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Impression of Pandora's Lunchbox
on April 30, 2013
I was a bit disappointed that the references weren't more direct. There were "notes" to back up the text, but not direct quotes of sources. I am used to an APA format when an author quotes someone and it is annotated in a reference section. It was not as professionally referenced as I would have liked. Not to say that Ms. Warner did not have important things to say. The book has made me think twice about eating foods that are processed. I ate a small turkey and cheese sandwhich from a SA gas station "Super Mom's recipe", recently and saved the ingredient label: Turkey breast meat, turkey broth, contains 2% or less of: sodium lactate, corn syrup solids, lite salt (potassium chloride, socium choride), modified food starch, sugar, sodium phosphate, salt, flavoring). Wheat bun (enriched wheat flour, bleached (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine monoitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, malted barely flour, potassium bromate), water, wheat flour, sugar, yeast , partially hydrogenated soybean & cottonseed oils, contains less than 2% of: salt, monfat dry milk, corn starch, wheat flour, soybean & corn oil, dry whey, whole eggs, distilled monoglycerides, spice & coloring (annatto & tumeric), wheat starch, potato flour, dextrose, soy flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda), natural and articifical flavors, dough conditioners (ascorbic acid, datem, L-Cystene, azodicarbonamide), whole eggs solids, mono- &diglycerides, beta carotene as color, sodium stearoly lactylate, tricalcium phosphate, calcium propinate & potassium sorbate (preservatives), yeast nutrients [calcium sulfate, ammonium chloride, potassium bromate], enzymes, alpha tocopherols as preservative), Pasterized process American cheese (cultured milk & skim milk, water, cream, sodium citrate, salt, artificial color (if colored), citric acid, sorbic acid (preservative), sodium phosphate, enzymes, soy lecithin (non-sticking agent).
Maybe the saving grace is the small quanities of these chemicals and ingredients. It's ironic that on its packaging it says "Goodness guaranteed".