Real Food, Fake Food, and Everything in Between: The Only Consumer's Guide to Modern Food

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9780025484207: Real Food, Fake Food, and Everything in Between: The Only Consumer's Guide to Modern Food
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Looks at modern processed foods, discusses additives, convenience foods, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colorings, salt, sugar, fiber, irradiated foods, and fats, and explains the governments regulatory role

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Harrington (The Medicare Answer Book, etc.) warns readers away from packaged, processed and fortified foods, and discusses such topics as artificial sweeteners, irradiated foods, fats, salt, package labeling and the role of government in regulating the food marketplace. Unfortunately, she has an ax to grind, and the work suffers for it. Quick Quaker Oats, a brand of oatmeal, is extolled as "a cancer-preventing hot cereal." Harrington oversimplifies, distilling the risk-benefit ratio of food coloring to "cancer versus green-colored mint jelly." Innuendo is evident as she implies that to enjoy restaurant food one must be innocent of what goes into it. There are also inconsistencies: Harrington condemns bacon as a processed meat high in fat and sodium but also offers a cooking technique that eliminates fat from that "breakfast treat." There is useful information in this volume, but only the most dedicated reader will want to exert the effort required to weed it out from the opinions. Prevention Book Club selection.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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If a mugger stole $50 from you, then gave you back a dollar, would you shout, "I've been enriched!"? According to Harrington, the American food buyer is being mugged by manufacturers who process out most food value. This we've heard before, but she also questions some current beliefs about "good" foods, such as wheat bran and polyunsaturated fats. Unlike some dietary doom-criers, she quotes a variety of scientific studies, including some that conflict with one another. The documentation is a bit uneven, and some statements should, perhaps, be taken with a grain of salt substitute. Still, this is a needed look at a vital subject. Most libraries will want to purchase. Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty . P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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