FFF 096: Why Netflix & Bad Science Harms The Vegan Movement – with Laura Thomas PhD


In this episode, we speak to Laura Thomas who loves to call BS when she sees nutrition misinformation being spread!

Laura Thomas PhD

Laura Thomas did her undergrad nutrition degree in Health Sciences at the University of Aberdeen before heading across the pond to do her PhD in Nutrition at Texas A&M University. On a personal note, Laura became a vegetarian at 10 years old and later a vegan when she was a student. However, she bases her own nutrition approach on ethics and evidence, not fear-mongering and pseudoscience.

We dedicate a huge section of this podcast to discussing many of the myths that surround the vegan diet. Laura gives us an incredibly honest review and evidence-based of the controversial Netflix film, “What the Health”. In our discussion, she exposes how the filmmakers used some dodgey science and cherry-picked data to support some of their outrageous claims.

We also touch upon what it means to eat intuitively and what’s right for your body, rather than banning foods and trying a one size fits all FAD diet.

  • Common reasons people get mislead when it comes to health and eating including the craving for quick fixes.
  • Busting the myth that vegetarianism is just about eating bird food and salad all day.
  • Our relationship with food and preconceived ideas of a perfect diet.
  • Does processed red meat cause cancer? Analyzing data as presented in What the Health movie.
Quotes & Take-Aways

If you want to have a hotdog now and then, it’s not going to kill you, it’s just not!”

“I get really upset with anyone that vilifies a single food, because there’s no single food that is inherently healthy or unhealthy”

“Nutrition isn’t all or nothing, it’s not black and white”.

“The people that are doing cool things within the vegan community, without ramming it down your throat, at least to me makes a big difference”

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Scott Baptie

Scott is the owner and founder of Food For Fitness. He is a fat loss coach, speaker and fitness writer with a masters (MSc) degree in Applied Sports Nutrition.