Vani Hari, the world’s greatest hypocrite, made an ironic post to Facebook today,1 reminding Kellogg’s and General Mills that it’s been four months since she petitioned them to remove the preservative BHT from their products:
” It’s now been 4 MONTHS since we launched this petition, and we still have no timeline from either of these companies.”–Food Babe Facebook post
The irony stems from the fact that it’s been four months since I caught Food Babe selling a BHT-laden product2–a body scrub she claimed to use daily. And, despite a poorly constructed excuse3 and a promise to remove the item from her web site, she’s still pushing it via Pinterest4… four months later.
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks”–Hamlet, Act III, Scene II
Food Babe sold the product in question for nearly three years and says she personally uses every item she sells. How did she miss the BHT on the label? Inquiring minds want to know. We’d also like to know why most of the products sold by Vani Hari contain the same ingredients she says are dangerous. Of course, we can’t ask her, because commentary on her Facebook page and web site is heavily censored. Anyone pointing out her double standards is immediately banned.
But, anyway… tell us, Food Babe: when are you going to drop the BHT? It has, as you say, been four months.
(1) Food Babe Facebook Post (June 6, 2015)
Food Babe Facebook Post (June 6, 2015)
(2) Manufacturer Confirms Hari Wrong About Ingredients; BHT Product Purchased from FoodBabe.com
Manufacturer Confirms Hari Wrong About Ingredients; BHT Product Purchased from FoodBabe.com
(3) Food Babe’s BHT Denial Doesn’t Hold Water
Food Babe’s BHT Denial Doesn’t Hold Water
(4) Food Babe Pinterest Beauty Page
Food Babe Pinterest Beauty Page
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It’s disconcerting to see many large companies bow into public pressure for otherwise unscientific reasons these days. I can only hope that some will choose to fight back and put Vani in her place, but seeing as companies live and die by public perception; I’m not holding my breath.
It is sad how many are caving. They seem open about the fact it’s done to appeal to a perception rather than fact (except for some–I’m looking at you Chipotle). But imho it only adds to the false beliefs of the woomeisters.
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My hatred for food babe is unbounded, as should be everyone else’s.
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Not defending food babe, but isn’t BHT a known carcinogen, and in this case, not an unreasonable thing to get out of all food products? And if rubbing it on skin ingests it, perhaps the skin product as well? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3899519
BHT is not considered to be a carcinogen. The difference is actually pointed out early in the article you linked. But yes, if it WAS dangerous in food and beauty products then certainly, remove it from both. So what you have is the irony of food babe claiming it’s dangerous in both types of products but quietly selling one (not to mention there’s no scientific concensus it’s dangerous).
If she’s ignored your blog so far, maybe she would respond better to a petition?
A good idea. It’s come up in the Banned by Food Babe discussion group but most feel she will always ignore and/or disclaim criticism of any kind. It would certainly be fair play!
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Ya a petition would be great. IF one ever goes up, hopefully you will link to it here and the authors of Science Babe, SBM and other blogs will do the same.
If a petition is put on change.org, I would sign it in a heartbeat.