A story and photo caption about Vani Hari, who blogs as the Food Babe at foodbabe.com, published on Sunday’s front page, said that the first version of Hari’s website included a photo of herself doing a yoga pose in a bikini. She actually used cartoons when she started foodbabe.com. The photo was used on her Facebook page and, later, on her website.
The story said that Hari says all of her research is her own; Hari said she does use information from other resources, including science journals and other websites.
The story also quoted Hari saying that the name of the blog came in part from her husband’s suggestion that she was “a babe.” Hari says the quote in that story is incorrect. She said her husband did suggest foodbabe.com for her site after saying another proposed name was too long not, as the story said, because no one would click on the other proposed name.
The story also said that Hari did not disclose on her website that she was paid by Chick-fil-A as a consultant on their ingredients after criticizing their recipes as unhealthy. Her Chick-fil-A blog posts do not disclose she was paid. However, she did post a video from a television interview in which she said she had been hired by the company.
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