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WATCH & LISTEN: How the food industry is lying to us (and what to do about it!)

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! My daughter turned 2, and then we flew across the country to California to promote my new book Feeding You Lies, had a huge launch party here in Charlotte, was on the cover of a magazine, had a road trip to welcome a new baby nephew and do a talk/book signing in Charleston, SC, and have been on what feels like a million interviews.

These interviews and events have been crucial in getting the word out about how the food industry is lying to us and what we can do about it. The more people listen to them and share – the more we have the chance to change the world. So that’s why I am sharing some of my favorites here today…

If you want to know what makes me tick, why I became a food activist, and how I REALLY eat – grab some (organic) popcorn and listen in! And, I’d love to know your thoughts and questions – leave them in the comments below.

The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson

(Watch here)

Can you guess what I had to practically sneak on the plane on my way to this interview? It’s a pretty funny story. I had a blast sitting down with Shawn to talk about my latest project too.

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

(Watch here)

There’s something simple I ask myself before I sit down to eat… I share it all with Lewis Howes.

Best Self Magazine – Cover Story

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Seeing myself on the cover of a magazine is a strange feeling! In this interview I discuss my journey to health, how I started blogging, and some of the ways that the food industry dupes us. Best Self is offering Food Babe readers a free 1-year subscription on their mobile app.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast

(Listen here)

I sat down with Lauryn and Michael to discuss what’s happening to food these days – and we had so much fun! After you listen in, let me know if you’d still eat McDonalds 😉

Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit

(Listen here)

Dhru Purohit and I discuss how the media, big food, academia, and “trusted” sources silence activists like myself and how they are being exposed in my new book. I also walk you through exactly what I eat on a daily basis (and what my daughter eats too!) It might surprise you how simple it is. 

The Ultimate Health Podcast

(Listen here)

We discuss how the non-GMO label isn’t all that it seems and how the food industry has made us believe that it’s complicated to eat healthy. Thankfully, it’s easier than it looks!

The Kate & Mike Show

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I had a great time sitting down with Kate Northrup and Mike Watts to discuss what’s going on behind the scenes in the food industry and why I had to write Feeding You Lies.

Armchair Nutritionist

(Listen here)

I absolutely loved this interview with Danny Zederman on the Armchair Nutritionist Podcast. We talked about tricky food labels, how the food industry dupes us into buying junk food, and my honest thoughts on the Keto diet.

Ben Greenfield Fitness

(Listen here)

In this interview with Ben Greenfield Fitness we discuss a new study that found eating phosphate additives (like the preservative sodium phosphate) can decrease your endurance and cardiovascular fitness level. You’ll find these additives in many fast foods like Taco Bell and McDonald’s, and processed food from the grocery store. The good news is it’s easy to spot on an ingredient list.

Want to learn more? Pick up Feeding You Lies today:


Feeding You Lies

Available in stores everywhere

Did I say anything that surprised you in these interviews? Have you read Feeding You Lies yet? Tell me in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.



P.S. Please share this post with your friends. The food industry can’t keep up with these tricks and lies if everyone knows about them. This is the best way we create change, so thank you for spreading the word!

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5 responses to “WATCH & LISTEN: How the food industry is lying to us (and what to do about it!)

  1. 2 copy’s are now in the Tampa liberty system yesterday it 8 wait yesterday and 15 today

  2. Vani,
    I recently caught a segment of the Ellen Degeneres show where her guest Mila Kunis was chatting about her kids and cheerios. Apparently they had a box of cheerios on the breakfast table and were surprised to see neighbour Ellen on the box cover. I imagine that these celebrities have/had no idea about the kind of product they are endorsing.
    Here in Canada I use ‘Heritage O’s” by Nature’s Path instead. I hope I am making the informed healthy choice for my 3 year old daughter.
    Please let me know your thoughts.
    Keep up the great work!
    Best, JM in Vancouver

  3. I remember a family member of mine who was fed many different things such as,

    Jack’s frozen pizzas
    Tombstone frozen pizzas
    Digiorno frozen pizzas
    Totino’s pizza rolls
    Bagel bites
    Hot Pockets
    Stouffer’s TV dinners
    (Little) Michelina’s
    Kraft mac and cheese products (when the added color was still used)\
    Velveeta mac and cheese

    Canned/Jar products
    Campbell’s products
    Bush’s products
    Dinty Moore
    Chef Boyardee (very often)
    Tomato sauces/products (Ragu, Prego, Huntz, Heins, others)

    Snack products
    Doritos (multiple different flavors)
    Lay’s/Ruffle’s products
    Goldfish (regular and the colored ones)
    Cheez-Its (multiple different ones)
    Cheetos products
    Takis products
    Pringles products

    Sugary products
    Milky Ways
    Three Muskiteers
    Kit Kats (milk chocolate and white chocolate)
    Butter Fingers
    Hershey’s (cookies & cream)
    Pop tarts
    Kebbler Frosted Animal cookies (the multi colored ones)
    Entenmann’s products
    Little Debbie (Nutty Bars, Zebra Cakes, Honey Buns, Oatmeal Cream Pies, Cosmic Brownies, Walnut Brownies, Swiss Rolls, Strawberry Shortcake Rolls)
    Hostess (Twinkies, Ho-Ho, Ding Dongs, Donettes- white powdered minis, Zingers- the white/lemon, the chocolate, and the coconut, Honey Buns)
    Voortman (cookie wafer products- before the ingredients changed)

    Drink products
    Pepsi (during early elementary school years)
    Diet Coke
    Coke Zero
    Dairy milk products
    Orange juices (Tropicana, Simply Orange, Minute Maid)

    Fast food/places taken to eat
    Burger King
    Taco Bell
    Dunkin Donuts
    Johnny Rockets
    Pizza Hut (for the pizza buffet)
    Starbucks (before some of the ingredient changes)
    Chinese buffets

    There’s many more processed foods she was given but these were some of the major/most often ones. The family she was with of course, at these foods at times as well but they mostly ate home -made meals and went to cleaner resturants while she was given the worst of the worst- and no these weren’t the only foods she ever would eat (many/most she didn’t actually like but was forced to eat them or get nothing). She always loved fruits and vegetables but was DENIED them. They KNEW how unhealthy the foods/ingredients were that they were giving her but continued to do so while THEY avoided the foods (95% of the time for themselves and her siblings).

    She was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 7 but was still given food/processed foods containing wheat/gluten. By the age of 13 she was diagnosed with EGID’s which caused significant issues with the foods she was eating such as abdominal pain and cramping (severe), bloating, blood and mucus in stool, pains, hives occurred at times, malabsorption, and many, many other issues.

    This was all happening since she was a baby/toddler! So you can guess what teachers thought throughout K-8 grades- especially since she was also a student with Autism and a mild intellectual disability and received special education services. She was verbal, spoke to others, had no significant issues with Autism. Anyone with special education services was viewed (by teachers and staff) as the student who just didn’t want to to be in school- and weren’t able to go to the nurses office for body pains or nausea or if they said they threw up- another witness had to actually see them throw up!

    After being diagnosed with EGID’s she was STILL given those foods by her family. She had issues with food since as a baby/toddler but her parent never thought of looking into it.

    By the age of 14-15 she developed severe food allergies to milk/dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, and soy. Shortly after that she was finally given the choice to pick out her own foods- organic and is completely free of added sugars.

    With her EGID diagnosis she isn’t able to eat animal products, nuts, seeds such as sunflower, sesame, pumpkin seeds, hemp, etc, added oils in foods, among a couple of other foods. This doesn’t mean she will have a medical emergency reaction but due to the side effects of eating these foods she wasn’t able (and isn’t able) to have them.

    * Sorry for any wrong spellings of brands.

  4. As a committed vegan since 1985 I feel for you, Vani. It is a tough road to travel, but you have done a world of good for the health of the nation. I never push my veganism on others unless they ask me and then I will present a few things and only continue if they want me to. I feel your radio presentation was sane, informative and presented in a calm and believable manner. People only want to stuff their face when they are hungry, regardless of worthlessness of that food for their nutritional needs. We are, at this point, a McDonald’s nation of carnivores, eating just about anything that won’t eat us first. Thank you so much for what you have done and obviously will continue to do.
    All the best,

  5. Hi I’m Ben I treated about what in our food and it came a surprised that the ingredeans are so bad and full of toxin I really enjoyed your blog

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