The Foodcast examines the absurdity of the worlds of food and nutrition by:

  • Discussing the latest news,
  • Talking with experts, and
  • Testing bizarre products and performing (occasionally) wacky stunts.

Our mission is to help you make the best decisions about what you eat so you can learn to love food again.

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Summary Show Notes

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Episode 0043 – PlateRate

Where to eat? That’s the question. It’s a question that’s even more complicated when you’re trying to satisfy the tastes of a group. Review sites like Yelp or Google are no help. They’re weighted down by competing interests, evil business models and a need to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

That’s where PlateRate comes in. PlateRate is a review platform dedicated to food. In this episode of The Foodcast, we learn about how PlateRate works and why you should be using it.

00:17     Introduction

00:58     Rant – Yelp!

05:54     Interview – Garrett Lang – PlateRate

23:28     PlateRate Trial

29:52     Wrap Up

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Episode 0042 – Episode 0042 Episode

In an ongoing series that proves that food is medicine, we meet John Baumann. At the height of his career as a corporate attorney, John learned that he had Parkinson’s Disease and needed to prepare for the neurological decline that comes with that disorder. John and his wife Bernadette chose to fight back, literally and figuratively with lifestyle changes that would benefit any of us. And with Bernadette’s help, they cracked the code for affordable healthful eating.

I welcome you to meet Bernadette and John Baumann on this episode of The Foodcast.

00:17     Introduction

02:33     Rant – Healthy Eating and Affordable Eating Are Not Mutually Exclusive

09:05     Interview – Bernadette and John Baumann

32:15     Shop Like a Baumann

41:45     Wrap Up

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Episode 0041 – Brought To You By The Letter “O”

This episode of The Foodcast is brought to you by the letter “O.” Have you heard the latest? Coconut Oil is not healthy and never was? What do we do now? Also, we take another deep dive into the world of herbs and spices. This time our victim is Oregano. Finally, in the next installment of “What in the Actual Fudge is…” we examine COQ10 a mysterious supplement that’s gaining in popularity but nobody knows why. And of course, there’s the usual references to bad television, movies and music.

00:18      Introduction

01:00     Coconut Oil

18:20     Oregano

28:57     What in the Actual Fudge is CoQ10?

35:00     Wrap Up

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Episode 0040 – Not A Throwaway

Stop eating beef, pork and chicken and our environmental problems will be solved. At least that’s what films like Cowspiracy want you to believe. Make no mistake about it, farm animals have a huge environmental footprint. But, in fact, when you consider everything we eat and the way we eat it, meat and other animal products barely scratch the surface.

In this episode of The Foodcast, we look at the big picture and explore how the entire farm-to-table lifecycle effects our planet. Maybe the farm isn’t the best place to start. Then, I speak to three entrepreneurs who are focusing on a different and very sensible place and they’re doing so in an innovative way. All this and the usual shenanigans right here on The Foodcast.

00:17     Introduction

02:00     Rant

09:28     Interview with Elspeth Collard, Bridget Williams and Leila Rasmussen

31:23     RTC Initiative Beta Test

38:37     Wrap Up

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Episode 0039 – GRAS, Weed, Herb and Grass

What does an obscure but insidious FDA rule, marijuana, mint, wheat and the wisdom of Carl Spackler have in common? Probably nothing. But they are all interesting and entertainingly related to health and wellness. In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we explore a loophole in FDA regulations that allows food manufacturers to slip anything they want into our food system, the health benefits of marijuana, the value of incorporating mint into your diet and what in the actual fudge is wheat grass.

00:15 Introduction

01:09 Generally Recognized as Safe?

15:30 How Medical is Marijuana

21:46 Mint

28:59 Wheat Grass

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Episode 0038 – Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements? Vitamins, minerals and other magic elixirs…are they really magic or are they a gamble? In this episode of The Foodcast, you’ll get some Karma Sense advice on how to get the most from dietary supplements or better yet, from your diet.

00:17     Introduction

00:58     Overall Supplement Advice

11:29     Supplementing Essential Macronutrients

19:18     Supplementing Essential Micronutrients

28:50     Other Supplement Types

31:50     Wrap Up

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Episode 0037 – Lose Weight Slow

There’s no easy way to lose weight. The best methods for losing weight and keeping it off are hard work. In this episode of The Foodcast, you’ll learn why it’s worth the effort if you need to lose weight. And if you don’t need to lose weight, you learn why you need to be supportive of those who do.

00:15     Introduction

00:51     Rant

08:10     Interview with Sharon Lewis

39:02     A Mindfulness Exercise

47:06     Wrap Up

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Episode 0036 – Stupify Me

Wacky food stunts are a great way to generate website clicks. But do they teach us anything about the food in question? Or do they stupify us?

In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we examine the folks who attempt to recreate their own version of Super Size Me with a random sampling of these attempts at self-experimentation. In the end, do they stupEfy me or stupIfy me?

00:20     Introduction

02:34     I Tried Blue Apron Home Delivery Meal Kit Service for One Year and This is What Happened

15:02     I Ate the Tom Brady Diet for Three Weeks and This Is What Happened

30:11     I Ate Nothing But Halo Top Ice Cream for Ten Days and This Is What Happened.

38:01    Home Delivery Meal Kit Service Update

41:29     Wrap Up

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Episode 0035 – Sugar Substitutes Rabbit Hole

Artificial Sweeteners, what a “rabbit hole!” By rabbit hole, I refer to the Wikipedia definition, “a metaphor for an entry into the unknown, the disorientating or the mentally deranging, from its use in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” 

In this metaphor, artificial sweeteners stand in for the rabbit. I’m Alice (although I look better in a navy blue dress than a sky blue one). The hole is a symbol for my attempt to make sense of this topic. In this episode of The Foodcast, we explore the usual science, history, politics and culture of sugar substitutes. Sprinkled throughout is advice on how to have healthy relationship with these substances.

00:46     Introduction

01:52     Background Info

06:17     What Do Government Experts Say?

18:55     Are All Sugar Substitutes the Same?

24:51     What Does the Research Say?

38:02     What Should I Do Next

48:31     Wrap Up

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Episode 0034 – Davey Wonk-a and the Bullcrap Factory

On May 1, 2017, United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced changes to the 2010 Healthy and Hunger Free Kids act that set strict standards for meals served in public schools. It sounds like a wonky subject but it affects everyone whether you have school age kids or not. It’s wonky, but your host makes it accessible, interesting and goofy.

00:55     Introduction

02:35     Background Information

06:34     Secretary Perdue’s Announcement

42:45     Interview with Leesburg, VA Mayor Kelly Burk

46:47     What Does It All Mean

50:47     Wrap Up

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