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When it comes to nutrition, trust science over opinion

Truth from the Trenches by Melissa Hart 
 
I was recently made aware of the latest food guru who knows it all, has changed it all and is as humble as a seasoned politician: Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe.
After spending quite some time reading her Facebook page and blog posts, I was stunned by her knowledge and recommendations of how everyone should eat, cook and create social justice in the food world built upon experience and feeling.
Please, don’t get me wrong – I know people are smart and can apply themselves to make successful lives without any college education, but the kind of knowledge she pontificates on her blog begs scientific education and research.
She claims to have created change in major food corporations such as Kraft, General Mills, Anheuser-Busch, Subway, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A. She knows what to eat and how to eat it; just follow her as she leads the way to a healthier lifestyle.
Here are a few interesting takeaways that I found after reading several blog posts:
When you juice, your eyelashes get longer and your eyes get brighter.
If you’ve had too much wedding cake, then you need to cleanse your liver with a ravishing red juice which includes ground-up beets with stems.
And if you want to make sugar cookies for Santa, please don’t poison him with the already-made frozen dough because you’re exposing yourself – I mean, Santa – to cancer, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease and maybe even trench foot. (I added the trench foot for drama).
When you’re drinking green juice, remember to drink it on an empty stomach so you don’t get heartburn, and drink it right after you make it, otherwise the enzymes begin to degrade. And, for heaven’s sake, don’t add too many fruits like watermelon, apples, pears or carrots or else you’ll get fat. (One last tidbit; chew your juice before you swallow.)
Then she promotes the Teal Pumpkin Project, which is a promotion of painting a pumpkin teal and putting it on your porch to signify you’re offering non-food Halloween treats such as stickers and crayons. Although this is a kind way to give something to trick-or-treaters whose parents are sensitive, to most children the teal pumpkin is a signal to skip that house.
Did you know Subway is bad because you are not eating fresh like they have been promoting? And Starbucks is the devil because the milk they use in their ever-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte is not organic, and they won’t bend to the Food Babe’s request and change to using all-organic milk?
So now you should get your Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Whole Foods because not only is the milk organic, but the syrup they use to sweeten the latte is organic too, and bonus: No caramel coloring level IV that is linked to cancer (a fact I’m sure is scientifically proven in Mother Earth News).
The more I read, the more I realized I could create my own food blog filled with healthful tips that may or may not be beneficial. Then I could blast it all over social media, gathering up my own army of followers of hysterical foodies to change the food world.
But I’m afraid my mantra of “everything in moderation” just doesn’t spark much attention, hysteria or social justice. Maybe we should remember that tested scientific research can be trusted, and cute brunettes with a blog … maybe, maybe not.

The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of Farm World. Readers with questions or comments for Melissa Hart may write to her in care of this publication.