The Food Babe
April 24, 2015
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I had to laugh reading a Daily Mail article about how popular Food Babe blogger Vani Hari has been criticized for not having a science background. They quote Dr. Steven Novella, a clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale’s School of Medicine, who belittles her by moaning: “It’s almost like she’s a food terrorist. She will target some benign ingredient that has a scary sounding name. Her criteria is if she can’t pronounce it then it’s scary.”
He goes on to criticize her for the campaign to get Subway to remove the “yoga mat” chemical azodicarbonamide from their bread. It’s well-studied and safe he said.
Oh really? So why is it banned in the EU and Australia? They consider it a “respiratory sensitizer” that can cause asthmatic and other allergic reaction. And, according to the Chicago Tribune, in Singapore, the use of azodicarbonamide in food products can lead to a 15 year jail sentence.
While it’s considered safe by the FDA to use in the US of A., the Center for Science in the Public Interest says it should be banned here too.
As for Novella he’s dismissed the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine including herbal supplements, acupuncture and homeopathy, and announced that, despite the evidence to the contrary, “vaccines are safe and effective,” and GMOs won’t harm your health. Oh yes, and in December (before this year’s WHO report) he said glyphosate is safe! “Given its widespread use, any adverse effect must be tiny or non-existent.”