (Susan G. Komen perfume)
Propel
Protein Isolate (non-GMO)
Pure Protein
Pure Via
Purity

Q
Quaker

R
Rapeseed (aka canola, non-GMO)
Raw sugar (any product containing)
Red No. 40 (food dye)
Red Mango Frozen Yogurt
Reddi Egg
Reese’s
Refiner’s syrup (any product containing)
Reilly Food Company
Republic of Tea
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A, found in sunscreens and lotions)
Revlon
Rich’s Products
Richelieu Foods (Prop 37)
Rice Krispies
Rimmel
Rite-Aid Sunscreen
Ritz
Robitussin
Rolling Rock
Round Table Pizza
Russell Stover
R.W. Knudsen (Prop 37)

S
Sabra Hummus
Saccharine
Safeway (poultry, Prop 37)
Salad dressings (most, with “GMO oils”)
Salmon (farmed)
Salsarita’s
Sandwich Thins
Sanka
Santa Cruz Organic
Sara Lee
Sausages (with nitrates)
Sea Pak
Seattle’s Best Coffee (Pepsico)
Shakeology
Shock Top
Shoyu (non-GMO)
Silk & Horizon
Silk Soy Milk
Similac
Simply Light
Simply Orange
Slim Fast
Smartwater (Coca Cola)
Smart Balance (butter)
Smart Ones
Smithfield (Prop 37)
Smjor
Smucker’s
Snickers
Snyder’s of Hanover
So Delicious
SoBe (Pepsico)
Sodium benzoate (ingredient)
Sodium citrate (non-GMO)
Soft Drinks (almost all)
Solae (Prop 37)
Sorbitol (any product containing)
Soy, all in restaurants (non-GMO)
SoyBoy
Soybean Oil (any product containing)
Soy Flour (non-GMO)
Soy Isolates (non-GMO)
Soy Lechitin (non-GMO)
Soy Milk (non-GMO)
Soy Oil (non-GMO)
Soy Protein (non-GMO)
Soy Protein Isolate (non-GMO)
Soy Sauce (non-GMO)
Special K
SPF greater than 50 in sunscreens
Spices (Virtually all sold in the U.S.A.)
Sprite
Smart Balance Cooking Oil
Sorghum syrup (any product containing)
Sour Patch Kids
Spectrum Organic
Spice of Life
Squirt Soda
Starburst
Starch (non-GMO)
Starkist Tuna
StarLite Cuisine
Stearic Acid (non-GMO)
Stella Artois
Stevia, manufactured (see article)
Stewart’s (Soda)
Stove Top
Subway
Sucralose
Sucrose (any product containing)
Sugar (unless specified as non-GMO cane sugar)
Sugar, raw
Sugar, yellow
Sulfites (ingredient, vegetable preservative)
Sun Chips
Sun Drop
Sunny Delight
Sunscreens, all spray   (also see specific brand names)
Sunscreens, all powder  (also see specific brand names)
Sunscreens, CVS brand
Sunscreens, Rite-Aid brand
Sunscreens, Walgreens brand
Sunkist Soda
Super Big Gulp (7-11)
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Swanson Chicken Broth
Syngenta (Prop 37)

T
Tab
Taco Bell
Tamari (non-GMO)
Tang
Tapatio
Tassimo
Tazo (tea)
TCBY Yogurt
Teavana
Tea Forte
Tempeh (non-GMO)
Teriyaki Marinades (non-GMO)
Tetly
Textured Vegetable Protein (non-GMO)
Think Thin
Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins
Threonine (non-GMO)
Toblerone
Tocopherols (Vitamin E, non-GMO)
Toffuti
Tofu (non-GMO)
Tootsie Rolls
Tostitos
Town House
Trader Joe’s
Trehalose (non-GMO)
Triaminic
Trical (Prop 37)
Trident Gum
Triglyceride (non-GMO)
Triscuit
Trix
Tropicana
TruMoo (Dean Foods)
Truvia
Tuna, canned
Turbinado sugar (any product containing)
Tuscan
Twinings of London (tea)
Twist
Twizzlers

U
Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread
Uncle Ben’s
Unilever (Prop 37)
Uno Chicago Grill
Utz All Natural

V
V8
Vaccines (most)
Vega
Vegetable Fat (non-GMO)
Vegetable Oil (non-GMO)
Veggie burgers (non-organic)
Velveeta
Vermont Organics (baby formula)
Vie de France
Vita Coco
Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate, found in sunscreens and lotions)
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin, non-GMO)
Vitamin E (Tocopherol, non-GMO)
VitaminEnergy (Coca Cola)
Vitamin Water Zero
Vlasic (pickles)

W
Walgreen’s sunscreen
Walmart (I kid you not!  They’re selling GMO products!)
Welch’s
Wendy’s
Wesson Oil
Wheat Thins
Whey (non-GMO)
Whey Powder (non-GMO)
While Lily Flour
Whitewave Foods
Whole Foods (Even she doesn’t understand her do’s and don’ts–see her article!)
Whole Foods Organic Baby Formula
Wholesome Sweeteners
Wrigley’s Gum

X
Xanthan Gum (non-GMO)
Xochitl

Y
Yellow No. 5 (food dye)
Yellow Squash
Yellow sugar (any product containing)
YoCrunch (yogurt)
Yoforia Frozen Yogurt
Yogurt Mountain
Yoplait
Yuban
Yves Veggie Cuisine

Z
Zicam Cherry Cold Remedy
Zico Coconut Water
Zucchini

References
Please note: to avoid increasing search engine exposure for quack web sites, I use the DoNotLink service to obfuscate URLs. I promise you are not being redirected to porn 😉

Food Babe: Processed To Death (Cooking Oils)
http://foodbabe.com/2015/02/04/cooking-oils/

Food Babe: GMO Ingredients A-Z Reference
http://foodbabe.com/possible-gmo-ingredients-a-z/

Food Babe: GMO Ingredients in General Mills Foods
http://foodbabe.com/2014/09/17/general-mills-or-generally-toxic-after-you-see-this-product-i-know-which-one-youll-choose/

Food Babe: “Recipe for a Heart Attack”
http://foodbabe.com/2011/05/26/food-lion-speed-street-krispy-kreme/

Food Babe: Why aren’t you making your own hummus?
http://foodbabe.com/2011/05/18/homemade-hummus/

Food Babe: Artificial Dyes
http://foodbabe.com/tag/artificial-colors/

Food Babe: Read the Ingredients List
http://foodbabe.com/2015/01/06/read-ingredient-lists/

Food Babe Avoid These When Eating Out
http://foodbabe.com/2012/09/02/how-to-avoid-genetically-modified-ingredients-when-you-eat-out/

Food Babe: Olive Oil Archives
http://foodbabe.com/tag/olive-oil/

Food Babe: Sugar Archives
http://foodbabe.com/tag/sugar/

Food Babe: Dead Animal Parts in V8, Prego, Swanson, Campbell’s
http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/05/there-might-be-dead-animal-parts-in-your-v8-homemade-v8-juice/

Food Babe Heinz
http://www.donotlink.com/cxry

Food Babe: “Carrots soaked in chlorine”
http://www.donotlink.com/cxwa

Food Babe Microwave Ovens
http://www.donotlink.com/cxsd

Food Babe Beauty Products
http://www.donotlink.com/cxvy

Food Babe “GMO” Candy
http://www.donotlink.com/cxrx

Food Babe Cetaphil
http://www.donotlink.com/cxrq

Food Babe Oreos
http://www.donotlink.com/cxry

Food Babe: Parabens
http://www.donotlink.com/cl9t

Food Babe Mrs. Dash
http://www.donotlink.com/cxrt

Food Babe: Companies Fighting Prop 37
http://www.donotlink.com/cxsb

Food Babe Susan G. Komen & Other Cancer Organizations
http://www.donotlink.com/cxr4

Food Babe Flu Shot Nonsense
http://www.donotlink.com/eTg

Food Babe Kleenex
http://www.donotlink.com/cxpg

Food Babe Truvia, Stevia
http://www.donotlink.com/cxw0

Food Babe Sunscreens
http://www.donotlink.com/p-x

Food Babe “Just Say No” to Candy
http://www.donotlink.com/cxr3

Food Babe Fair Life
http://www.donotlink.com/cxqt

Food Babe Salmon
http://www.donotlink.com/cxph

Food Babe Chocolates
http://www.donotlink.com/caem

Food Babe Whole Foods (She’s really confused on this one!)
http://www.donotlink.com/cxpi

Food Babe Peanut Butter
http://www.donotlink.com/bc6k

Food Babe Toothpastes
http://www.donotlink.com/cxql

For Babe Birthday Cake
http://www.donotlink.com/cxpj

Food Babe Thanksgiving Scrooge
http://www.donotlink.com/b99

Food Babe Protein Shakes
http://www.donotlink.com/cxc5

Food Babe Spices
http://www.donotlink.com/cxc2

Food Babe Banned Holiday Gifts
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbt

Food Babe “GMO Wheat”
http://www.donotlink.com/cwrs

Food Babe Milk, Dairy Products
http://www.donotlink.com/cakd

Food Babe Baby Formula
http://www.donotlink.com/bg3w

Food Babe Non-Organic Meat
http://www.donotlink.com/cws3

Food Babe Double Standard
http://www.donotlink.com/bufs

Food Babe Ractopamine
http://www.donotlink.com/cecg

Food Babe Trader Joes
http://www.donotlink.com/b3jj

Food Babe Beer
http://www.donotlink.com/bv8
http://www.donotlink.com/cl9s

Food Babe Chewing Gum
http://www.donotlink.com/cwc5

Food Babe Snacks/GMOs
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbb

Food Babe Burgers
http://www.donotlink.com/l8X

Food Babe Silly Putty
http://www.donotlink.com/bQe

Food Babe Microwave Popcorn
http://www.donotlink.com/bro4

Food Babe Deodorants
http://www.donotlink.com/cbka

Food Babe How to Ruin Oatmeal
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbd

Food Babe Coconut Water
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbe

Food Babe Juices
http://www.donotlink.com/clol

Food Babe Natural Flavors
http://www.donotlink.com/c0r4

Food Babe General Mills
http://www.donotlink.com/bny7

Food Babe Soft Drinks
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbg

Food Babe “Toxic” drink
http://www.donotlink.com/ljL

Foodbabe Scare Tactics
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbh

Food Babe Mexican Pizza
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbi

Food Babe Pizza
http://www.donotlink.com/gAN

Food Babe Jello
http://www.donotlink.com/iZX

Food Babe Medicine Misinformation
http://www.donotlink.com/bfvc

Food Babe GMO Natural Products
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbj

Food Babe Pepperidge Farm
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbk

Food Babe Cereal
http://foodbabe.com/2013/10/16/how-this-very-popular-cereal-is-exploiting-americans-what-you-can-do-about-it/

Food Babe GMO Archives
http://foodbabe.com/tag/gmo/

Food Babe Butter
http://foodbabe.com/2014/01/20/is-butter-secretly-ruining-your-health/

Food Babe Jason’s Deli
http://foodbabe.com/2013/04/23/jasons-deli-whats-healthy-whats-not/

Food Babe Bread
http://foodbabe.com/2014/02/24/healthiest-bread-on-the-market/

Food Babe Never Buy!
http://foodbabe.com/2014/10/21/10-grocery-store-items-you-should-never-buy-again/

Food Babe Tea
http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you-know-whats-really-in-your-tea/

Food Babe Frozen Yogurt
http://foodbabe.com/2011/05/07/fro-yo-craze-is-just-well-crazy/

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65 thoughts on “The Food Babe Ban List

  1. Thanks for the list, I didn’t realize there was so much to choose from!

    ***no need to post next bit of info***

    I was wondering why this entry wasn’t appearing in the reader. I happened to notice that you’ve used more than 15 tags, which to my understanding, posts using more than 15 will not appear in the reader. Just FYI.

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  2. Thank you for the info on tags Occraz. I didn’t realize there was a limit and I need to revisit the post.

    Yes, there is a lot to choose from. I’m stunned by how many companies/products Vani Hari has defamed, and how blatantly she is pushing alternative products for which she’s receiving a commission. The fact that she has so many followers shows just how gullible people can be. And here you and I chose to make an honest living 😦

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    • Are you counting food babes money or do you have a substantial reason to consume the products on food babes banned list? Or, both?
      Have you a superior dietary system or formula? Without a substantial solutions to the poor nutritional products on market shelves and restaurant tables, even your emoji humour can’t keep you from looking like a “gatekeeper”.

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  7. I’m amazed at the stupidity here…I think this is a great list of products to stay away from…if you all want to keep consuming aspartame, diet soda, artificial favors, GMOS, Burger King, dunkin donuts etc go for it… Let me know where you are at in a few years… Amazing you people will spend so much time trying to prove how good this crap is for you… If all this stuff worked wouldn’t America be the healthiest country on earth? Wake up people!

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    • The majority of the world–including scientists–would be thrilled for any evidence at all that anything on this list is dangerous. Chemistry students know that aspartame metabolizes to the same end products as tomato and certain fruit juices; only those juices produce more (and the human body clears them away without any problems whatsoever). Basic biology would have given you the tools necessary to know that there’s nothing wrong with GMO food. And I’d love to know what’s “dangerous” about artificial flavors. Can you tell me?

      I’m not suggesting that eating every meal at Burger King or other fast food joints is a good idea. But Vani Hari’s outrageous claims against these chains are ridiculous and IMHO amount to slander. Eating dinner at Burger King is not going to hurt you.

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      • Well I can answer your question about what’s so dangerous about artificial flavors. It’s because artificial flavors are made from inedible sources such as petroleum…per FDA rules. I don’t know about you but I really want petroleum by products in my food. And about gmo’s, there is something inherently wrong with a plant that doesn’t die when roundup is sprayed on it or corn that can produce its own pesticide. If nature intended for these things to be tinkered with then she will do it on her own. Now I don’t agree with someone trying to tell me that such and such foods are bad if they are only trying to push their own products and affiliations that contain the same ingredients.

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        • Thanks for reading and replying. It’s actually natural flavors that Hari objects to (and sells!)

          What is wrong with a plant producing is own pesticide? Caffeine is a pesticide and is, of course, produced by plants.

          Nature isn’t a person that has intentions. It isn’t a he or she.

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    • The Fallacious Argument you just used actually contains seven different Logical Fallacies in total and will list them for you now. You basically ranted out a feeling you have based on an uniformed opinion.

      “I’m amazed at the stupidity here” (Ad Hominem or Argument to the Man)
      “I think this is a great list of products to stay away from” (Argument From False Authority:)
      “if you all want to keep consuming aspartame, diet soda, artificial favors, GMOS, Burger King, dunkin donuts etc go for it” (Reifying and
      Ambiguous Assertion)
      “Let me know where you are at in a few years” (Needling)
      “Amazing you people will spend so much time trying to prove how good this crap is for you…” (Argument From Personal Astonishment)
      “If all this stuff worked wouldn’t America be the healthiest country on earth? Wake up people!” (Hypothesis Contrary To Fact and Complex Question (Tying) plus Causal Reductionism (Complex Cause).

      So you should really try and ask a new question, as that…wasn’t. Anyway, despite the food babes advice, I will take “dihydrogen monoxide” (DHMO) every day and be healthier than you. Sorry you think we should not take that stuff but after so many years, I need it. You should research it before banning it or avoiding it altogether.

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    • Scott, do you realize your aspartame article doesn’t contain a single scientific scholarly reference? Not one! I read it several times. Would you please read it again and point out any that I might have missed?

      Just to give you an idea of where I’m coming from, I could sit down and write an article just as long as he aspartame silliness, claiming that breathing was bad for you. I’d have just as much evidence for breathing vs. aspartame.

      Honestly sir, all you’ve given me are paragraphs of scare tactics. Again, do you have any peer-reviewed scientific studies showing conclusively that aspartame is dangerous?

      I’d like to ask for the same for GMOs. The article you linked is just an interview with a disaffected doctor. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to read and respond. My hope is that you would spend time some reading some GMO material from a reputable source (such as the USDA) and bone up on your basic biology and genetics before coming to a conclusion. Looking at what you’ve submitted… this just is not in line with what’s known about genetic engineering.

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      • How about you show me your peer reviewed articles that claim aspartame isn’t dangerous? Even peer reviewed articles have been found to include falsified information. This is about more than the fear of Gmo’s and aspartame. Scare tactics, or not, we are all entitled to know what ingredients are in our food products and I’ll choose which ones I’m willing to consume. We don’t need people like you bashing on people for their ideals.

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        • You’re certainly entitled to know what’s in the food, but your right to free speech does not include lying about health dangers that aren’t there. I’m constantly amazed by those who seem to believe freedom of speech works in one direction. Sorry, but if you’re going to make the claim that something is dangerous, the burden of proof is on you. This is a basic scientific concept that seems lost on the pseudoscience crowd. If you’re going to claim aspartame is dangerous, show me the peer reviewed scientific evidence. Or don’t make the claim. If you do make the claim, you’ll be called out on it.

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    • P.S. Regarding this: “Artificial Flavors…how about just because they are a chemical?”

      Scott, every single thing you put into your body is a chemical. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, have a seat of honor at Burger King, or fall somewhere in between, EVERY. SINGLE. THING. you ingest is a chemical. All of the food. All of the water. They’re all chemicals.

      Where they “came from” does not matter. It doesn’t make them “dangerous” or “not dangerous”. This is why and so many others are fighting so hard for good science education in our schools. If these points where understood, so little time would be spent on these type of arguments.

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      • Do you realize how ridiculous that argument was? And to finish with “good science education” is particularly amusing. Maybe if you had had some “good science education”, we wouldn’t need to be having this debate right now.

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        • My science education is actually very good Lazzeia. Part of that includes admitting I’m wrong when I’ve been proven wrong. So if there is a particular fact (or set of them) you disagree with, please do present them and let’s debate. I’m sorry, but all I see in the comment I’m replying to is a veiled ad hom attack. Not very scientific!

          So, please, what do you disagree with and what are your facts? Let’s debate.

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  8. I love how you conveniently shy away from the big picture…if science is so fantastic and the USDA and FDA are so trustworthy why isn’t America the healthiest nation in the world?

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/07/10/united-states-health-outcomes-far-worse-than-other-comparable-nations/

    We are 5% of the worlds population and consume 50% of the worlds drugs and 80% of the worlds psychiatric drugs…and are one of the most unhealthy nations on the planet.

    I had aspartame poisoning, suffered from depression and migraines….as soon as I stopped they went away. Have eliminated my arthritis naturally by eliminating inflammation causing chemicals from my diet and using baking soda, lemon cherries and Honey, cured my mother in law from stage 4 breast cancer with doctors claiming she was going to die in 3 months by eliminating, sugar, wheat, increasing vitamin D, magnesium, and other supplements severely lacking from all the crap in the American food system. I don’t need a scientific study on some isolated chemical, I believe the scientific evidence conveniently being overlooked shows that holistically the toxins in our food and water supply are wreaking havoc on America.

    Aren’t we told the sun is dangerous, supplements are useless, you can overdose on vitamins, etc? Follow the trail of money, you can’t make money with baking soda and lemon so that will be swept under the rug and some pharmaceutical drug with 50 different side effects is the only possible solution… Really? I don’t think I’m the fear mongerer, sir I believe you are. Connect the dots, follow the money and explain to me why America is one of the most unhealthy countries on the planet? It’s a simple question with a simple answer…we are being poisoned for monetary gain… There are places on earth where people live longer lives then in America without chronic pain, disease, obesity and heart disease…and oh, by the way don’t follow what the American government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and scientists claim to be safe…

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    • Sorry if it appeared I was shying away from anything. I’m always open to learning new things and am willing to admit when I’m wrong. I DON’T, however, accept FOX news and other such rags as news sources. I know our cancer research in particular is outstripping other countries because I just researched it–and can back the claim with *scholarly* (peer-reviewed) sources. In other words, not just some people making loud claims in a right-leading politically motivated newspaper.

      Seriously, all of the “he said, she said, they said” rampant in your comments… they don’t mean anything. Not to a scientist. I know for a fact we are NOT one of the most unhealthy countries–though we CERTAINLY could be doing better.

      We could use science to do better. We could be teaching people about the dangers of truly bad food they’re eating, and about how overeating is such a bad thing! We could also be teaching that GMO food isn’t bad. We could be teaching people to get vaccinated and cut down on the number of little typhoid mary’s running around in our schools. We could cut down harder on cigarette smokers. We could tightly regulate woo spreaders like the homeopathics–you cannot make claims about efficacy unless it’s demonstrated in clinical trials.

      Yeah, if we listened hard to SCIENCE, we could become a safer country.

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      • “Seriously, all of the “he said, she said, they said” rampant in your comments… they don’t mean anything. Not to a scientist.”

        Then why on earth do you lot emphasize “peer reviewed data”? You seem to worship it, and at the end of the day, it’s a lot of “he said, she said” business too. Scientists are humans. They have human biases. They are not super-human beings who cannot be influenced and are some kind of ultimate authority, and to claim so is insulting to people’s intelligence, and absolutely ridiculous.

        Cocaine was also hailed as a miracle drug — before it was found to be dangerous. Right now, we’re living in an age that has commoditized human health. There is no money in keeping a population healthy. Keep that in mind.

        Yeah, if the SCIENCE industry wasn’t as corrupt and as polluted by industry as it is; and if the FDA, USDA and EPA actually followed their mission statements and protected the health of the general American populace instead of pocketing corporate dollars, we could become a safer country. You’re the shill, my friend. And you’re probably not even getting paid for it. Or are you?

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  9. “We could tightly regulate woo spreaders like the homeopathics–you cannot make claims about efficacy unless it’s demonstrated in clinical trials”. Wouldn’t a better name instead of woo spreader be profit blocker? I’m sure a big pharma company is going to spend money showing baking soda is better then chemo because they have my best interest at heart…right, a $3 box of baking soda vs $2000 chemo treatments? You said you are open to learning? Follow the money…which one do you think they are going to disprove or ignore?

    I’m sure you will doubt this study for some reason…

    http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/cancer-baking-soda

    However I have the proof of watching it work for my mother in law…the regimen outlined in the bottom of this article… No chemo…stage 4 – 3 months to live…completely reversed…

    Or how about Celebrex prescribed for my arthritis..that’s been through clinical trials right? The following side effects are acceptable?

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS————————-

     Seriousandpotentiallyfatalcardiovascular(CV)thromboticevents, myocardial infarction, and stroke. Patients with known CV disease/risk factors may be at greater risk (5.1, 14.6, 17.2).

     Seriousgastrointestinal(GI)adverseevents,whichcanbefatal. The risk is greater in patients with a prior history of ulcer disease or GI bleeding, and in patients at high risk for GI events, especially the elderly. CELEBREX should be used with caution in these patients (5.4, 8.5, 14.6, 17.3).

     Elevatedliverenzymesand,rarely,severehepaticreactions. Discontinue use of CELEBREX immediately if abnormal liver enzymes persist or worsen (5.5, 17.4).

     New onset or worsening of hypertension. Blood pressure should be monitored closely during treatment with CELEBREX
    (5.2, 7.4, 17.2).

     Fluid retention and edema. CELEBREX should be used with caution in patients with fluid retention or heart failure (5.3, 17.6).

     Renalpapillarynecrosisandotherrenalinjurywithlongtermuse. Use CELEBREX with caution in the elderly, those with impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, and those taking diuretics, ACE-inhibitors, or angiotensin II antagonists (5.6, 7.4, 8.7, 17.6).

     Anaphylactoid reactions. Do not use CELEBREX in patients with the aspirin triad (5.7, 10, 17.7).

     Seriousskinadverseeventssuchasexfoliativedermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which can be fatal and can occur without warning even without known prior sulfa allergy. Discontinue CELEBREX at first appearance of rash or skin reactions (5.8, 17.5).

    But foolishly I decided to up my vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin A levels, while starting a regimen of cherries, raw honey and cinnamon, based on recommendations from one of the top 10 woo spreaders in the world that I work with and lo and behold, my arthritis is gone… Doctor who prescribed Celebrixs comment… I’ve never seen anything like this…. Hmmmmmmmmmmm

    So much scientific proof exists that science is not better then nature…but there’s no profit in what nature can provide, of course big pharma is going to demand clinical studies, and bend the evidence to be profitable for them at the expense of you and I…

    I would love to see proof of where America is really leading in world health…and cancer research…because of our amazing science…and who that study is funded by…to the most casual observer walking around a mall or public place I see most people in fairly poor health…but maybe my standards are different…

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    • I went as far as the first “study”, Scott. “fungal colonies and cancer colonies being the same thing?” Absolutely, utterly, ridiculous. Cancer isn’t a single disease with a single cause. I sincerely hope that if the man making this claim does have a medical license that it’s stripped immediately. It just isn’t true.

      I’m glad your mother-in-law underwent natural remission. I’ve watched too many people die from the wide array of cancers that are out there. I’ve also watched several cured by modern medicine and am glad for it. We’re in much better health now than we were even 100 years ago, thanks to modern medicine, food, and sanitation. Science has moved us forward despite those that would hold use back.

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  10. Again, I think you are conveniently missing the point of the study. There is scientific proof that the acid alkaline relationship in the body is a major factor in chronic disease. Alkalinity comes from reduced toxicity, which directly comes from a more natural approach and consumption of things aligned to what nourishes the body. Baking soda alkalizes the body. Because of the profit motive by big pharma this is not studied or made mainstream because big pharma can’t profit so it gets pushed aside as in your terms by woo Sayers…

    When was the last time you saw lemon water described with 15 different disclaimers about the harmful effects it may cause… Never…but you can attack someone like food babe because she has some details incorrect but overall is trying to bring awareness to better choices. And oh my gosh yes trying to earn a living from doing so…how vile! But you will steadfastly support and defend companies pushing toxic cocktails like Celebrix, Viagra, and other drugs that have potential life altering side effects and are solely focused on profiting from the pain and chronic illness of its users. How this makes sense to you is beyond belief!

    And yet again how you think America is becoming more healthy is rediculous…the toxicity in our food supply is insane. If you believe everything is so safe that the FDA claims is safe why don’t you eat pop tarts and only drink diet soda for 30 days and let me know how you fare… They are safe right? If you aren’t willing then you know you will not emerge more healthy then when you started and thus by default are admitting that these “foods” are not safe… You know if you were to eat salads for 30 days you would become more healthy I would believe. No clinical study required correct? So what’s my point? If after consuming something for even one time causes a deterioration in you well being then it must be a factor in causing illness…correct? And guess what not safe… It’s pretty simple… Unfortunately the conditioned population now believes that the human body is so imperfect that it should have aches and pains and chronic illness as the body ages, and this is exactly what big pharma wants them to believe…that they get a headache because they are deficient in Tylenol… Have someone come along and say hey, you are probably just dehydrated need to drink more water and they get squashed…again…follow the money…

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    • // When was the last time you saw lemon water described with 15 different disclaimers about the harmful effects it may cause //

      Drinking too much water can be fatal: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/

      If you go the Food Babe route with water, as she did with azodicarbonamide, which is safe to ingest but not inhale, water is toxic. According to the World Health Organization, 360,000 people died from water inhalation in 2011. This is not an exaggeration. This is exactly what Vani Hari did with Subway bread.

      In all sincerity, lemon water probably doesn’t rate as many warnings because it doesn’t have much of an effect on your body–bad or good. Compare and contrast it with a wonder drug like Gleevec, which has literally saved the lives of countless people afflicted with chronic myeloid leukemia. CML was a death sentence a decade ago. Now it is now. Gleevec has unwanted side effects. Staying alive is NOT one of them. I happen to know CML patients who are very happy to accept the side effects and continue living.

      As far as Food Babe “earning a living”, I think you’re missing the point. She isn’t making mistakes–she’s slandering items based on ingredients she says are dangerous while earning affiliate commissions on items with the same ingredients. For example, deodorants that contain aluminum:

      https://badscidebunked.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/food-babe-pushing-dangerous-items-naturally-fresh-deodorant/

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  12. Now your just trying to be funny… Oh yes Gleevec is definitely a wonder drug! It’s a wonder it’s even legal! Cute name though!

    As for azodicarbonamide…looks perfectly safe to me, funny it’s banned in many countries as a food additive but in the US it is generally recognized as safe…GENERALLY RECOGNIZED…like a Mercury filling and toxic fluride…again let’s have the public ingest more chemicals…we are doing fine, but the amazing science community is confused as to why chronic illness, autism, food allergies and obesity is on the rise…I don’t know what could it be?
    As a food additive
    As a food additive, azodicarbonamide is used as a flour bleaching agent and a dough conditioner.[2] It reacts with moist flour as an oxidizing agent.[3] The main reaction product is biurea, a derivative of urea, which is stable during baking.[3] Secondary reaction products include semicarbazide and ethyl carbamate.[2]

    Safety and regulation
    As a food additive, azodicarbonamide is not authorised for use in Australia and the European Union.[4]:548[5] In the United States, azodicarbonamide has generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status and is allowed to be added to flour at levels up to 45 ppm.[6][4]:548

    Interesting that lemon water doesn’t have a list like Gleevec has below…but yes it is hazardous if I inhale it…thanks for pointing out that inhaling water is deadly, I think that’s called drowning right?

    Let’s see, you take Gleevec and just for fun some azodicarbonamide, pop tarts, diet soda just because and I’ll drink lemon water, eat salads, supplement myself with vitamin D, vitamin A and magnesium just because and let’s see what happens after 30 days, or 90 or a year… Let me know when you want to start our “trial”. My hypothesis is I’m going to be significantly more healthy…I’m sure you would disagree because in your mind everything you defend is perfectly healthy…even though the lists of side effects is dizzying…

    It’s still amazing to me you defend things like below as acceptable and attack someone like food babe… And just so I’m clear I don’t have thoughts about food babe either way other then I’m supportive of anyone who calls attention to the harm that’s being caused by poor thinking, or conditioned response and gets people to take a step back and assess what’s going on. It’s truly sad that people have become so conditioned to accept chemicals as the only solution and are being harmed with those beliefs and not awakening to the fact that science is not better then nature…

    Side effects of Gleevec:
    Important things to remember about the side effects of Gleevec:

    Most people do not experience all of the side effects listed.
    Side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration.
    Side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete.
    There are many options to help minimize or prevent side effects.
    There is no relationship between the presence or severity of side effects and the effectiveness of the medication.
    The side effects of Gleevec and their severity depend on how much of the drug is given. In other words, high doses may produce more severe side effects.
    The following side effects are common (occurring in greater than 30%) for patients taking Gleevec:

    Low blood counts. Your white and red blood cells and platelets may temporarily decrease. This can put you at increased risk for infection, anemia and/or bleeding.
    Nausea and vomiting
    Edema (swelling of the face, feet, hands)
    Muscle cramps and bone pain
    Diarrhea
    Hemorrhage (see bleeding problems)
    Skin rash (see skin reactions)
    Fever
    These side effects are less common side effects (occurring in about 10-29%) of patients receiving Gleevec:

    Headache
    Fatigue
    Joint pain
    Indigestion (see heartburn)
    Abdominal pain
    Cough
    Shortness of breath
    Poor appetite
    Constipation
    Night sweats (see skin reactions)
    Nose bleeds (see bleeding problems)
    Weakness
    Your fertility, meaning your ability to conceive or father a child, may be affected by Gleevec. Please discuss this issue with your health care provider.
    A rare, but potentially serious side effect of Gleevec is liver toxicity. There may be elevations in transaminase, bilirubin, and lactate dehydrogenase.

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        • I have no idea what you’re talking about Lazzeia, but that’s been the theme of the nearly dozen comments you’ve posted on my blog in the last few hours. I’ve asked you repeatedly to offer up evidence to back your views–or even PLEASE just explain what your views are–but you seem determined to throw out insults at those who disagree with you and offer up nothing else in return.

          Do you *have* a scientific, logic-based position on any of the issues being discussed? If so, what is it please?

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  13. Right, let’s use another drug to cure the problems caused by all the drugs, artificial flavors, fluride, GMOS, Mercury, aspartame etc that’s deemed safe by the FDA…makes perfect sense… Because there can’t be any other way then another drug, with side effects…and that profit can be derived from… Simply amazing…

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  15. I’m not doubting that this Food Babe is cashing in on food trends, but practically everyone who has a website dreams of doing that, so you can hardly demonise her in that respect. Also, a quick read of the food list shows that Bad Science Debunked is actually promoting bad science. GMOs have not been proved safe for human consumption in non-biased, peer-reviewed studies. There aren’t any. And they’re in baby formula, along with high fructose corn syrup, which _has_ been proven to contain mercury. Please don’t ask me to procure a “source” proving mercury isn’t safe. There aren’t any studies that show that driving your car off a cliff isn’t safe, either. At any rate, she is right about all of those products. They aren’t good for you. And to say otherwise is equally irresponsible science. Making a drinking game showing your absolute contempt of her just shows how insecure and disrespectful of other humans you are. You are showing a distinct lack of humanity in the name of some kind of humour, which discredits everything else you write, and shows how non-objective you are. Have fun being consumption robots. Hope you don’t get cancer.

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  16. Shame, there is no reply button to your rebuttals. I wonder why that is, Mark? I suggest that you add one, otherwise any kind of organized discourse and adherence to topic is impossible.

    Re: conspiracy theories. You’re the one who is bringing up conspiracy theories. I mentioned nothing of the sort. What is well known and frequently in the news is the mismanagement of large government agencies such as the EPA and FDA since 2000. That is fact, not conspiracy. Don’t attempt to paint me as a conspiracy theorist, and thus discredit me.

    Once you fix your commenting, then I’ll come back and we can have a discussion. But I am not entirely willing to have a discussion with a person who cannot read properly or construct logical arguments, both of which by your replies you have proven yourself unable to do.

    And you referred to a “game” in one of your replies. If you think of human health as a game, then you are clearly not taking any of this seriously, and thus I am even more unwilling to engage in any kind of discourse with you.

    There are already loads of data that the items on her list are dangerous. To deny this is not only foolish, but dangerous. I hope you’re getting paid a lot, because what you’re doing is most certainly unethical.

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    • For the reply button issue, you would have to talk to WordPress, Lazzeia. They’re the ones running the web site. I’m not sure what you’re going on about though, as your replies to my replies appear as… well, replies 😉

      I believe you’ve already been challenged to provide data on items in the list that are dangerous, as you and Food Babe claim. If not, I’ll invite you to do so. If you have, I’ll challenge you again. Simply claiming they’re dangerous doesn’t make it so.

      And, when you’re done, we’ll come back to the point you ignored in your reply to me–she’s selling products that contain the same ingredients she says is dangerous. So, if they are as dangerous as you claim they are, why are you supporting the work of a woman who sells them.

      You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. I look forward to your reply.

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  19. Mark: Just came across this site and your series on Food Babe duplicity in the marketing of products on her site. It is astonishing to me how people can be so willingly duped and I am very thankful for someone who respects our intelligence enough to provide factual information and thoughtful analysis to understanding food constituents.

    I actually like the concept of a Food Babe — someone of sufficient stature, intellect and drive to delve into all those ingredients and additives you see on packaged food items, to bring the hay down to the cows so to speak in explaining the function and source of such items and a reasoned overview of what risks, if any, such item appearing in our food presents (and any honest analysis of risks should also disclose food safety risks not addressed if you take them out) . I like the idea of someone who speaks the language of ordinary people, who understands the legitimate apprehensions of lay people who are not chemists and molecular biologists when reading hard to pronounce chemical names on a food label. Someone who is a champion and conduit for consumer empowerment through information and who can be influential in regulatory bodies and corporate boardrooms in advancing consumer interests.

    But Vani Hari is a disappointment. It is not so much what she knows, but what she doesn’t know, and doesn’t even know that she doesn’t know it that makes her advice range from goofy but harmless to outright dangerous in some cases.

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting Rick. The solaine topic is very interesting and I’m going to have to read up on that! I did a similar writeup on caffeic acid, found in the dandelions that Hari is so in love with. Group 2B carcinogen 😉

      I agree with you… it would be great if Food Babe was really interested in looking out for people. I applaud those who dedicate their time and effort to making the world safer for all of us. Vani Hari–I think obviously–is not one of them.

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      • I can believe that Food Babe intends and truly believes she is providing a socially valuable service, (although the duplicity you have pointed out in the products she promotes and receives compensation for when people buy it through her website is eroding that opinion). I think she has tapped into a natural apprehension of lay folks that are ill equipped to understand the purpose and chemistry of such things and tend to believe the safe harbor is in assuming the worst, that food companies have no motive other than to pad their bottom line and are willing to tolerate public health risks. I would even concede that in some cases, there is a germ of truth in the issues she finds with food additives. It is important that you not attack her personally, or be perceived as attacking the concept of a person taking on the role of championing the accountability of food companies to legitimate questions and uncertainties the lay public can have.

        My issue with Food Babe is that she so sensationalizes everything to the point that her allegations and rhetoric far exceed the actual risk or the evidence of risk. I also perceive her to be completely oblivious to the food safety issues that were prominent in the past that many of the food production methodologies and food additives we use today address. While I might welcome the concept of a Food Babe, I still value accuracy and honesty far more than I value some agenda to pander to peoples fears and to legitimize conspiratorial nonsense. I just find Food Babe wanting in that respect, and I believe I am every bit as competent as she is in finding and interpreting relevant information and reaching my own conclusions.

        If it of interest to you, I would invite you to take a look at this link [http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/ask-the-food-doc-what-are-nitrites-and-are-they/article_39c1fdb3-2075-5482-9bd5-0ee38e524924.html] to a column written by the Food Doc. He is actually a professor with the University of Nebraska who writes a column on food issues at the invitation of the local newspaper. He is not in it for celebrity or to make a buck. In the column linked to I provided as an example, he discusses the purpose of nitrites in food and what, if any, food safety issue they present. This article is full of very quality information on that topic, a very good review of the history of the use of nitrites in food preservation, what health risks they might present, what food safety risks they help consumers avoid. Overall, I found it to be a very responsible discussion of the topic, that answers the legitimate questions people might have about nitrites but which respects our intellect to convey accurate information. No alarmism, just a sober review of the matter. I would not expect the Food Babe to handle the topic with the same degree of responsibility.

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  20. Mark — One of the themes that recurs throughout this thread and indeed all across the internet is that there are no studies that prove ________________ (fill in with your favorite — gmos, aspartame, red dye #5, and whatever) are “safe.” Alternatively, we see the argument, well at one time scientists told us _____________ (smoking, ddt, agent orange, etc) was “safe” and we now know that was wrong. I think the term “safe” is such a popular word to throw around precisely because it is conveniently vague. As you have pointed out, nothing, including distilled water is “safe” if we mean that it is impossible for use of that item to ever result in a harmful outcome.

    There seems to be a popular perception that there is some gold standard test that once and for all can prove “safety”, whatever that means. Scientists themselves may be unwittingly fueling this lay perception, as you often hear them say things like “scientific studies prove A is safe”, or “over 2000 studies failed to find B to be unsafe.”

    I would invite your thoughts into how society could define “safe”, or whether there is a better term, to communicate to a lay audience a more sensible, rational understanding of risk, and risk tolerance. The term “safe” in my view implies a false dichotomy, that something is either completely free of free of risk or absolutely frought with risk, that there is no safe level of use or consumption.

    For example, I am sure you are familiar with the Food Babe’s “shock” that doctors ask patients to drink “glucola” the common name used for the sugary drink that doctors and midwives and nurse practitioners give pregnant patients to screen for diabetes. Food Babe is appalled that the drink contains brominated vegetable oil and the high dose of sugar, and suggests that patients ask their doctor if they can substitute eating jelly beans or forgo the test altogether and follow a regimen of regular blood sugar monitoring. I don’t think anyone would claim that brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is “safe” meaning that scientists have determined that you could drink a couple pints of it a day and it would have no negative consequences to your health. However, I would say there is a very high degree of confidence, almost certainty, that the amount of BVO in the one glucola is no more exposure than if a pregnant woman drank a coke, that the odds of the amount of BVO ingested in the glucola test will have any short-term or long-term effect on health is extremely miniscule. I think it is also fair to say that the glucola test is thus far the only one shown to accurately and reliably screen for gestational diabetes, and the well known and extremely consequential risks to the mother and child of not accurately determining the absence or presence of gestational diabetes by foregoing the glucola test far outweighs the miniscule to non-existent risk of ingesting the small amount of BVO. (In my view, this isn’t just a forgivable mistake by the Food Babe. This is downright dangerous advice that would stray into medical malpractice if she were a doctor.)

    Are organically grown, heirloom tomatoes “safe.” Well, we know that all tomatoes naturally contain solanine, a very acutely toxic substance to humans [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanine] and a suspected carcinogen based on rat feeding studies. Some heirloom varieties actually contain higher amounts of solanine than modern varieties. Solanine is a fungicide and pesticide produced by nightshade species including tomatoes, potatoes, etc. and the levels produced can vary depending on growing season stresses the plants face. I don’t know that science has determined that tomatoes are “safe” to eat, if we mean that we could eat a bushel every day and not suffer solanine poisoning or any other adverse health consequence. I think eating tomatoes is “safe” in the sense that science has been able to measure solanine levels in tomatoes, to ascertain how much solanine it would take to cause health problems, and based on how many tomatoes people are likely to consume, we are very confident that the public’s use of tomatoes carries a very miniscule risk of solanine poisoning. Additionally, tomatoes are a source of many nutritionally beneficial substances, and the risks of foregoing that nutritional benefit far outweighs the risks of ingesting the solanine along with it.

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  22. Hell she’s banned a whole city; Newcastle. Is that one specific “Newcastle” or all Newcastles. Virtually every country in the world has a city whose name means “new castle”, England has two. Perhaps she means the eponymous brown ale associated with a particular Newcastle in the north of England?

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  30. So, while reading this I noticed that nearly all forms of sugar were banned. No veggies or fruits for anyone according to this list. Seriously what are we supposed to eat?

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