Interview with Science Babe who took down Food Babe

| | April 13, 2015
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Earlier this month, you probably would’t have heard of Yvette d’Entremont, aka Science Babe. But after posting a Gawker article attacking blogger darling Vani Hari titled “The ‘Food Babe’ Blogger Is Full of Shit,” the Internet went into a frenzy; thus far, the post has gotten more than 4.4 million reads. Within hours of going live, her website had been crippled by the massive influx of traffic. By the next day, the death threats from started rolling in from Food Babe’s devotees.

So where did all of this start? D’Entremont caught wind of Vani Hari’s campaign against the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, in which she claimed the beverage contained a “toxic” dose of sugar. That felt like a personal attack for d’Entremont, who was born in Newburyport and attended Emmanuel College. “Don’t fuck with a Bostonian’s Pumpkin-Spice Anything,” she wrote on Gawker. (She may have moved to the West Coast two years ago, but her loyalty runs deep: d’Entremont has a Red Sox tattoo, and told me she considers herself “a bit of a diehard.”) And so she decided to put her degrees in chemistry and forensic science—as well as her work analyzing pesticides for safety—to good use and launched the Science Babe blog.

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Considering the fact that consumers are constantly being hit with mixed messages about nutrition, I was curious about d’Entremont’s thoughts on other current trends and attitudes regarding what we should and shouldn’t eat. The following is our Q&A over email.

Read full original article: 10 Questions With Science Babe, the Blogger Who Took Down Food Babe

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