Vani Hari's new book "The Food Babe Way - Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food" is finally out and available to the general public today February 10th, and I had a chance to read and review an advanced copy of her work.
The first part of the book exposes the kind of problems that nobody wants to know about; the bottom line being that most of our American processed food is spoiled and tainted with chemicals that most of all civilized countries have banned years and sometimes decades ago. But Vani has done her homework, so she also offers a solution and alternate products to each of them. She does not only shoots down what she considers the bad guys with very direct accusations; she also awards products and people that have done better of their counterparts, possibly raising them to super hero and celebrity levels in the weeks/months to come. Names and brands are clearly highlighted and challenged in her book, there is no hiding brand names or ambiguity in her writing. Her naming and blaming strategy seems to work so well in recent times, that many food industry leaders have been taking up on her accusations and changed one more more ingredients in their products.
In a recent NPR article, blogger and surgeon David Gorski warns us that "companies live and die by public perception. It's far easier to give a blackmailer like Hari what she wants than to try to resist or to counter her propaganda by educating the public." I totally disagree on his point. Companies spend Billion of dollars trying to influence the consumer mind on a variety of controversial topics. So why give in so easily to "vani's blackmailing"? Maybe because they know Vani and all her followers are RIGHTFULLY outraged about the state of things, and want to make things right? We all hope so. When most of the main chemicals that are getting us sick have been removed and banned in Europe and most developed countries around the world, the so named Sickening 15 that Vani describes in her book, it's hard not to feel betrayed in one's own country. So, why the biggest brands in America still feed bad stuff to their own citizens? And that's exactly what The Food Babe and her Army seems to be set to uncover.
Although I agree with anyone who argues that she is neither a doctor nor a scientist (she is a computer science engineer by trade), I cringe at most critics that refuse to believe that Parabens, BHT, and many other hazardous ingredients are harmful to human bodies. To these critics, Vani's outrage seems to be the paranoid fantasy of an all-organic neurotic mom that doesn't understand or have the proper knowledge to read scientific papers in the "right way". But evidence speaks clearly, people do get sick out of food, and vani is only broadcasting in a clear way to the industry the concern that American moms (and non) have been having now for decades: that what has been fed to them and their children (yeah, you might be one of them) is tainted and unhealthy in many ways.
Do we really need a white paper to gather evidence that our people is falling by the millions prey of harmful chemicals that change the way Americans are fed, live, and cure themselves?
In a recent vani Hari's Open-Ed article, a reader points out that until the FDA and annexed governmental agencies get rid of any internal conflicts derived by the presence of employees influencers of the private industry within their ranks, regulations and laws will hardly change the industry in a positive way within the foreseeable future.
Along with her 21-day detoxing diet, the Food Babe's book also advises to avoid the following ingredients, the so-called Sickening 15, as much as possible from your every day diet:
- GROWTH HORMONES IN MEAT
- REFINED AND ENRICHED FLOUR
- BISPHENOL (BPA)
- HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (HFCS)
- ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
- TRANS FATS
- ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS
- FOOD DYES
- DOUGH CONDITIONERS
- MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG)
- HEAVY METALS & NEUROTOXINS
Until The Food Babe came out, the only reference I had in regards to tainted processed food, apart from the news and blogs, was and still is Marion Nestle's literature, from Food Politics, to her masterpiece What To Eat. Now, The Food Babe proudly sits in my healthy coach library, although you don't need to be a health coach to consider buying it.
The Food Babe Way is a great reminder that we should always really question everything we sling down our throat, and to research our food especially, but not exclusively, when processed. That is, if it is our desire to be a true healthy individual, or as I call it a Food Smart person.
ARE YOU FOOD SMART ?
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