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IMPORTANT READ: What the Media and Food Industry Won’t Tell You

IMPORTANT READ: What the Media and Food Industry Won't Tell You

For those of us who are food activists or are simply individuals who care about healthy food, the most important event of the year will be taking place over the next few months. And it centers around the February 10th release of the The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari. To me, this book represents something much […]

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For those of us who are food activists or are simply individuals who care about healthy food, the most important event of the year will be taking place over the next few months.

And it centers around the February 10th release of the The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.

To me, this book represents something much greater than a guide on how to live a healthy lifestyle each day. This will be the biggest attack ever on the food industry and its despicable business practices.

Here are the hard facts. 41% of American citizens will get cancer and 21% of Americans will die from cancer. More than 2/3rds of American adults are obese or overweight, and 25% of American children are obese or overweight.

Here’s another truth. The food industry has A LOT to do with this. They serve us genetically-modified, artificially-preserved, pesticide-laden garbage — all disguised as food.

So, when Vani Hari’s book comes out, it is guaranteed that she will face enormous criticism. Why?

Because this book tells the truth about what is really going on and is a very serious threat to the food industry’s profits and its biggest brands.

As we’ve seen in national media outlets already, such as NPR and Business Week, Vani Hari gets portrayed as a fear mongerer and someone ill-qualified to discuss food subjects because she doesn’t have a nutrition or a medical degree.

Yet, what they won’t mention — and what you need to be aware of — is that many scientists share Vani’s concerns about many different ingredients.

Here are a few examples of food additives that she has fought against.

1) RACTOPAMINE – A controversial drug used widely as an animal feed additive in industrial factory farms, which accelerates weight gain and promotes feed efficiency and leanness in pigs, cattle, and turkeys. The drug mimics stress hormones and increases the rate at which the animals convert feed to muscle.


– Most of the 196 countries in the world have banned or restricted its use. Only the U.S. and 25 other major meat-producing nations allow ractopamine.

– Data from the European Food Safety Authority indicates that ractopamine causes elevated heart rates and heart-pounding sensations in humans.

– Sichuan Pork Trade Chamber of Commerce in China estimates that between 1998 and 2010, 1,700 people were poisoned from eating pork containing ractopamine.

– The Center for Food Safety filed a petition with FDA urging the agency to conduct comprehensive studies on the long-term effects of human consumption, immediate health impact on animals, and a thorough review of international standards.

2) AZODICARBONAMIDE (ADA) – A chemical substance approved for use as a whitening agent in cereal flour and as a dough conditioner in bread baking.


– ADA is banned in Europe and Australia.  If you’re caught using it in Singapore, you’ll get fined $450,000 and be sentenced a prison term of 15 years.

– During bread making, ADA completely breaks down to form other chemicals, one of which is semicarbazide (SEM). At high levels, SEM has been shown to increase the incidence of tumors when fed to female mice.

– A second breakdown product, urethane, is a recognized carcinogen. When ADA is used at its maximum allowable level, it leads to slightly increased levels of urethane in bread that poses a small risk to humans.

– Senior Scientist Lisa Lefferts from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued a statement urging the FDA to ban ADA.

– The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has called on all manufacturers to immediately end its use in food and recommends that consumers take steps to avoid the industrial additive ADA in their food.

– The World Health Organization has linked ADA to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma.

3) ARTIFICIAL FOOD DYES – Food dyes that are synthesized mainly from raw materials obtained from petroleum.

There are 7 artificial colors permitted in food in the U.S.: FD&C Blue No. 1 (Brilliant Blue FCF); FD&C Blue No. 2 (Indigotine); FD&C Green No. 3 (Fast Green FCF); FD&C Red No. 3 (Erythrosine); FD&C Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine); FD&C Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow); and FD&C Red No. 40 (Allura).

They have no nutritional value and are only used cosmetically to improve the appearance of food and drinks, yet there are safer alternatives available to food manufacturers.


– Europe requires a warning label “consumption may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children” on products that contain most artificial dyes as an ingredient.

– In 1938, there were 15 artificial dyes approved for use in the U.S. Many of those have since been banned but 7 remain. For example, Red #3 was banned for use in cosmetics because animal studies linked the dye to cancer, but it is still allowed in food due to heavy food industry lobbying efforts.

– In 2007, a University of Southampton double-blind, placebo-controlled study found a link between hyperactivity in children who consumed some food dyes along with the preservative sodium benzoate.

– In 2008, the Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to ban artificial food dyes. In 2011, it urged the FDA to require front-of-package disclosures on packages of dyed foods.

4) CLASS IV CARAMEL COLORING – Class IV caramel coloring is a food coloring created in a laboratory with ammonium-containing and sulfite-containing compounds, which produce the byproduct 4-MeI.

There are four types of caramel coloring, and only the two made with ammonia compounds can contain 4-MeI (Class III and Class IV). Yet, any type of caramel color may be listed on the ingredient label as only “caramel color”, and the class is not typically disclosed.

It has no nutritional benefits and is only used cosmetically to improve the appearance of food and drinks, but there are safer alternatives available to food manufacturers.


– Any food or drink that contains more than 29 micrograms of 4-MeI requires a cancer warning label in California (under Prop 65) that says, “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer”. 

– Some companies (e.g. Starbucks) use level IV caramel coloring in the U.S., but don’t use it in other countries in Europe. For instance, Starbucks uses beta carotene instead of caramel coloring in the U.K.

– A 2007 U.S government funded National Toxicology Program study found that feeding mice caramel coloring IV increased their risk of developing lung cancer and leukemia. The National Toxicology Program wrote that there is “clear evidence” of the carcinogenic activity of 4-MeI in male and female mice.

– The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies 4-MeI as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

– In 2011, the Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to ban caramel coloring due to safety concerns and the cancer risk.


As you can tell from the evidence listed above, Vani Hari is very, very far from alone in her concern about specific food additives approved by the FDA.

Yet, don’t expect the mainstream media to mention this – many of them would rather take the easy way out than do any real investigation.

That’s why it is essential that you know that Vani has many deeply credentialed organizations and scientists who share her beliefs.

But there is something else that you need to know. When Vani gets attacked by the critics, they are really attacking all of us. Why?

In essence, they’re saying that the average American citizen doesn’t have the right or the intellectual capacity to question any food that our government has approved.

They want us to keep our mouths shut, continue to have 21% of us die from cancer, and maintain the corrupt food system as we know it today.

To me, this is completely unacceptable. And the publication of The Food Babe Way is our best hope yet to create meaningful change in the way that food companies operate and formulate products for our children.

We cannot let this golden opportunity pass us by.


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  • Jonathan Mohr says:

    “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.”
    ~Albert Einstein

    For those of you that are not blind followers, PLEASE consider this quote before automatically dismissing any data that contradicts your conditioned worldview/paradigm.

  • Thanks for the info on the caramel coloring, and for sticking up for Food Babe. If we rally around her we can fight against this corporate attack. I used your info by posting it at the Science Babe’s YouTube site because she attacked our beloved Food Babe for speaking out against the caramel coloring and GMOs. I even sent her a personal message. If I get a response I will let you know.

  • Gordon says:

    The name she choose doesn’t help with credibility but it sure gets your attention. I believe she is sincere, intelligent and has an idea whose time has come…thank God.

    Watching the process of manipulation of our food supply over the past 20 years I have despaired of ever seeing any truth come to light.

    NOW! Just this past year we have mainstream media publicizing the benefits of coconut oils, and just this past week a write up on how “science ” were wrong about the low fat, high carbohydrate, no saturated fat diet recommendations. Of course all they will do is say “OOPS” sorry about that and meanwhile millions of people have been injured and many died over the years because of “bought and paid for science'” Go get em Vani, there are millions of us cheering your courage and conviction. Hold their feet to the fire…………….

  • Little Bright Feather says:

    Food colors are cancer causing and used in both human and animal foods and are causing cancers in both. WE need to outlaw them. They are extremely harmful !

  • Amanda says:

    My daughter is 3 and she has never had processed foods or food dyes or H
    GMO. IN FACT, the list if ingredients i won’t let her have was derived from ,
    Food Babe and 100 Days of Real Food. Unlike EVERY other parent I know, whose children have bad everything from green snot to ear infections to RSV, to diarrhea, MY daughter has NEVER, repeat NEVER been sick a single day in her life. No fever, no colds, no NOTHING. Transition from baby foods to adult foods, A BREEZE. cutting teeth NO PROBLEM. she is even me resilient than most kids I know. Fall while running and skin knees, bump head, whatever, she just gets up and dusts herself off and keeps going. And ALL of this I attribute to THE FOOD SHE EATS (or rather the food she DOESN’T) eat

  • “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.”
    ~Albert Einstein

    For those of you that are not paid disinfo shills, PLEASE consider this quote before automatically dismissing any data that contradicts your conditioned worldview/paradigm.

  • Bob A. Lewie says:

    To me it’s difficult for me to eat the way Vani preaches. But, I’m learning. I feel better and have less physical problems when I do than when I don’t. It’s expensive, time consuming, and somewhat wasteful because I’m used to using foods with a longer shelf life. However; If we all would just use some common sense and a tiny bit of logic, the line of thinking should lead to an axiom that has been shown to be true in many different aspects, and that is: “garbage in equals garbage out” … To think that putting questionable and sometimes proven damaging substances into our bodies will equate into good health is asinine. To deny this puts a person on the wrong side of the truth. In other words, supporting and/or perpetrating a lie(s). This now calls into question motive; which now puts the perpetrator into a morally bad light; albeit evil?
    Vani Hari is a food activist, plain and simple. The fact that she does this for free with little or no compensation proves her passion and bolsters the truth of her words and actions.
    Now, if Vanni Hari supports and fights for truth and good health, this then is the opposite side of evil which then this puts Vanni into a whole different light; albeit a defender of truth and a doer of good.
    To me she is an angel, and worthy of whatever support and defense I can offer.
    Thank you Vani.

  • Annie says:

    Human beings evolved for hundreds of thousands of years eating a variety of whole natural foods. These foods are compatible with human health.
    The food industry has been playing apprentice sorcerer with ourselves foods for the last hundred years, mainly to increase profits and not to increase human well being. It is common sense to realize that a slightly increased risk here, another there, a third in that other product, etc, will accumulate and have a combined effect that is totally detrimental to health.
    There is so much that is not already known about food, nutrients, and chemicals. Not so long ago, the list of nutrients in food stopped at vitamins. Now we know about bioflavonoids and many more nutrients. But what do we still not know about?
    The food industry acts as if all that is not known just doesn’t exist. This is nonsense.

    One example: my nephew suffered from severe asthma as a child. A single yellow ice pop stick would trigger an attack. I read that some yellow food coloring are linked to behavior problems, but I don’t see them linked to illnesses such as asthma. However, this was our direct experience.

  • Beth says:

    No doubt there is a world agenda with the 1% BUT awareness is still key in being “response-able” for self & family choices. Do not follow the herd mentality just because it is easier~do the research, make better choices and pass along if so inclined.

  • Steve says:

    So many Trolls on this site. Not surprised…. For those that are new to this trolls are people hired by the government or agencies in question to undermine and discredit people like Food Babe to cast doubt in the minds of us the public. Their “science”!is usually bought and paid for and is far superior to any evidence we may have… NOT!!

  • DeeJae wearing says:

    I have solvent neurotoxicity from spray painting now my tolerance to chemicals is very low so I am a canary in a way – chemicals in food affect my health I’ve tested it over eight years trouble is the food authorities only test a chemical on it’s own they never test the accumulated effect with multiple chemicals and multiple exposures, it’s easy to say no science to back up some statements but who will fund this NOT the food companies – test it yourself avoid certain foods then reintroduce them check your own health.
    The chemicals are not in these products to enhance our health.

  • john riddle says:

    what a lot of people don’t realize is that ceo’s of publicly traded companies have not just a professional but a legal obligation to make money for there shareholders.when you consider that factor it’s not such a big conspiracy theory to assume that there all working together to create a sick,fat,brainwashed consumer.

  • Ignorance is bliss and is very much so with our county and the food crisis! Other parts of the word don’t face the same ailments we do (cancers) and it’s not hard to figure out what is causing it! Wake up America. Thank you for this!

  • Jessi says:

    Thank you! This is a great summary of what really is going on!

  • Bette says:

    Hey Marc (above)

    It makes me feel really good when I see arrogant comments come from people like you. I can only imagine that you spend your $$$ on buying & eating that “processed crap” that the Food Industry keeps pushing on the non-intelligent… rank right up there with that group of zombies…, keep chowing!!

  • Yoli says:

    Just start reading the lables and stop eating that junk, they will get the message.

  • Donovan says:

    Wow, so much defensiveness….people, food babe simply cares.
    Skepticism is healthy…if u use that skepticism to find out what’s true, otherwise its just a block to learning anything new… Anyone who still thinks big food and the FDA can be trusted to look out for your health and not their profits first, is in for a big wake up call… I’ve been learning health and nutrition for 20 years, and this is standard, folks…if you think she’s just making this up, then keep reading/learning…she’s not. We are in the age when health takes a back seat to profit, and when its *your* mother dying of cancer – or your wife – when they are not yet old – then you might take a new look at things…

  • Marc says:

    The problem with Food Babe is that her awful research and complete misunderstanding of science makes her popular. People listen because she’s attractive and folksy – like Sarah Palin.

    The same sort of hubris is now creating a potentially dangerous outbreak of measles.

    This is the woman who claims MSG is bad and then adds MSG filled tomatoes to her recipe on T.V. Genius.

  • tom says:

    The headline says the media won’t tell you about these things. Maybe because they still use fact checkers?

  • Wali Paul says:

    You are our voice. We Are The Food Babe and they cannit silence us its our health many are to trusting of these government agenciesito question

  • Heather says:

    It just amazes me how manufacturers create the same product with safer ingredients for other countries and still continue to poison the U.S. Why not just change the ingredients to be safer for all?

  • Sue says:

    All good info but doesn’t it all go hand-in-hand with codex alimentarius and agenda 21?

  • Jill says:

    poor science and martyrism is gross

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