The Food Babe and her “Food Babe Way” have become a bit of a lightening rod for the movement for healthy foods or at least accurately labeled foods. She has her supporters and detractors with her extreme supporters taking everything she says as gospel and her extreme detractors taking issue with blog posts that she has long since repudiated and taken down.
Amidst the clamor, there are also some good, thoughtful articles about what she says and this is what I think is most important – to drive this critical discussion, arguably, our lives depend up on it. There are problems with many processed foods in this country, we do allow foods and chemicals in our systems that are banned in Europe, and the GM debate (as well as the associated debate about the known and proven dangers of RoundUp) are important discussions. There is so much that we do not know when it comes to nutrition, just yesterday I read an article about what actually qualifies as too much salt, we still don’t know after years, if not decades, of study.
The thing is, we need to have the conversation. We need to be aware of what we are putting into and on our bodies, and I believe we have the right to know what the ingredients are in these products.
Arguing over blog posts that are years old is pointless. There are many scientists who did work in the past that they have since repudiated or qualified. At the same time, painting all chemicals as evil toxins is probably not the way to go either. There is a middle ground and there is an important discussion to be had. Let’s not lose the focus among the vitriol and passion.
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