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 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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Episode 0033 – WTF…Rolling Rock

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And that’s what happened to me in the production of this week’s episode of The Foodcast. But resilience breeds perseverance and the results is an action packed episode in which you learn how to grill responsibly (and for optimal health) and the perils of salt, both too much and too little. All that with the usual shenanigans including the requisite Batman, Star Trek and Seinfeld references.

00:19 Introduction

01:45 Grilling and Cancer Fears

10:43 De-dehydration, aka Hyponatremia

17:41 How Much is Too Much Salt

27:54 Wrap Up

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Episode 0032 – Too Much of a Good Thing

It’s time for another Dear Davey H episode of The Foodcast in which I respond to listener questions. So you have the audience to blame for my discussing whether cheese can be part of a healthy diet, My Cousin Vinnie,  The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new study that analyzes the superiority or lack thereof of the vegetarian diet, Australians, morally superior eggs, Casablanca, GMOs, 4/20, Seinfeld, MTV, Slim Whitman and how much is too much. Sound like too much? Don’t judge, listen.

00:20     Introduction

01:18     Cheese

18:07     New Research on the Vegetarian Diet

21:39     GMOs and Eggs

32:43     How Much Is Too Much?

45:28     Wrap Up

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Episode 0031- Food Wonk

A wonk is someone who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy. Ergo, a word you’d expect a wonk to use, a food wonk is someone with an excessive interest in minor details of food policy and its politics. Longtime listeners of The Foodcast may think this is an apt description of someone associated with this show (i.e., the host).

We touch on this subject all the time but this time we go deep. We start off with a rant about the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We talk about the process, its problems and how it affects you.

Next, we discuss my attendance at a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in which every special interest imaginable spent an entire day debating what the word “healthy” means. It makes for fascinating podcast material…to people who have nothing better to do. And since I assume you do have better things to do, I try and keep it accessible and light but c’mon. We spent an entire day debating the word healthy. What do you expect?

00:21     Introduction

02:12    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are for the Dogs

19:53     Use of the Term “Healthy” in the Labelling of Human Food Products

35:38     Wrap Up

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Episode 0030 – Save the World…With Donuts

In this episode of The Foodcast we meet Rob Krupicka, a tech entrepreneur and public servant who moved into the food service business, specifically donuts, so he could really make a difference. Rob takes us through the process of how he made this transition, how he manages risk by adding a twist to the standard donut shop model (hint: it involves cocktails), and how he designed his business from the ground up to make his community a better place.

Also, your host, Davey H, discusses the “Save the World” part of The Karma Sense Eating Plan and what intentional not-so-random acts of kindness have to do with food in the first place. All this and the usual shenanigans in this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast.

00:19     Introduction

01:02     Rant – Save the World!

09:01     Interview – Rob Krupicka

37:45     Sugar Shack Tour

40:25     Wrap Up

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Episode 0029 – Apropos of Nothing

Every once in a while The Foodcast collects random sets of listener questions that don’t relate together in a nice neat theme. They are apropos of nothing. In this episode of The Foodcast, we explore this flotsam and jetsam in the usual in-depth, educational and entertaining way.

01:14     Introduction

02:23     S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Managing Your Health

18:34     Reduce Your Food Waste

25:15     Tilapia – Should You STOP Eating It?

34:09     Cool Cooking and Nutrition Websites

38:27     Wrap Up

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Episode 0028 – Traceability

Traceability is the ability to track any food through all stages of production, processing and distribution. It sounds like something we as consumers should never care about. And indeed it is something targeted towards regulators and supply chain managers. But whenever we as consumers make a decision about what we’re going to eat, and in making that decision, we base it on any consideration other than pleasure or hedonic hunger, it’s because we believe the chosen food will satisfy some condition. And there’s no way for us to be sure that condition is met unless it’s traceable.

In this episode of the Foodcast, we explore the concept of traceability. We also meet Ed Morgan at the Hampshire Meats processing plant and learn about humane animal slaughter. Being “humane” is one thing when it’s casually stamped on a food label. It’s something else when you experience the process. This and more on episode 0028 of The Foodcast

01:15     Introduction

02:24     Rant – Traceability

13:54     Interview with Ed Morgan and Visit to Hampshire Meats

48:23     Wrap Up

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