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Very interesting book about capitalism and politics more generally. It is my daughters summer reading assignment but I read it before she could. It is worth reading for anyone interested in business ... Read full review

Fast Food Nation

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I enjoyed Eric Schlosser's book called Fast Food Nation, it touches base on the realities of fast food. I liked that he wrote not only about how unhealthy this food is for us. But he also wrote about ... Read full review

Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Review

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After reading this book it will change the way you eat FOREVER. A well detailed book backed with case studies. The scariest thing is that Schlosser actually challenged the fast food restaurants he ... Read full review

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Review

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It is good to have a book about the secrets of the Fast food industry. It certainly did change my appetite forever. Though Schlosser focuses more on McDonald's, it can show that all fast food chains can similarly do what the golden arch company does to taint its food. Read full review

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Is Old MacDonald Dead?
A Review of Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
If you eat, read this book! It will open your eyes to the realities of our modern, industrialized food culture. It is not so much a diatribe against civilization and animal cruelty as it is a spotlight, for our consideration, on the dark side of the mega-sized food industry (which is controlled and dominated by giant corporations) that dictates so many of our food choices and are.
In so many ways, we have it better now than at any time in history. There is more safe, quality food, available to more people than ever before. That is the good news. That bad news is that among those many choices (just imagine the cereal aisle) there is a tremendous amount of garbage – “food” products that damage you physiologically rather than nourish you. We are inundated with products, advertisements, mixed messages about what is “healthy” and what a good food choice is.
Fast Food Nation provides a series of vignettes, that when put together, paint a clear picture of our current food system. Most of us still have an image of a picturesque, rural setting – a barn, some cows, a tractor and a farmer – as the source of our food. The truth is, that most of our “food” is produced in a manner that is little different from how our shoes, clothes, cars and other “stuff” is produced. This essential element of life has become a commodity like any other – subject to the same economic laws as any other product – make it cheaper, sell more of it, grow your market, shrink your clients market share, increase profits, influence decisions through marketing, advertising and emotional manipulation. Think Ronald McDonald, Tony the Tiger or Toucan Sam – gimmicks to make you buy, to confuse and cloud your judgment – to make your decision emotional.
A rule to live by in, to quote Jack Lalanne: “If Man Made It, Don’t Eat It!” Anything produced by a fast food or chain restaurant, nearly everything that comes in a box or a package (think about the center aisles of the supermarket) is processed and manufactured in a factory. Efficiencies of production demand that in be packaged and processed centrally, filled with preservatives to ensure “freshness” then shipped around the country/world.
Read the nutrition information – can you identify more that a few ingredients on the list? My rule is, if it has more than five ingredients, I don’t eat it. If is has something in it that I cannot pronounce – I do not eat it. Most of the smells, flavors, texture and color in this “food” has nothing to do with the “real” ingredients that are included. The most interesting section of the book was the entire industry that has grown around produces additives to enhance these elements – they add chemicals to alter the “food” – which enhances the flavor and in many cases creates a physiological effect when eaten. Scary!
Eating healthy is not complicated. Mostly it involves not listening to the corporations who process and produce food products. Food products are not food. Food is food. If man made it, don’t eat it!
Peace & God Bless!
PS. There are a lot of great resources available on this topic. For further information, check out: Food, Inc., Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Super Size Me and King Corn.

Review: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

User Review  - Andrew Breslin - Goodreads

Of all the books that made me physically ill to read and filled me with a sense of utter and complete hopelessness, exacerbating my cynicism, despair, and suicidal tendencies, this was among the very ... Read full review

Review: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

User Review  - Judy Vasseur - Goodreads

This book is making me hungry. Determined not to let an imposing wall of acronyms block my progress, I forged on, ignoring my growling stomach, (which stopped growling when I read There's shit in the ... Read full review

Review: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

User Review  - Katrin - Goodreads

Oh my GOD. You will never eat fast food again (or any processed food for tht matter). It is incredulous what food comapanies are getting away with - what they allow to get into the food they rpocess ... Read full review

Review: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

User Review  - Danine - Goodreads

I grew up in Greeley, CO. It was interesting to read about how your hometown is a home base for slaughterhouses. At night the entire town smells bad. I could relate to this book because I lived in ... Read full review

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