Eating Healthy At Parties, Hidden Toxins In Your Children’s “Health Food,” Why Baby Food Has MSG & More With Food Babe Vani Hari.

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How do you feed your family the right way in a world full of crap that could be killing your kids?

I can't think of a better person to answer this question than this week's guest, Vani Hari, aka “The Food Babe.” She's a revolutionary food activist, a New York Times best-selling author, co-founder of the organic food brand Truvani, and was named one of the “Most Influential People on the Internet” by TIME magazine. She also joined me many years ago for the podcast episode “‘The Food Babe' Says They’re Feeding You Lies (How to Unravel the Food Industry’s Playbook and Reclaim Your Health).”

Hari started to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world.

Her new book Food Babe Family inspires you with over 100 recipes and everything you need to feed your family in a way that will foster a love for REAL food for life.

The fact is, the multimillion-dollar food industry has used its vast resources to target parents, convincing them that it’s difficult to feed their children good food. But here’s the truth: parenting is difficult, but feeding your children simple, healthy, real food shouldn’t be.

In Food Babe Family, Vani dispels popular myths about feeding your kids, offers more than 100 delicious recipes that make it simple to put healthy, real food on the table, and helps parents start children on a lifelong path of making good food choices.

From Pumpkin Muffins to Taco Salad Cups, Zucchini Pizza Bites, “Chick-fil-A” Chicken Nuggets and Waffle Fries, and even Homemade “Oreos,” Food Babe Family proves it’s not only possible but fun to eat real food without artificial dyes, high fructose corn syrup, and other nasty ingredients.

The book Food Babe Family includes tips and tricks, such as how to:

  • Navigate the food in schools and daycares
  • Deal with “picky eaters”
  • Make mealtime fun for kids without processed foods
  • Eat hassle-free and healthfully at restaurants
  • And more!

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Who is Vani Hari?…05:05

-How should you choose your breakfast oats?…07:24

  • Vani has two kids
  • Breakfast she serves to her kids
  • One Degree Oats
  • Right before harvest, oat is sprayed down with Roundup to kill all the weeds
    • The same goes for wheat
  • Choose glyphosate-free oats; look for certified glyphosate-free label
  • Glyphosate can disrupt nutrient absorption
  • Steel-cut oats are digested slower and make you feel full longer
  • Dr. Cowan's Garden vegetable powders (use code BEN to save 15% off the vegetable powders)

-How did Vani feed her children when they were babies?…11:56

-What is the importance of providing a variety of food?…17:20

  • The first baby food has to be as close to nature as possible
  • Vani’s daughter ate bok choy as a 1-year-old
  • Now, she eats every vegetable
  • Her son was a bit more challenging
  • Feeding kids with wild sardines
    • The benefits of sardines

-What are the dangers of MSG?…20:27

  • Autolyzed yeast extract and yeast derivatives
  • Derivatives that are similar to MSG — monosodium glutamate
  • Studies on obesity
    • Rats are given MSG compounds like autolyzed yeast extract
  • It hijacks your taste buds
  • It makes you want to eat more than you should
  • Manufacturers add it to their food to hook a customer for life
  • MSG controversy
  • Is glutamate in MSG the same as the one your body produces?
  • You can OD on artificial MSG
  • It triggers toxins in your brain so you remember the flavor
  • MSG is responsible for obesity epidemics, picky eaters, and lack of nutrients in the body
  • Is MSG neurotoxic?
  • The introduction of processed foods has produced an overweight and obese population
  • Opt out of the processed food industry experiment

-Are there any good snacks for kids?…33:50

  • Gerber’s Lil' Crunchies are not good
    • They're like Cheetos for kids, but worse
  • Some companies are trying to make products with real food ingredients
  • Vani's book Food Babe Family has substitutes for popular snacks 
  • Artificial flavors that are carcinogens
  • Artificial colors cause ADD, asthma, eczema, inflammation of the brain, and the lessening of your immune system.
  • Other problematic artificial ingredients in processed foods:
    • Titanium dioxide
    • Caramel coloring
    • Vanillin
    • PGPR
    • TBHQ (Tertiary butylhydroquinone)
    • BHT

-Are Veggie Straws healthier than Ruffles Potato Chips?…42:08

  • They are both made with conventional canola oil or sunflower oil extracted with hexane — a very carcinogenic compound
  • Both are high in omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid
  • Non-organic potatoes are full of pesticides
  • Veggie Straw company doesn’t produce real veggie straws
  • Rhythm snacks provides real dehydrated veggies

-What should you do about food at birthday parties?…44:50

  • Vani’s kids are allowed one treat without artificial colors
  • She explains to them that they value health differently than other people
  • Her daughter now makes her own decisions
  • Ice Cream Sandwich ingredients include caramel coloring
  • Corporations are beginning to wake up to the idea that we want cleaner products
  • Educating children and teaching them to make good decisions
  • Feeding kids before a party
  • Making your own cookies with high-quality ingredients
  • Ben’s experience with his sons
    • Bringing their own snacks
  • The appendix gets inflamed because of eating inflammatory foods
  • Podcast with Bryan Johnson:

-What does Vani’s meal planning consist of?…58:55

  • Ben is a creature of habit; doesn’t mind eating the same food every day
  • Limiting food choices and meal planning helps a lot
  • Vani is always prepared and has a lot of recipes in her book, Food Babe Family
  • Where can people find Vani?

-And much more…

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