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Fast Food Vindication Paperback – October 4, 2012
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because I knew I didn't eat fast food often enough for that to be the real problem. Now Dr. Johansen's book comes along to debunk the whole theory. Along with pointing out some of the usually overlooked real benefits provided to society by fast food companies like good career and advancement opportunities (Seriously), a diverse workforce (and a diverse management), support for a number of charities, etc. (One benefit I know that she missed was the fast food industry's contribution to food safety overseas because they take their fanatical US cleanliness standards everywhere they go.), she systematically examines the data.
As it turns out, fast food restaurants are some of the healthiest (or at least the least unhealthy) places to eat, in contrast to sit down restaurants or eating at home, and a big reason is portion size. Not that fast food restaurant portions are not too large; in too many cases they clearly are, but because fast food portions tend to be measurably smaller than those at sit down restaurants or in too many of our own homes. (One of the secrets to fast food restaurant profitability from the very beginning was strict portion control, which with portion up-sizing running rampant, means fast food portion up-sizing has lagged a bit behind everyone else.)
Of course it isn't just portion size, it is what we choose to eat, and a lot of fast food entrees are unhealthy for regular consumption (if it's fried, it's bad for you, alas), but we already knew this. The good news is that thanks to nutritional labeling laws (Dr.Read more ›
Here is a book that takes a bit of a contrary view. Those seeking a conspiracy will note that the author had worked at McDonald's for seven years (as a real estate manager) before changing careers, getting a degree in nutritional science and now works as a registered dietician. Certainly the author is swimming against the tide with a reasoned defence against the criticism that engulfs the fast food industry.
Who is right and who is wrong. Certainly there is a lot of research going against her, but you only need to read the health stories in your local newspaper and it seems that one day X is going to give you cancer and yet another day X will help you against cancer. Many people take a bit of a middle-of-the-road approach and follow the old maxim that a little in moderation will do no harm. The author does not seem to advocate particularly a pro- or anti- opinion throughout this book although to many it may be an heretical view regardless. Instead an element of personal responsibility combined with informed decisions seems to be the way forward. As the author notes, "It's important for all of us to take a good hard look at our diets. What did you eat today? Where did you eat it? Was the food nutritious or not so much? How about portion sizes and how the food was prepared? Were you on target there? These are important questions and definitely something to think about.Read more ›
Overall, the book was well-written and all sections flowed smoothly. The only thing that prevents me from giving it the full 5 stars, is that a lot of the statistics are US-based. I would have liked to international statistics or even global responses.
Would I recommend this read? Oh yes, definitely. The author has raised some excellent points that need to be heard.
Offensive content?: PG, just so the arguments in the book are understood properly.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Orangeberry Book Tours. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
I love the fact that this book actually takes the opposite view of the mass media. She has experience working for the McDonald's corporation, and she has the inside track on much of the fast food industry. Imagine a health professional actually telling you that it was all right to eat at a fast food place. In fact, you might eat healthier there than at a sit-down restaurant or even at home! I've known this for a long time, and I now have the evidence to back it up. She lays out her case very well, and she covers many different aspects of the fast food industry. Evidently, fast food is not the demon that is trying to kill Americans. The blame goes on us. What a novel idea! Imagine taking responsibility for your own actions rather than blaming it on someone else.
I am so pleased that this book is easy to read, well-organized, and simple to understand. I plan to keep this and refer to it from time to time. I know a lot of the things she spoke about, but some of her recommendations were new to me. I also love the facts she shares about the industry itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are healthy choices in all the fast food restaurants just as this book points out. I still want a burger once in a while, and thank God I still have that freedom.Published 12 months ago by Ricky
The author does an OK job of defending the fast food industry and arguing that other places we eat (sit down eateries and at home) are bigger contributors to the obesity epidemic... Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Richard P. Walczak
I know that it was supposed to be a serious book. The problem was the way the author went about trying to convince people that fast food is healthy. Here's a news flash. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Rosanita
I have to admit, I picked up Fast Food Vindication by Lisa Tillnger Johansen because of the title and a brief skim through the write up. How could you resist? Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by CarliAlice
** This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ([...])
Note: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and J. Read more
A realistic look at the chaos that has become the fight over the American diet. she reminds you of what you already know and makes observations that most wouldn't think of. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Andrea Ward
Amazing, I wonder how much she was offered to write this book. What's next? A book on why smoking isn't really all that bad?Published on March 19, 2013 by Sasa
Obesity is feared to become an epidemic. Over 50 percent of Americans eat fast food. Is fast food the culprit or a scapegoat? Can you eat healthy fast food meals? Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Joan N.