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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