Healthy Or Not: 5 Surprising Health Foods You Shouldn't Eat!

Healthy Or Not: 5 Surprising Health Foods You Shouldn't Eat!

hey it's marie forleo and you are watching marietv the place to be to create a business and life you love and you know one of the things I learned asking you our beloved viewers about what you'd like to see more of is that you want to see more marietv viewers people who are out there in the world shaking things up and making it happen doing what they loved so when I heard about this particular marietv viewer this woman who is making big waves out there taking on the big major food corporations I knew I had to have her on Vani Hari started food babe calm to spread information about what's really in the American food supply her activism brought national attention at the Democratic convention when she protested in front of the US Secretary of Agriculture on the issue of GMO labeling Vani has taken on and gotten response from huge food corporations like Kraft Chipotle Whole Foods McDonald's coca-cola and Red Mango she's been profiled in the New York Times USA Today The Washington Times and appeared on the dr. Oz Show Inside Edition Good Morning America CNN and others Vani so great to have you here on marietv thank you so much Marie you've been a huge inspiration to me I'm so excited to be here awesome so before we dive into it about the five surprising health foods you shouldn't be eating I would love to know about your story how less than a year ago you are at this cushy job and why you left to go to food babe calm and do it full-time I never thought I would be blogging and taking on some of the biggest food corporations for my daily job I never thought that would actually be my job one day when I started food babe calm which was two years ago in response to a bunch of friends and family that begged me to share my lifestyle with them my recipes how I was able to heal myself naturally about ten years ago I suffered appendicitis and I could have died from this because the initial doctor that saw me told me that there was nothing wrong and asked me to go home and at that moment recovering in the hospital room over the holidays in December I'm made a commitment to myself I said to make myself my number one priority and I was living the typical American lifestyle before that you know I had just gotten out of school I got a really awesome job at a top management consulting firm which I thought was my dream job and I wanted to fit in I wanted to eat what everybody else was eating I wanted to live the lifestyle I wanted to work the crazy hours so that I could you know impress my boss and get promoted and I didn't realize what a toll that was gonna be on my health and so I started to slowly teach myself the habits on how to live a really clean organic lifestyle and in this over-processed world and in this corporate environment and so slowly but surely I started developing all these habits and my co-workers and my friends and family and everyone around me started wondering like why is she drinking that great stuff and you know what's going on with this lemon water thing she does every morning and you know how did she go from being like chubby and kind of just not really in shape to being in shape for now over 10 years maintaining my weight I mean to this day one of my aunts thinks I got work done really that's amazing yeah and so you know I started food babe calm in response to their wanting to know everything that was going on especially some people at work they were watching my daily habits they sat next to me my cubicle and we're trying to you know mimic what I was doing and I was teaching them a lot and they just loved it and um they were like you have you know so much about food you really need to tell everyone and you need to tell me so I can tell my mom and and share it and I said okay sure and so I started the blog and I remember I had like I don't know 20-25 readers you know for the first month there's probably like your friends and your co-workers yes and I think like my mom and like my best friend read it and and that was about it and you know prior to starting in my blog I was never on social media so I actually had an intervention from some friends that said listen you don't know about anything that's going in our lives because you are not on Facebook and so you need to go on Facebook right now because how are you gonna spread your blog and I'm like oh that's such a good point so yeah I'll get on Facebook Amazo and I started Twitter and and I had no social media experience before that because I wasn't corporate world you know we it was scary to be on Facebook with all your party pictures you didn't want your boss finding those totally and so um so I so I got on and slowly but surely I remember like the first person who commented that wasn't someone I knew and I was like whoa who who's this and and little did I know at the time but I developed this power and I didn't really understand this power at the time until company started reacting to my writing and a lot of things get me energized and really I'm an activist at heart I want to fight for the people and I was I was at this yogurt place that's an organic yogurt place or quote-unquote organic yogurt place in Charlotte and they had all this marketing on saying it was organic and then when I found out was really in the ingredients which was started with organic yogurt but they added trans fat which is you know in a little bit of amount to eat that stuff can cause heart disease um artificial colors made from petroleum products artificial flavors and then other crazy ingredients and I was just like what is going on here this is not truth in advertising I need to write about it so I wrote about it and immediately the president of the company reached out to me and took down all the marketing Wow and it's because of not me writing about it but all the people sharing it with their friends and telling their friends about it and being like watch out and it just went viral and of course the president heard about it through their customer service hotline and you know they listened and that was pretty amazing at that point because I realized okay I have this voice my name Bonnie means voice so I always knew that I had something to voice growing up yeah and I was even uh you know nationally ranked debater in high school you know and I was just always into research I spent every summer researching a Dartmouth College and I would bury myself I mean I quit the cheerleading team to join the debate team and so it was like that point in time in in my in my life in high school was one of the most exciting times and I was able to bring that back because I was able to research and get in and fight for the people and in in debate you weren't really fighting for the people but you're fighting for your side yeah and and I've always had that kind of tenacity about me and so it was coming out this is I love this I love your story and I'm not to interrupt you too much but I can see the fire and you know I think it's so interesting also for our viewers because so many of us are multi passionate and there's things that we you know have a strong skill set for maybe early on in life and then they kind of fall away but it sounds like you really rediscovered that ability to use all the skills you built up as a debater and bring that into your now incredibly growing fast growing career as the food babe so curious tell me take me to the point where I know it wasn't that long ago where you were still blogging but you also had your job and then you made the decision that you were ready to leave your full-time job and do your new business full-time what was that like well you know my friends about a year ago said to me you know Vani you need to make a decision you need to do this full-time this is your calling and I said oh that's so nice of them to say that it's so great and I wasn't until I really allowed myself to appreciate my own voice and allow myself to understand this is why I was put on this planet and it wasn't until in all actuality I found you Marie and um in December you know I I was in Machu Picchu in Peru and I was reading a book um and you've had her on here Daniel Laporte firestarter sessions and dear friend I loved her watched one of your interviews with her I was reading the book at the same time and I just found you through a mutual friend and um and I couldn't believe that I was like well number one where's Marie Forleo been my whole life you know like why isn't she been coaching me this whole time to do my you know passion and number two you know I was on top of Machu Picchu on December 21st the day the world was supposed to end well I didn't really think it was gonna end you know yeah shift cosmic you know I believe in higher powers so um and I made the decision right there on top of Machu Picchu and I said to myself my contract was ending and I could have gotten another contract because I'm a management consultant ah but I said to myself I'm gonna make this happen I turned over to my husband I said are you willing to do this you know I'm giving up my salary and we're gonna do this and I'm going to tell everyone what's in their food and I want to change the way Americans are eating and the way they think about food and I'm gonna make it my life's mission and are you on board and he like looked at me he's like what do you been waiting for awesome and so it was like everybody else was giving me permission but now myself yeah and it wasn't until I really realized that that's what I needed to do and it was scary I tell you I landed back like the first week of January and I didn't go into an office I had no boss I was like what is going on this is so weird and oh my goodness I got to figure out a way to make some money I got to pay the mortgage yes so I started slowly just you know figuring out a way that met my values partying with the right companies the companies I already use and buy and have loved my whole life and that provide benefit to the world and finding and reaching out for those relationships so that I could start you know working with them and um and everyone can really live the life that they want to live and what's so amazing is I didn't realize this at the time but if people have something that they're really passionate about and they love and they're really good at it I mean you have to cherish that and you have to find out what it is that you can do to share that passion and no matter what the money will follow and I never really like I never really believed that like oh well I was like you know I had to work hard I had to keep my job you know it was really um you know I I was a management get sold for thirteen years of my life yeah and to give like all that up you know I was successful too you know and I was just to give it all up and say bye was a tough transition mentally and and then the the thought of going back and being a management consultant totally freaks me out and I wake up every single day right now and I put my feet on the ground and I still live in the same condo or surrounded by the same people that I used to work with and I walk down the street and I just smile and I'm like ha ha not that cubicle and and and there's something wrong with being in a cubicle because there's great companies that have cubicles but but for you it wasn't the right man I there was a different time yeah I needed to be using my voice in a way to change the world and I really think I was put on this planet to change the world and I really want to do that Vani that was actually the perfect segue to what we're going to talk about next which is the five surprising health foods that we shouldn't be eating but before we start I just want to make this point this is about awareness so you can learn how to help yourself and your family make better choices this is not about being perfect we all have our vices but we want to make better choices more often so let's get rolling well the first one is and this one is a really tricky topic because a lot of people when they go out to eat and when they order a sandwich when they you know go for lunch or whatever they order the whole wheat bread and the whole wheat bread at at different major fast-food chains for example Subway the nine grain bread everyone thinks that the nine grain bread is like the Hallelujah sandwich right and you get it and you get your veggies on it and it's under 300 calories and you're good to go totally but that sandwich has probably close to over 50 ingredients in it and the same which actually has an ingredient in the area along with a slew of other ingredients that is a dough conditioner that is banned in Europe if you get caught using it in Singapore you get fined $450,000 she's banned in Australia but we still use it here in the United States and let me just let me just try to say this work because it's a long word as a car 'banahna my you can put it at the bottom of the screen cuz I know which which actually it's not it's funny and it's not funny because to think that that's what we're putting in our bodies we can't even pronounce it but it's going in our food system so we'll just lay it on there but keep going no yeah I still can't say it right I try to memorize it before I came here today and I still cannot say this word right it's just a long chemical name yeah and it actually was it the reason why it's so controversial is it gives people asthmatic symptoms and allergies and it's really sad it's really sad ingredient but what you can do instead that's the important yeah so if you are at Subway don't recommend it but if you are at Subway get the salad get a whole avocado on top an avocado has you know has protein added to it and that's a way to really enjoy a meal without any major toxins and you're getting some really healthy fat with the avocado awesome so we're gonna stay away from the whole grain whole wheat bread generally speaking and we're gonna go just for a salad that's been up that's right and if you do go for bread yep and you love bread yeah I really love this Ezekiel bread yes I gotta say I'm gonna lift up the Ezekiel I have so many loaves of this in my house I came to tell you we go through this like wildfire yeah it's awesome and it's so amazing cuz there's no flour and it's actually a whole grain so that's the way our body was intended to actually um digest yeah digest grains and it actually gives us more energy that way cuz flour what it does is just spikes her insulin level and promotes bad gains and that's not good not so good all right what's number two alright number two is agave nectar oh god I'm guilty of this one tell me about it well agave you know got really popular because the raw vegans found a sweetener that they could have that was raw and vegan and I was as close to nature as I thought um to put in a lot of different desserts and other sweetened items yeah like your morning drinks anything right and you know it's a liquid base so it replaced honey for people who are concerned about you know the bees and things like that and what they found is actually a ghave nectar has a higher concentration of fructose in almost 80% more higher concentration than high fructose corn syrup whoa and what that means is that you know the first thing your liver processes is fructose it's either alcohol or fructose and if root toast is going straight to your liver your livers not in its fat-burning mode and so what that does is it promotes visceral fat all the fat around your midsection dayal belly fat agave belly fat agave belly fat is pretty much what we're saying yeah exactly exactly so what I love to recommend for people is coconut palm sugar coconut palm sugar comes straight from the coconut tree it's dried sap off the tree also has all the minerals and vitamins it's a one to one substitution for sugar it's low glycemic so it's great for people who are on the diabetic spectrum or are concerned about their glycemic level or if you're really concerned you can go with stevia and sweet leaf here they have a stevia that doesn't have all the fillers and the crazy stuff going on there our stevia products though are that are dreadful examples of those are like Truvia and pure Vita that are owned by coca-cola and PepsiCo respectively and they have this crazy 40 step patented process to completely process the stevia to hell and just take a really natural beautiful plant that adds a lot of sweetness and just destroy it I wouldn't recommend those okay great so if we're gonna do stevia we're gonna do sweet leaf yes awesome where are we going next alright so the third one here let's talk about Gatorade Gatorade right so we're going to talk about Gatorade even though we don't have a Gatorade to hold we want to bring it in the studio it's so toxic tell us why Vani well Gatorade is like one of those things that like my parents and I'm sure your parents gave you when you were sick yeah and when you were under the weather and like you know you're out on the soccer field or Cheerilee or whatever you're doing when you real it'll and your parents would bring you Gatorade because they would want you to get dehydrated and it is one of the worst things ever because what Gatorade really is is a bunch of sugar and chemicals with salt and until recently it had this really controversial ingredient called brominated vegetable oil BVO which is actually still empowering today and it's something that's banned in other countries and is a flame retardant Jesus yes that's insane yeah it's crazy so I what I'd like to tell people is look to nature for electrolytes like coconut water is so amazing for electrolytes and you want to make sure you get a really good coconut water though because there's a bunch of coconut waters I did not this until I started researching it but are made from coconuts from all over the world and they use the concentrate and so all the electrolytes are kind of diminished but what you want to do is go for a raw coconut water and harmless harvest suits based north and in New York yes you're in New York um are is amazing awesome and you know what we'll do we're going to put links to all of aunties recommendations below so if you're listening you're like I can't write all this down we're gonna have it below the video and another really great Elektra like booster is celery really yes like you can either eat the celery or you can juice it and like combine it with a little lemon a little apple that's just a great great way to keep you electrolytes the third option to keep electrolytes just to mention it is chia seeds chia seeds when they're soaked in water they soak up ten times the amount of water and when you eat that it keeps your body hydrated and so like Aztecs back in the day would eat these seeds and that would be the only thing they would have all day and it would keep them hydrated which is crazy today it's such a powerful Dino Josh has been pushing chia seeds on me for a while and it's only like after I meet you and my dear friend Chris Carr that he's like oh of course all the ladies tell you what's good for you and how you eat them I'm like eh that's how it goes but that's awesome and oh that JC it's very cool so do we have one more we do actually have two more we have two more awesome um so almond milk almond milk oh no what's up with almond milk tell us Bonnie well almond milk inherently is absolutely wonderful usually it's just almonds and water in a blender like four cups of water one cup of almonds that are soaked overnight in a blender strained makes beautiful almond milk perfect your body can assimilate it it's great but the almond milk that you buy at the store yes nine times out of ten has an ingredient called carrageenan and carrageenan is derived from a sea wheat plant so it seems very natural right but what happens is when they derive it and they process it it can be contaminated with degraded carrageenan and what that does is when you eat it it can disrupt the whole GI tract so all the people that have irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal issues bloating and other things could be could be caused by carrageenan and carriage Ian's not only an almond milk but it's in dere all sorts of dairy products like cottage cheese and sour cream cream cheese and ice creams and other things like that so is it important for us because I've always I've you know purchased almond milk from the store so I just need to really look at my labels now and if it has that in it it's not getting in my little shopping cart yeah forget it I know that the whole fruits brand 365 doesn't use carrageenan awesome right so that's a great option or make it at home and that's what I do and I love it because it's two ingredients super easy it's always fresh right last few days in the fridge it's awesome perfect okay what's our final food frozen yogurt oh my goodness Rosen yogurt what's gone wrong tell us well first yogurt is like an invented thing it's not something that we've had a really long time in America mean it was is invented in the late 1960s and what they found was you know they wanted to make a healthy version of ice cream so they started freezing yogurt and everyone started complaining about the taste they said you know it's tart and it's not that sweet and I still want my ice cream right well the food manufacturers listen to that and I said oh well we're gonna add more sugar we're gonna make it more process we're gonna add a bunch of artificial colors and we're gonna add a bunch of other crazy ingredients that you're doesn't your body no good and so what happened was is that frozen yogurt ended up being something totally crazy and when you go into a frozen yogurt place and you asked look at their product before they put it in the machine it looks like kool-aid oh my god really yeah it looks like coulis it's so processed that the probiotic content the whole reason why you want to have yogurt in the first place all those beneficial bacteria on your gut they're pretty much diminished in that powder product that's disgusting so what should we do no frozen yogurt at all or is there any good brands or should we just look someplace else for a little sweet well Red Mango actually has they've been paying attention to how much probiotics are in there frozen yogurt and they've figured out the freezing process in order to keep some of the beneficial bacteria and they're one of the cleanest ones that I researched recently which was really great and I would recommend going for the plain variety so you don't get the artificial colors you're not getting any of the other crazy flavorings that could be in there and so if you are there you can get the plain yogurt you can get it some fruit on top and some nuts or something but uh you know if you're gonna go for something sweet and amazing yeah why not go for the real thing go for real ice cream do a little bit of it or make your own and I love making my own with coconut milk right here and this is an organic coconut milk that's available by native force it doesn't have BPA in the can which is so awesome that's another toxin we want to avoid that's available you know that's in typical canned products um this all you do it's so amazing you really put this in a blender with whatever flavorings you want a little vanilla maybe a banana a frozen banana or maybe some other type of fruit and make whatever chocolate whatever flavor you want and then throw in an ice cream machine it is amazing that's great I need to get myself an ice cream machine because that's one little piece of equipment that I don't have I love it yeah and you know for a lot of people who are trying to avoid dairy because of environmental reasons or because they're vegan or whatever yeah um and I think coconut milk is a way to go and Plus coconut is a powerhouse ingredient it speeds up the metabolism it's got that medium chain fatty acid in there that really helps you build the right amino acids and I just love it so awesome Bonnie thank you so much and once again all the lists of what we talked about is right below this video so you can have it for yourself Vani I just want to acknowledge you for your courage and your commitment not only to just being such a beacon of light but to bringing such transparency to our food system and being an advocate for all of us thank you so much for the work you do and thank you for being here thank you so much for it is a true honor if you want to learn more about Vani and her incredible work please go visit her and sign up for updates at food babe calm now Vani and I would love to hear from you what's the single biggest insight that you are taking away from this interview today as always the best conversations happen after the episode over at so go there and leave a comment now did you like this video I certainly did if you did like it subscribe and share it with your friends and if you want even more great resources to create a business and life that you love plus some 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  1. 2012 was really about 2 things… One positive and one negative… Humans level of awareness is raised because of our procession into the galactic photon belt… Photo means light.. So thermal bodies or bodies in fire get a boost to thier luminosity ..the ability to gather and process more information …. And 2nd aspect is the Mayan jaguar priests insidious "nightscriprt"…which is designed to dumb humans down analytically… So we become more intelligent but less deductive….. We become more like enhanced intelligent predators… And that's where we are at

  2. You know there is a mountain in the Himalayas called Machapuchare.. And the Tibetans say that the most generic term for a Tibetan is Indian… Isn't that interesting that it's so similar to machu piccu

  3. I interviewed Dr. Thoma Freeman, he just turned 100, and has the Freeman College named after him at Texas Southern University, where he has been for over 70 years. He is the person who trained Denzel Washington for the movie "The Great Debaters"..after we wrapped up the interview and some convo I asked did he think he could outdebate me…. And he said I doubt it…

  4. I eat organic food for more than 7 years now…
    vegetarian for 2 years now…I do not drink milk for 6 years but I still eat some cheese and only in a summer time I have an ice cream once a week…
    I do not use agave sirup but I did not know that is so bad for your health…

  5. My biggest insight is how bullshit this all is; people don't need to change their diet, they need to heal their wounds…

  6. loved the discussion. the one thing i will always do now is check the ingredients on the packaged foods i buy! and make sure they are good for me and dont have harmful substances or chemicals in them.

  7. I like this. (And what I noticed is that you are both here doing your good thing, not perfect; but even with naysayers, you are making a positive difference & inspiring as best you know how.. and helping bring out the good in others & the world, and connecting us.. Thank you!)

  8. This video was AMazing ! I definitely realized how blind I am to believing ads! I need to be more investigative about my food.

  9. Holy fuck these people are stupid. Whole grains are one of the healthiest sources of nutrition your body can absorb. For them to say that whole wheat bread is unhealthy is just fucking absurd.

    How can anyone be so uninformed as this??

  10. hi marie, I am in a long term relatiionship and I always speak about breakup though I do not want to!, whenever i get a problem. i don't know the reason for that and I wanted to qiet saying it and certain harmful words

  11. Did she really say palm sugar is dried sap off the tree? So much confidence without doing the proper research.

  12. I think by watching this my IQ just dropped!
    PS what's with the fake southern accent thing Marie does? Is she trying to be cool or funny or is that just an american plastic woman thing?

  13. Hi Food babe…You mention about electrolyte, sea salt+baking soda to made body less acidic. But according to Dr. Berg (search youtube) we should made our body acidic not alkaline. Which part of body you mention here?

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