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The Spanish Cooking Oil Disaster

Jan. 23, 2023

The Spanish cooking oil disaster is one of the most devastating instances of mass food poisoning in history. 42 years later, innocent people still suffer from the long-term life-altering effects of Toxic Oil Syndrome. You ca…

Wendy's Chili Finger Scandal

Jan. 9, 2023

In 2005, Anna Aayala was enjoying a bowl of Wendy’s famous chili when she bit down on a human finger. The legal battle that followed exposed food tampering, fraud and attempted extortion. In this episode, we cover the Wendy’…

The Ozempic Shortage Fuelled By Weight Loss Goals

Dec. 26, 2022

There’s a new weight loss medication in town and its name is Ozempic. The catch? It’s not actually approved for weight loss. This episode discusses supply chain shortages fueled by Hollywood popularity and TikTok fame, the n…

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When Cuba Canceled Christmas

Dec. 12, 2022

In this episode, we cover the story of the real life Grinch who stole Christmas. For almost 30 years, Cuba’s former president, Fidel Castro, banned all Christmas celebrations in the country. His reasoning had everything to d…

The Dangerous World of Competitive Eating

Nov. 28, 2022

This week’s episode is all about the fascinating, mildly grotesque, and sometimes deadly world of eating competitions. You can find our sources listed on our website unsavorypod.com This is an independently produced podcast …

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The Tapeworm Diet

Nov. 14, 2022

In this episode, we cover the scandalous history of one of the oldest and more questionable weight loss methods: the tapeworm diet. We discuss the Victorian beauty standards that pushed dieters to willingly contract a parasi…

Cannibalism and The Donner Party

Oct. 31, 2022

This Halloween, we’re bringing you the ultimate food crime! Cannibalism and the Donner Party. In the spring of 1846, a group of pioneers left Missouri with hearts full of hope and ventured west along the Oregon Trail to star…

The Infant Formula Scandal

Oct. 17, 2022

In this episode, we cover the infant formula scandal that rocked the world in the 1970’s & that is often referred to as the darkest chapter in corporate history. We discuss the evolution of infant feeding - from wet nurses t…

The Bush Boys of Vernon

Oct. 3, 2022

Season 3 is officially here!!! Starting off strong with the incredible true story of two boys that crawled out of the rugged British Columbia wilderness and turned a sleepy town on its head with their tales of being raised i…

Season 2 Finale & Thank You

June 6, 2022

Season 2 is coming to an end. It's time to enjoy our summer and start preparing for an amazing third season! This is an independently produced podcast and your support means a lot to us. Please rate, review, and follow where…

Herbalife, Part 2

May 2, 2022

Part two is served. In the second half of this series, we discuss the Herbalife Nutrition Clubs, including the tactics used to recruit distributors and the class action lawsuit that followed. The story then takes an unusual …

Herbalife, Part 1

April 18, 2022

In part one of this series, we cover the origin story of Herbalife, including the man behind the brand: Mark R. Hughes. We discuss the tragic inspiration for his “health” products, the predatory tactics used for recruitment,…

Bad Vegan: The Downfall of Pure Food & Wine

March 28, 2022

A vegan business icon, an immortal (?) dog named Leon, cult-like abuse, mass amounts of unpaid wages and debts, and the hero of our story… a domino’s pizza with a side of wings. This is the story of Pure Food & Wine and its …

War Sanctions, Holodomor & The Invasion of Ukraine

March 7, 2022

How do you starve a nation that can feed the world? In this episode, Sarah discusses the effectiveness of sanctions during war and the disastrous impacts they can have on food systems. Becca then covers one of the darkest pa…

The Discovery of Vitamins & the History of Scurvy

Feb. 21, 2022

Take everything you think you know about Scurvy and be prepared to have your mind blown! This episode starts with Becca sharing all about the discovery of vitamins, specifically, Vitamin C and some of its unique properties. …

Prison Food & the Alabama Inmate Food Fund Scandal

Jan. 24, 2022

Are inmate food conditions criminal? You be the judge. In this episode, we discuss the history of prison food - from lobster to Nutraloaf. We then cover the disturbing story of the Alabamian law that allowed sheriffs to keep…

New Year's Resolutions and the F-Factor Diet Scandal

Jan. 3, 2022

Welcome to our first episode of 2022! Becca starts by sharing all about how diet culture and new year's resolutions are the opposite of a match made in heaven. Then Sarah tells the *alleged* story of a wellness war that rock…

Christmas Food Traditions & The Carcinogenic Cranberry Scare

Dec. 20, 2021

This episode is the epitome of bittersweet… We discuss the origins of everyone’s favourite holiday food traditions, including Christmas cookies, advent calendars, and the one and only - cranberry sauce! We then cover the his…

pH Balance and Robert O. Young's pH "Miracle"

Dec. 6, 2021

This episode is anything but basic! Learn about how our amazing bodies are constantly working to maintain a tight pH balance (no alkaline diet required). Then hear the story of a convicted medical fraudster who made tons of …

Weight Stigma & The Weigh Down Diet

Nov. 22, 2021

In this episode, Sarah discusses the complexities of weight stigma and the impact weight bias has on our healthcare system. Becca then tells the story of a registered dietitian (!!!) who becomes the leader of a religious wei…

Mad Cow Disease & Oprah Winfrey's Texas Beef

Oct. 25, 2021

In the moooooooo -d for a good story? This week, Becca tells all about the disease that almost put the world off of burgers, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy aka. Mad Cow Disease . Then Sarah shares the story about the time …

Germ Theory & Typhoid Mary

Oct. 11, 2021

In this episode, Sarah discusses the evolution of food safety, including the development of Germ Theory and the pasteurization process. Becca then breaks down the epidemiology of typhoid fever and its lethal impact during wa…

Energy Needs and the Cult of Breatharianism

Sept. 27, 2021

In this episode, Becca talks about all the reasons we need food and breaks down some of the ways we measure energy needs. Then Sarah shares what she’s learned about the Breatharian lifestyle (cult*) and discusses some of the…

Digestion, Forensic Science, & The Hendricks Murder

Sept. 13, 2021

In our season premiere Sarah breaks down the digestive system. Becca then discusses the history of forensic science, including the role of the coroner, medical examiner, and forensic pathologist, and who is allowed to perfor…