5 Ingredients That Should Have Never Been Approved By The FDA – Are You Eating Them?

The more I learn about the food system, the more passion grows inside me to change it. What I am about to share with you will have you gasping for air – it’s so downright appalling. There’s a sorry state of affairs regarding the approval of new food ingredients in this country, and there is a BIG misconception that the FDA diligently reviews and approves them all.

The media has reported some serious mistakes made by the FDA in the recent past, like approving a tea that contained cocaine to be sold in the U.S. and approving a new pain killer that their own advisory committee voted against. While these actions are very telling, I’m focusing here on what the media hasn’t been talking about. A glimpse into the last few decades of FDA oversight shows how little the FDA has done to improve the food system in this country, how they have allowed us to eat harmful food additives and fail to act (sometimes for years) after an ingredient has been found to be unsafe.  

There are several products that have been deemed “FDA Approved” or “Generally Recognized As Safe” which were yanked from market years after they were shown to be downright dangerous. What’s really scary about this is that history shows that something very serious needs to happen – like deaths – before the FDA takes action. Does someone really need to die before an ingredient is banned? In the eyes of the FDA, that may be the case. I thought I’d put together a few examples for you of ingredients that have been allowed into our food supply, despite ample research showing that they’re harmful. The fact that these are (or have been) allowed in our food is outrageous, as there are safer ingredients and practices that could be used by the industry.

5Ingredients

Continue Reading →

My Favorite Top Moments of 2014

Happy New Year!!! It’s officially 2015 and I can’t imagine not recapping this past year. It was full of excitement, surprising turns and lots of hard work. A big thank you goes out to my team and you, the Food Babe Army, that made all this possible! Here are my favorite top moments of 2014…

Favorite Investigations

FB_FastFoodUKvsUSA_3

Favorite Speaking Event

I spoke at many places and events this year, but one really stood out. The National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California was absolutely amazing! This is one of the most inspiring events I have ever been to – imagine hundreds of varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables, the top food activists and organic farmers in the country all meeting in one place! Not only did I get to eat some of the best organic food all year, I met so many members of The Food Babe Army – you! I also got to meet Percy Schmeiser, a canola farmer from Canada that was sued by Monsanto – his words really made a lasting impact on me.

Heirloom Festival

Continue Reading →

Classic Real Ginger Cookies!

This cookie recipe for classic real ginger cookies will knock your socks off! I made a batch the other night and Mr. Food Babe and I gobbled them up so fast – in 24 hours they were GONE! Please don’t say I didn’t warn you – they are soft, sweet and downright addictive! The best part? They are organic, non-GMO and use wholesome ingredients… which I think is the healthiest way to enjoy treats this holiday season!

Ginger Cookies

Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge – A Warm Delicious Breakfast!

Imagine all the flavors of pumpkin pie in a big hot bowl of goodness… That’s what this breakfast is! It might as well be a dessert because it tastes that good! Fortunately, this breakfast will give you staying power, a nice dose of healthy fiber and disease-busting nutrients without the sugar high. This Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge will be perfect for the holidays ahead – make a big batch for your family and friends for a warm delicious organic treat!

pumpkin porridge-2

Continue Reading →