Podcast Episode 119: Food, Pseudoscience & Science Moms – Kavin Senapathy

May 1, 2019

Always try to avoid intellectual shortcuts, like food mantras, when it comes to making decisions about food.”

The Demarcation of Food Pseudoscience vs. Science

“Pseudoscience can be a powerful weapon in the hands of those who know how to exploit it, primarily because it can sound so credible (and because the demarcation between pseudoscience and science isn’t as black and white as some would like to believe). That’s especially true for food, and unfortunately, it’s not always as clear-cut as separating ‘science’ from ‘pseudoscience,’” Senapathy explained, “Take, for example, the concept of ‘clean’ eating. It doesn’t really mean a whole lot — the FDA only talks about ‘clean’ with regard to sanitation and food safety, and neither the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics nor the Dietary Guidelines for Americans define ‘clean’ eating.” – excerpt from Scott Douglas Jacobsen, The Good Men Project

Kavin Senapathy

Anyone can learn how to spot pseudoscience, but sifting through information and separating the credible wheat from the questionable chaff can be time consuming – which is why I review piles of scientific literature, speak with experts, and do a lot of the legwork in the hopes that I’m helping people with questions find credible answers.”

Kavin SenapathyKavin Senapathy is a writer and public speaker covering science, health, parenting and the intersection of these topics. Her work appears in outlets including Forbes, SELF Magazine, SciShow, and more. She’s also the co-founder of SciMoms, whose goal is to advocate for science and evidence-based parenting, and the co-host for the Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast.

Unfortunately, we can’t always tackle complex problems with simple or specific tips. I encourage people to dig deeper to find not only the source of the information, but also the source of their question or concern. I believe this helps people come to their own conclusions.”

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New Partnership!

American Association of Diabetes Educators

Sound Bites is partnering with the American Association of Diabetes Educators! Stay tuned for updates on the podcast, blog and newsletter!

  • AADE19 is August 9-12 in Houston, Texas – register here!
  • Check out the FREE resources available for healthcare professionals and for people with diabetes including Spanish language resources.
  • Ramadan and Diabetes – tip sheets for educators and PWD on fasting during Ramadan (which starts on May 5 and runs through June 4).
  • GLP-1 medications – a new section on the website with a fun animated video and tip sheets. They cover the importance of GLP-1s and how they can help PWD better manage hyperglycemic events. The American Diabetes Association recently recommended GLP-1 medications as a first line of treatment before insulin.
  • Community Health Workers’ Role in DSMES and Prediabetes – a new practice paper focusing on the importance of CHWs in community engagement, extended program reach and culturally appropriate, individualized support and care, as well as how diabetes educators can incorporate CHWs into their program and practice.

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