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Phrost
4/06/2015 4:42pm,
http://i.imgur.com/3tmI7SZ.jpg

Filed under: Things We Already Knew, Things Millions Didn't

What do you get when you add a self-righteous twit, an internet connection, the backing of shills like Dr. Oz, and millions of scientifically illiterate soccer moms?

You get the phenomenon that is known as "Food Babe".

"Food Babe", also known as Vani Hari, is responsible for some of the most idiotic nonsense spouted on the subject of diet and health. For example, she believes that microwaves are evil, homeopathy is good, and that "if you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't eat it". Obviously she's not getting enough (2R,3S,4S,5R,6R)-2-(hydroxymethyl)-6-[(2R,3S,4R,5R,6S)-4,5,6-trihydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)oxan-3-yl]oxy-oxane-3,4,5-triol - aka "starch" - in her diet, which explains why she is full of ****.

It's an old truth that you can make a lot of money by scaring people, as long as you sell them the thing that will make them feel safe. Hari employs this tactic to scare people into buying her books, which are filled with all sorts of nonsense about "Toxins" and "GMOs".


http://i.imgur.com/arewRR5.jpg

The scientific community has had enough of her bullshit, and is fighting back. In a scathing piece on, of all websites, Gawker (http://gawker.com/the-food-babe-blogger-is-full-of-****-1694902226), analytical chemist, toxicologist, and forensic scientist Yvette d'Entremont, curb stomps Hari's misinformation.


Hari’s campaign last year against the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte drove me to launch my site (don’t **** with a Bostonian’s Pumpkin-Spice Anything). She alleged that the PSL has a “toxic” dose of sugar and two (TWO!!) doses of caramel color level IV in carcinogen class 2b.

The word “toxic” has a meaning, and that is “having the effect of a poison.” Anything can be poisonous depending on the dose. Enough water can even be poisonous in the right quantity (and can cause a condition called hyponatremia).

But then, the Food Babe has gone on record to say, “ There is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever.” I wonder if anybody’s warned her about good old dihydrogen monoxide?

(AKA water.)

As if it weren't bad enough that she's got millions of idiots convinced she's spouting things on the level of someone with a master's degree in chemistry, Food Babe is notorious for encouraging her "army" to zerg rush websites and social media pages, to silence criticism, and to harass companies into removing completely harmless preservatives from their products, for no genuine reason other than to assuage these idiots' collective senses of righteousness and unfounded outrage.

ED: Hari is definitely a candidate for our Douchebag of the Month feature, and may grace its unhallowed halls at some point in the near future; we need less "Activism and more "Factivism".

DarkPhoenix
4/06/2015 5:00pm,
She kinda looks like Shannon Watts. Maybe they are one in the same person, fighting the gluten menace and the ammosexual menace, as two different people.

BKR
4/06/2015 5:19pm,
The equivalent of bullshido in the nutrition world.

Or would it be the Bohdi Sanders of the nutrition world ?

Not self published, at least...Little Brown did the first one at least.

I am losing weight by eating bacon, pork chops, venison (low fat naturally) cheese, veggies and not a lot of carbs. I should die soon according to conventional wisdom, LOL !

***edit***
I forgot to add, I also cure/smoke my own hams. Use the fattest fucking pork shoulders I can find, too. Which is often difficult, because a lot of the pork sold today (in normal grocery stores) is "lean pork". Anyway, we will be buying half a pig later in the year from a local farmer, so lard will be back on the menu.

Ki master jon
4/06/2015 6:25pm,
The equivalent of bullshido in the nutrition world.

Or would it be the Bohdi Sanders of the nutrition world ?

Not self published, at least...Little Brown did the first one at least.

I am losing weight by eating bacon, pork chops, venison (low fat naturally) cheese, veggies and not a lot of carbs. I should die soon according to conventional wisdom, LOL !

***edit***
I forgot to add, I also cure/smoke my own hams. Use the fattest fucking pork shoulders I can find, too. Which is often difficult, because a lot of the pork sold today (in normal grocery stores) is "lean pork". Anyway, we will be buying half a pig later in the year from a local farmer, so lard will be back on the menu.

Recent studies have shown that the American food pyramid has it all wrong and that it is not fat that is the enemy. It is carbs and trans fat, specifically (I'm sure as many of you know) refined sugars, white breads, and the likes. Many of the carbs lacked fiber and were stripped of their original nutrition value. Back in the '70's and early 80's when heart disease started to become a big problem the staple was lots of red meat, butter and, refined fast acting carbs,
These types of carbs cause inflammation in the veins and arteries, causing the natural fats to get stuck in our circulatory system, clogging it all up. So fat and red meat was deemed the enemy. It has been shown that eating a diet high in fat and protein and with the carbs coming from RAW vegetables and fruits show no significant risk in coronary disease.
I had a botany class a couple of years ago and the molecular section went into great detail about how the food pyramid was all wrong.
In short, the enemies are fast acting carbs (white bread lovers, yes even fortified white bread, not the same) and trans fats.
**** you trans fats.

ermghoti
4/06/2015 7:12pm,
The equivalent of bullshido in the nutrition world.

Or would it be the Bohdi Sanders of the nutrition world ?

More like Hatsumi. she's making bank off morons from her made up bullshit.

She got appendicitis, and then did some "research," which told her appendicitis is caused by food additives. Because reasons. She changed her diet, and since then, never got appendicitis again. You can't explain that.

She's an idiot.

Holy Moment
4/06/2015 7:28pm,
I like the unflattering photo you went with for the article head. These would've also been good:

http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/hari.png

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/cxNKuejKUHQ/maxresdefault.jpg


Food Babe is notorious for encouraging her "army" to zerg rush websites and social media pages, to silence criticism,

Don't worry.

I'll protect you.

FinalLegion
4/06/2015 8:08pm,
She should change her name to The Food Girl. She's not exactly what I'd call a babe. I mean, she's not ugly or anything but I don't think she qualifies as a babe.

This is my expert opinion which is just as sound and logical as the opinions of The Food Girl...right? Right??

Mr. Machette
4/06/2015 11:47pm,
Speak for yourself.

I'd knock the bottom out of that. Two times!

No rubbers of course. Because "chemicals".

Holy Moment
4/07/2015 4:43am,
Speak for yourself.

I'd knock the bottom out of that. Two times!

No rubbers of course. Because "chemicals".

She'd probably accept the kind made out of sheep intestines.

http://health.infoniac.com/uimg/lambskin-condom.jpg

Let's just make sure we post as many demeaning, sexually explicit, and violent things about her as we can. That way her henchwomen can post screencaps of us for her other followers to be appalled at.

Hertzyscowicz
4/07/2015 5:58am,
More like Hatsumi. she's making bank off morons from her made up bullshit.

She got appendicitis, and then did some "research," which told her appendicitis is caused by food additives. Because reasons. She changed her diet, and since then, never got appendicitis again. You can't explain that.

She's an idiot.

Just so we're clear, are we talking about her boasting about the health of a nonexistent organ, or did she pass on all the CHEMICALS involved in an appendectomy and Jesus got to her before Darwin did?

ShogunMiyu
4/07/2015 7:25am,
Dr. Stephen Barrett of quackwatch.org would no doubt be very interested in her. Considering sending him an email.

ermghoti
4/07/2015 9:18am,
Just so we're clear, are we talking about her boasting about the health of a nonexistent organ, or did she pass on all the CHEMICALS involved in an appendectomy and Jesus got to her before Darwin did?

No, I was being snide about her origin story.

For those that can't Google, she was an IT major, got appendicitis. She then "did her research" and "discovered" that appendicitis, an infection of a vestigial organ that is literally a dead-end on the intestine, is actually caused by food additives.

Armed with this fatuous bit of hilariously unsupported bit of misinformation, she dug deeper in the same wells of bullshit, and discovered all nature of imaginary ills associated with common food additives. Using her background in social media work, her 10th grade education in science, and photos of herself doing yoga in a bikini, she launched her pages, disseminating easily debunked clickbait memes, and assembling a loyal army of dimwits.

Armed with said dimwits, she moved on to selling books, and ultimately, shaking down businesses (see Chik Fil A, Starbucks, et al).

BKR
4/07/2015 10:21am,
Recent studies have shown that the American food pyramid has it all wrong and that it is not fat that is the enemy. It is carbs and trans fat, specifically (I'm sure as many of you know) refined sugars, white breads, and the likes. Many of the carbs lacked fiber and were stripped of their original nutrition value. Back in the '70's and early 80's when heart disease started to become a big problem the staple was lots of red meat, butter and, refined fast acting carbs,
These types of carbs cause inflammation in the veins and arteries, causing the natural fats to get stuck in our circulatory system, clogging it all up. So fat and red meat was deemed the enemy. It has been shown that eating a diet high in fat and protein and with the carbs coming from RAW vegetables and fruits show no significant risk in coronary disease.
I had a botany class a couple of years ago and the molecular section went into great detail about how the food pyramid was all wrong.
In short, the enemies are fast acting carbs (white bread lovers, yes even fortified white bread, not the same) and trans fats.
**** you trans fats.


Yeah, I know. "The Big Fat Lie" et al.

My favorite is "White Man's Disease"...refined sugar and flour. Not that I have made a habit of eating either for a very long time.

But I do think of the huge volumes of fiber/carbs I used to eat and the huge contribution to "global warming" I made...

BKR
4/07/2015 10:26am,
She should change her name to The Food Girl. She's not exactly what I'd call a babe. I mean, she's not ugly or anything but I don't think she qualifies as a babe.

This is my expert opinion which is just as sound and logical as the opinions of The Food Girl...right? Right??

I used to collect comic books. That's why!

Food Babe isn't even original, really..
http://pics.livejournal.com/gwydion_writes/pic/0002ep79/s640x480

BKR
4/07/2015 10:30am,
No, I was being snide about her origin story.

For those that can't Google, she was an IT major, got appendicitis. She then "did her research" and "discovered" that appendicitis, an infection of a vestigial organ that is literally a dead-end on the intestine, is actually caused by food additives.

Armed with this fatuous bit of hilariously unsupported bit of misinformation, she dug deeper in the same wells of bullshit, and discovered all nature of imaginary ills associated with common food additives. Using her background in social media work, her 10th grade education in science, and photos of herself doing yoga in a bikini, she launched her pages, disseminating easily debunked clickbait memes, and assembling a loyal army of dimwits.

Armed with said dimwits, she moved on to selling books, and ultimately, shaking down businesses (see Chik Fil A, Starbucks, et al).

So kinda like Bohdi, but apparently more successful so far. At least she isn't self-publishing.

I've got an idea, maybe we should make up a martial art and try whole social media marketing bullshit model ?

W. Rabbit
4/07/2015 10:35am,
"Food Babe", also known as Vani Hari, is responsible for some of the most idiotic nonsense spouted on the subject of diet and health. For example, she believes that microwaves are Evil


Fixed. She specifically believed Satan and Hitler interact with microwave ovens. Or maybe microwaves are like cats and can sense and detest Evil forces. I don't know.

Direct quote:


Last by not least, Dr. Masaru Emoto, who is famous for taking pictures of various types of waters and the crystals that they formed in the book called “Hidden Messages in Water,” found water that was microwaved did not form beautiful crystals – but instead formed crystals similar to those formed when exposed to negative thoughts or beliefs. If this is happening to just water – I can only imagine what a microwave is doing to the nutrients, energy of our food and to our bodies when we consume microwaved food. For the experiment pictured above, microwaved water produced a similar physical structure to when the words “satan” and “hitler” were repeatedly exposed to the water. This fact is probably too hokey for most people – but I wanted to include it because sometimes the things we can’t see with the naked eye or even fully comprehend could be the most powerful way to unlock spontaneous healing.