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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
Think Before You Chew
Eric Schlosser believes that when it comes to fast-food, there is a simple answer, "the companies that sell fast food don't want you to think about it. They don't want to know where it comes from or how it's made. They just want you to buy it" (3). His purpose for writing this book is to have open and honest documentation of the where's, how's and when's of fast food so that younger consumers (Chew on This is geared toward a younger audience whereas Fast Food Nation toward adults) can make educated food choices and know exactly what they are putting in their bodies. The answers aren't pretty, but they are painstakingly researched and written in an interesting, "gross-young-readers-out" style that will leave you wishing this book were in the fiction section.
"Ewww don't tell me, I don't want to know!" so says most fast food eaters when Chew on This or Fast Food Nation is mentioned. But, how many of those "not-want-to-knowers" would say those same words when a doctor was getting ready to explain what he was injecting into them or their child? Americans expect, and even demand, to be informed about almost every aspect of their lives from the new government health care proposal to every minuscule mineral in their child's Fred Flintstone Vitamin. Parents have the ability to keep in contact with their teenager at any given time via texting, calling, skyping, emailing, facebooking, myspacing, chatting, etc.-they even have the ability to trace the exact location of their child through a mobile GPS device. However, if the quadrants showed their teenager pulling into the local McDonald's, they would be oblivious to real physical safety of their equally unaware, still-growing and developing child. Chew on This will open your eyes and close your mouth to your daily fast food fix. Even though you might not want to know, the truth is that you need to know. Then, like in all other aspects of our lives, make an informed decision about eating that next box of "chicken" McNuggets or feeding them morsel by greasy, edible pasted, fried, frozen, reheated, hormoned, morsel to your child while she distractedly walks her latest Disney figurine across the porous playground table top.
posted by MsMillion on April 9, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
Seriously? Oh yeah, only fast food chains do these sorts of thin
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Posted May 18, 2013
Posted April 7, 2013
It just keeps dragging on and on
It gets so boring
I had to read it for school and i seriously had to force myself to read it. I do not reccommend it at all.
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Posted April 26, 2010
This book is great!
Ever wanted to know what really goes on with your fast food? If so, jump right on in Chew on This. There are so many fantastic and interesting facts in the book, starting with some interesting ones on the first page. Like, for instance, did you know that every 1 in 3 toy given to a child everyday is from a kids meal? This book gives you an inside look on where your food is and how it's treated before you bite in. But, it's not all bad news that makes you want to run away from fast food resteraunts, there's also the history of the hamburger and of many fast food joints you know and love today. This book is one everyone who likes a good read and a good meal should read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2009
This book shares everything you should know about fast food and how it affects your body.
When you walk into a fast food restaurant you're probably thinking about what to order. What's the best thing on the menu? Something that most people don't stop and think about is where the meat and other products come from. Or how many calories are in a cheeseburger and fries. In Chew On This, by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson, you will learn everything you need to know about fast food restaurants.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Chew On This brings you a behind-the-scene look of fast food restaurants and the lives of the cows that they cook. It will teach you who and how the first cheeseburger was invented.
As the chapters go on you will learn the way the burgers and greasy food affects the body and how it may cause serious health issues. Schlosser and Wilson did their research well, and reading this book will make you think twice before stepping into a fast food restaurant.
I really enjoyed this informational book about fast food. There is so much that the average person can learn from this book. The authors even use real life stories about people that developed health problems, and how they are trying to recover. After reading this book you will walk away with a different perspective on fast food, and i strongly recommend it.
Posted October 17, 2009
this is a great book!
I am 12 years old, and I recently read this book. It tells you so much about the importance of a healthy diet, and why fast food is so awful! It prompted me to think about what some kids at my middle school are really eating when the buy lunch at school. i don't eat school lunch, but my friend does. It consists of tater-tots, a hamburger, and sometimes a pizza. I think this book should be required reading for all children. I really, really, really encourage you to buy this book. Trust me-you'll be glad you did when you see all the ways you could greatly improve you diet!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2009
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Best book ever
Gross, disgusting, and stinking. All through Chew On This these three words come to mind. That is until you find the drink section.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Would you like a burger or maybe a soda? Both of these things are not what you think that they are. When you read Chew On This, you will find out why.
Would you like to learn what medical conditions too much fast food can cause? Or maybe who invented the hamburger or why the hamburger was invented? All the answers can be found in the book.
Probably when you are done with this book you will want to be a vegetarian or a vegan! Young readers will not be disappointed by Eric Schlosser's new book Chew on this, it is as good as some of his other good books.
Chew On This will make you think how the fast food chains get away with all these gross things.
Gross disgusting, and bad for you. Maybe look between the sesame buns next time you eat a hamburger.
Posted January 26, 2009
Great for all ages
i totally recomand Chew On This for all ages. it is an awesome book! i got it for Christmas and i started reading it, now i take it with me everyday when i go to school!!! Now i tell all my friends and family to read it, and tell them how bad fast food really is. This book is very educational for people who love nonfiction books. I recomand this book for anyone who loves fast food, it will show them what it will do to them and what they do to their animals!!! :(Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2008
chew on this
chew on this was a great book were i picked up a lot of useful information from. it taught me a little about the wasy that these big time ccorprations work, like where thay open up new stores, how they cut costs on their products, like when they make unsanitatry living conditions for these terminal animals. what they also do is make reeally low wages for these workers or employees, well thats just a little of what i picked up while reading chew on this, agreat book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2008
Chew on This
Chew on This was a great book. I learned so much about the food that I was choosing to eat. I definitly don't eat as much McDonalds compared to what I use to. The book was very enlightening to the effects that the fast-food industry has on the U.S. as well as other countries. I definitly think twice about what I eat now. I was fascinated by all the meat and animal horror stories and about how much I really didn't know about the food that I was eating. I would definitly recommend this book to a friend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2008
Sick To Their Stomachs
Chew On This by Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson explains how fast food is made, what¿s in it, and its effect on us and our environment. It helps tell us kids about what we are eating and how unhealthy it is for us. It also tells how the fast food companies market their products to get you to buy them. This book contains the whole history of fast food and how it has changed over the last 50 years. It describes how these companies affect the working and living conditions of people and animals. How unhealthy and gross is fast food really? Once you read this book you might want to eat somewhere else. I definitely would recommend this book to all kids, ages 10-14, so they know what they are eating. When kids find out that they are eating artificial flavors and colors made from harmful chemicals and bugs, they will be sick to their stomachs. They will also realize that fast-food is loaded with fat, sugar, and salt. Eating foods with these ingredients can cause many different health problems and is also causing overweight and obese children. I don¿t think fast food companies care about you. I think they only care about your money. This is a great book. Joey S. Grade 6. Ms. KawatachiWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2008
The book Chew On This, by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson, was about what fast food restarants do to their food, what they put in it, and how it is made. It is also about the start of fast food. The authors do a pretty good job of engaging the reader because they find tons of digusting, mesmerizing, facts about fast food and fast food restarants and interwind them with the base of the story to create a really intresting book. Something I like about the book is the fact that the authors found the truths about the food that most of us eat on a daily basis. A question I have about the book is that if the fast food restarants are so powerful and have a lot of money, why don't they just pay the people who know about this to keep quiet? (not that I mind ) The people who I think would like this book would be vegeterians, ranchers, and people who enjoy fast food. These people might benifet from reading this book because then they could see what ff restarants do and also what [not vegetarians] are eating.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2008
Chew On This is about exploiting all of the things you thought you knew about fast food. There are really no main characters in the book because it talks about different things through the book. Another problem that Dr. Allgair finds in Yupik villages is called ¿baby bottle syndrome.¿ When mothers put soda or other sugary drinks in baby bottles, their children often fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth, creating a breeding ground for tooth decay. Baby bottle syndrome often causes the upper teeth to rot away into black nubs. This is a great book because it tells you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The only reason I wouldn¿t like the book is that it discouraged me from eating fast-food. This book is great for everyone older that 12 to read because anyone less that that would either not understand it or would get scared of ever eating fast food again. Additional information Title: Chew On This Name of author: Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson Name of publisher: Houghton Mifflin Number of pages: 264 Genre: nonfictionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2008
Reading this book was truly a positive experience for me because I had always heard about how bad the fast food industries have become and now I know for myself. I can honestly say I have not eaten, and don't plan on eating fast food anymore when I can help it since the moment I started reading this book. The authors of this book were able to hold my interest throughout the book very well because of the way the authors organized the factual information. It wasn't just a long monotonous boring list of bad facts about the fast food restaurants, but actually a story being told aobut where they all started, what they have become, what happens in the factories, how the food is made, and what the 'innocent' food does to hurt your body. This book also kept me reading because of how shocking it all was. I never knew how these restaurants could be changing our nation for the worse, and how the citizens of the United States and all over the world don't even realize what they are contributing to. For this book, I don't think I would change one thing about it. I havn't read any other books on this topic before, but ever since my language arts teacher assigned this book to me, it's really changed the way I see fast food restaurants now. I recently drove by a Mcdonalds restaurant and saw the big gold arches that had a sign on it saying-famous hamburgers. Billions sold everyday. I thought to myself about how all of the people around the world who were giving their money to these restaurants at that exact moment and don't even realize how they could be damaging their bodies and their nation. I also liked the back of the book and how it had topic discussions for groups to read the book together, urging people to spread the word of the book and really discuss the problems together. I believe that if enough people read it and wanted to make a difference, we could be able to do so. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, family, or anyone for that matter. This could really teach people and help make things better. I think people would be shocked to find out this information so I definitely think it would be good for whoever is reading this book review at the moment to actually read it and spread the word, to really make a difference.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2007
Fast Food Can You Stand It!
Is fast food bad? After reading the book Chew On This you would never ask that question again. The book Chew On This is based on a variety of concerns people have for fast food restaurants as well as some fast food historical moments. The book explains how the burger was created as well as who the owners of McDonalds were. Aside from these cool interesting facts there is the gross factor. The book details the diseases of the mouth and stomach fast food can cause and how the operations to fix them can be dangerous. The book also explains how the food is made and the inconsideration the fast food companies have for people¿s traditions of religion. I definitely recommend this book because it was phenomenal and is enjoyable. As I was reading this book I found it was like eating a burger, it was so gross yet I could not stop reading for it was so addicting. This book takes you with it as if you were on a tour at a factory. It shows you the pictures and clearly describes the unknown details. The book talks about the corporations involved with fast food, such as the frozen french-fry industry. This book evaluates service like a critic and gives clear examples how. One way it is like a critic is that they are pointing out the health concerns. Another is that they compare the fast food restaurants to each other. The book also has qualities such as interesting facts, like the longer you have been eating that tastes bad the less you notice. The book uses an example of two babies one who has had a disgusting formula since it was very little and one baby who is just trying it. The baby who has had it longer does not notice the bad taste. This book has many other interesting facts and qualities that can help people with their knowledge of what is good and bad for them. This book is fantastic and the quicker it is read the faster we get rid of fast food.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2007
Posted June 28, 2007
Awesome Book for Teens
This book really changed my life. I used to eat fast food a lot but when ive read this book i promised myself that i will never eat in a fast food restaurant ever again. It really gives you an excellent insite on everything fast food. I highly recomend this book to teens.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2007
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Posted November 21, 2006
Fast Food Beware‼
In Chew On This, Eric Schlosser gives a vivid detail of how fast food is made. Most certainly, a child should read this to prevent them from going to any fast food chains in the future. Because of how brutally the chickens are killed, I've become a minor vegetarian.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2006
I love this book. You really learn what is in those yummy fries! And for vegetarians you may be in for a surprise when you read how your strawberry milkshake get's it's color.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.