Op Ed by Vani Hari: People should be able to pronounce what they eat

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CHARLOTTE, NC – As members of the Food Babe Army know, I have long been a fan of the phrase, “If you cannot pronounce it, don’t eat it.”  Recently, it has come to my attention that many of my followers have been misinterpreting this to mean that foods which contain difficult to pronounce substances are somehow inherently unsafe. This is simply ludicrous.

Rather, I strongly believe that Americans in 2015 should have the basic scientific literacy to pronounce chemical names, including those contained in food. Take “cyanocobalamin,” for example.  It doesn’t roll off the tongue, does it?  This is scientific name for B12 and I would hope that any educated American in this day and age would be able to easily pronounce it. I firmly believe that those who cannot pronounce words like this shouldn’t eat.

As my longtime followers know, combating scientific illiteracy while avoiding the alarmism that commonly accompanies nutritional advice today, is the mission to which I have devoted my life. Encouraging people to learn how to pronounce scientific words is at the core of that mission.

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  • Guest

    You are the one who is scientifically illiterate.

    “foods which contain difficult to pronounce substances are somehow inherently unsafe. This is simply ludicrous.”

    Then why did you try to frighten your readers by telling them about acetic acid! (The HORROR!) Oh yeah; it’s also known as VINEGAR! You are a fear monger, attempting to strike fear into your readers which you then attempt to alleviate by giving them ludicrous rules to follow – based on NO science.

    Oh, and by the way, “The air that is pumped in isn’t pure oxygen either, it’s mixed with nitrogen, sometimes almost at 50%.”

    Oh no! The HORROR! lol Yeah. Never mind the fact that the air you’re breathing right now is 78% nitrogen. You’re too stupid to live.

    • Nathan Poe

      Hey Guest: your fly is undone

      Love, Guest

    • Chris

      You should make sure your satire meter is properly calibrated before clicking on a satirical website.

      Most of know that the above article was not written by Ms. Hari.

  • Dan Kibby

    Next up for the FoodBabe ‘Army’: An impassioned crusade to remove deoxyribonucleic acid from our bodies because an 8 year-old cannot pronounce it.

  • Dave McCormick

    I can’t understand these pronunciation problems. Words are just made up of syllables. Get some ed-u-ma-cashun and you can learn yourself how to pronounce anything. Problem solved. By the way, note that “fat”, “sugar” and “arsenic” are all easy to pronounce. Doesn’t mean you should overload on any of them. Just sayin’

  • BooBerry

    Food Babe is well known to have a mental disorder so that’s that.