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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Really answers the question: "What To Eat?"

    The book targets the mostly consumed foods in the United States and tells the end consumers if they are heading in the right direction. It highlights the role of politics in the food industry and continuously reminds us that the end goal of any entity selling food is to sell more and gain profit. It takes into consideration the different backgrounds of the people that are going to read the book and gives recommendations based on health, price, economy and environment.

    Here is a quick highlight of the type of questions the book answers:

    Topic: Organic Fruits and Vegetables.
    Answer: Fruits and vegetables labeled "organic" are truly organic. So if you want to eat healthier and willing to pay the price, get organic. Also, take into consideration where the food is grown. If grown locally, it's certainly more fresh. Here is a very clear answer from the book on what's recommended: "(1) organic and locally grown, (2) organic, (3) conventional and locally grown, (4) conventional."

    Topic: Milk
    Answer: "You don't have to drink milk to be healthy, but if you like drinking it, you can do so and also stay healthy". Milk contains proteins and calcium, but it also contains lactose, fat and hormones\antibodies. Best choice to make is get fat-free, lactose-free organic milk.

    Topic: Cheese, Butter, Yogurt
    Answer: Try to avoid cheese and butter as they contain a lot of fat. Plain fat-free yogurt is great. Add your own fresh fruits and avoid the "yucky stuff" that comes in most supermarket yogurts.

    Topic: Margarine Vs. Butter
    Answer: Margarine is just soybean oil and other "chemicals". Overall, there isn't really more benefit than butter.

    Topic: Meat
    Answer: 1. Certified Organic because the rules make sense and production is monitored by regular inspections that holds growers accountable for their practices 2. "Natural" when it is near organic, meaning "no antibiotics, no hormones, no animal by-products, humanely treated, and grass fed" 3. All other kinds

    Topic: Fish
    Answer: Methylmercury in fish is scary (caused by pollution), but Omega-3 and proteins are great. Avoid eating much of the fish that are highest in methylmercury - especially shark, swordfish, and tuna. Never eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish. Eat Albacore Tuna once a week and other fish twice a week (including the albacore tuna).

    The major lesson to take from this book and almost any other decent book: Drink a lot of water, over-eat vegetables and fruits, and keep the variety flowing with other foods while focusing on more proteins\fibers and less fats\sugars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2006

    Detail Detail Detail..meticulous!

    This fabulously detailed and researched book is a must for everyone who wants to detangle the truths behind what we put into our mouths. This book is very interesting and absorbing despite its depth and detail. Marion does have her biases and she is clear where she stands but she presents her information with a straight forward style that is bound to impress no matter which side of the 'aisle' you are on. A fabulous choice and creative gift for moms, students, newly weds anyone who is befuddled by the enormous flood of information and misinformation presented by the food industry that serves to 'guide' us in our food choices. After completing this book, I feel that I'm in charge of my food selections and so much better for it. This book belongs in every school library. Marion presents her information in a way that makes you feel that you are walking along with her as she moves deliberately through the typical grocery store, area-by-area, aisle by aisle. She takes on all types of food products and foodsources while she demystifies the messages created by the food suppliers, the grocery marketing lobbies, the government, advertising agencies, and presents every thing in a simple readable style. I want to thank Marion because she has made my food selections and shopping experiences more informed and to my immense benefit. Bravo!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Great Book! Helps to Teach you What to Buy/Eat!

    I had just watched Food Inc the movie and wanted to learn more about organic foods. So I bought this book and I found it very easy to follow. The chapters were broken out by common isles in the grocery store and re-teaches you how to look at these items. I felt really overwhelmed about what could I buy and what could I eat when first trying to eat organic (or just to eat better for you foods) and this book really helped me to make better informed food choices. I had also bought two other books at the same time. All were good...but if you can only buy one book it should be this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Great Information

    This book is packed with great information... I am going to school to be a health teacher, and a professor suggested this book as reading for fun, and I read it, and loved it. Some of the information is a little boring, if you are not interested in in depth explanations then this is not the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Very informative

    I learned a lot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    A great introduction and guide to making more informed choices.

    A great introduction and guide to making more informed choices. As somewhat of a newbie in the kitchen and therefore the grocery store I was oft overwhelmed by the amount of decisions to be made when at the grocery. This book provides all the information you could ever need to be a more conscientious consumer while being entertaining and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    A must read

    If you eat, you should get this book. Easy to read, informative, accessible. One of the best food books of 2006.

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