Ever wonder what’s really in your food? Our guest on today’s podcast episode made her career out of researching exactly what’s being put in our food across the nation and in some cases, the world. From starting her own food blog to taking down food chain supergiants, Vani Hari talks with Shaun about her life’s dedication to investigate what is really in our food, how it is grown and what chemicals are more on her new book, Food Babe Kitchen.
Named as one of the “Most Influential People on the Internet” by Time Magazine, Vani Hari is the revolutionary food activist behind foodbabe.com, co-founder of organic food brand Truvani, New York Times best selling author of The Food Babe Way, and Feeding You Lies. For most of her life, Vani ate whatever she wanted—candy, soda, fast food, processed food—until her typical American diet landed her where that diet typically does, in a hospital. Despite her successful career in corporate consulting, Hari decided that health had to become a priority. Her newfound goal drove her to investigate what is really in our food, how it is grown and what chemicals are used in its production. The more she learned, the more she changed and the better she felt.
Encouraged by her friends and family, Hari started a blog called foodbabe.com in 2011. It quickly became a massive vehicle for change. She has led campaigns against food giants like Kraft, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Subway and General Mills that attracted more than 500,000 signatures and led to the removal of several controversial ingredients used by these companies. Through corporate activism, petitions, and social media campaigns, Hari and her Food Babe Army have become one of the most powerful populist forces in the health and food industries. Her drive to change the food system inspired the creation of her new company called Truvani, where she produces real food without added chemicals, products without toxins, and labels without lies. Hari has been profiled in the New York Times and The Atlantic, and has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and NPR. Vani lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband Finley and daughter Harley.
Visit her online at: foodbabe.com
What was discussed on today’s show:
- Vani’s background and mission.
- How Vani came to the realization that she could no longer outsource her food to restaurants and food companies—and learned how to cook the majority of her meals at home.
- How foodbabe.com came into play and her story of exposing Subway
- How the food industry can trick you into buying toxic products
- The “Three Questions Detox” technique that makes your eating decisions easy and transforms your health.
- Why is the food industry the way that it is and why it’s not looking out for our best interest
- Whats in what we eat – how to be a food detective when reading labels
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