How To Be A Food Activist In Your Own Kitchen

We live in a world where our food is making us sick, tired, and overweight. Big Food brands design their packaged products to be addictive, so we over consume unhealthy ingredients, including cheap additives that are banned in other countries. Product labels are deceiving, hiding risky chemicals that contaminate our food and tout approval from organizations we’re led to believe are protecting our health, but in reality are doing anything but that. On this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I was so happy to talk to Vani Hari about how Big Food manipulates nutrition research, purposely makes their food addictive, and how we can regenerate our health by getting in the kitchen. There are over 3,000 food additives in our food supply, many of which have not been tested for safety, and the average American consumes three to five pounds of these chemicals a year. Vani shares tactics used by the food industry, scientists, and the media to disguise the unnecessary harms in our food supply. Vani and I also discuss the many food companies selling similar products overseas with healthier ingredients. The UK enjoys some of the same products we do, but with totally different ingredient lists. We talk about why the food industry doesn’t remove these ingredients from their American products, and what ingredients are banned in Europe but sold in the US. Vani shares her advice for reading food labels, including the top things we need to look out for, why we need to be wary of fortification, and what it means when a product includes “natural flavors.” We also talk about what cooking oils are the healthiest to use, what we should be looking for when buying pasta, and Vani’s special “sweet blend” that she uses to make the Forever Cookies featured in her new cookbook, Food Babe Kitchen. Vani also shares why she hasn’t used a microwave in over a decade, her favorite way to heat up leftovers and frozen food, and much more. This episode is brought to you by Tushy, Perfect Keto, and Thrive Market. The Tushy bidet is a sleek attachment that clips onto your existing toilet and connects to the water supply behind your toilet to spray you with clean, fresh water. And it’s really affordable, starting at only $79. Right now Tushy is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners 10% off, too, so it’s a better time than ever to make the switch to a bidet. Just go to This episode is brought to you by Perfect Keto. Right now, Perfect Keto is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners 20% off plus free shipping with the code DRMARK. Just go to, and make sure you try their Nut Butters and Keto Cookies. Right now, Thrive is offering all Doctor's Farmacy listeners an amazing deal. Select a free gift from Thrive Market when you sign up for a 1 year membership. And, any time you spend more than $49 you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping. Just head over to
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