Vani started her blog Foodbabe.com in April 2011 after dealing with several illnesses as a child which eventually landed her in a hospital with appendicitis. After this experience, she vowed to start eating healthy and to live a healthy lifestyle. She was encouraged by her friends and family to create a blog about what she was learning and eating. She did not expect what happened next.
She gained National attention after she started a petition to Kraft Foods to remove its dyes from their macaroni and cheese that went viral. Kraft eventually took their dyes, Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 (which have been linked to hyperactivity and allergies in children) out of some their products that are marketed to children.
Food Babe is a veracious investigator and holds corporations and restaurants accountable for what they are selling to the American public. Some of those corporations include, Whole Foods, Subway, Lean Cuisine, McDonalds, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Chipotle, Yoforia and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Vani has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Times and Chicago Tribune. This year, Food Babe was voted by a survey done on Dr. Oz as the healthiest Facebook page.
I spoke with Vani today about her life and how it has changed since she made the decision to quit corporate America and follow her passion. She candidly talks about her aspirations and plans for the future.
Vani also gave us an update on her dealings with Anheuser-Busch and Miller Coors. Vani started a petition to get them to list their beer ingredients on their websites. She is currently working with GMO Inside on petitioning Starbucks to start serving organic, GMO-free milk. She shared with us her concerns about some of the ingredients that Starbucks uses in their Frappuccinos, including a caramel coloring that is a known carcinogen.
Just today, Vani sent out a post from her blog about Campbell’s product, V-8 , and their claim that it is 100% vegetarian. When questioned by a vegan blogger about this on Twitter, Campbell’s confirmed that their “natural flavoring” could possibly contain animal products and that they do not make any vegan products! She will continue to investigate this ongoing story and keep us updated.
Food Babe will be speaking at The National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa in mid September, along with many other food activists and excellent presenters. I will be speaking at this event too. To find out more about this event, go to www.theheirloomexpo.com
To listen to this informative and inspirational interview with Vani Hari, click on the link below:
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