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3.0 out of 5 stars An Important Read in a Lackluster Format, June 14, 2005
This review is from: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture) (Paperback)
Here's the thing.

As one reviewer mentioned I think the bulk of negative reviewers have not actually read this book.

The author is a nuritionist, who says that despite the really basic nutritional advice of most nutritionists which has not significantly changed over the course of a half century, the public still views nutritional advice as difficult to understand.

Why?

Because the food industry makes more money when it sells more products. It has a vested interest in getting people to at least buy (if not eat) more food. Most importantly, the least healthy foods (i.e. highly processed foods) have the highest profit margins. To ensure profits, they pressure the government to avoid informing the public in an easily understandable format that they should eat less and avoid processed foods.

Is she saying this is the ONLY reason why americans are fat? No. But the fact that many, many, many americans have problems figuring out what the heck to eat is heavily due to the food lobbyists, a fact which she goes into in nauseating detail.

And therein lies the problem.

Nestle is an Academic and she writes like one. Anyone familiar with non-fiction in the style of Nickle and Dimed, Fast Food Nation, or even Island of the Colorblind will find Food Politics irritating. Not because the book is poorly written, per se, but because it's dull.

She obscures critical points between reams of facts, her narrative style plods along instead of floating or skipping, and I frequently felt like hurling the book across the room screaming get to the point already.

But I did finish the book.

Because the message is far more important then the limited medium. This book is critically important in that it hi-lights the sad reality that billions of dollars being spent vying for a place on the tip of your fork. Sadly very little of this money bears your health in mind.
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Initial post: Jul 6, 2010 9:20:48 AM PDT
Craig Holman says:
The book is dull is only a reflection of the reader. I found it interesting and gave the facts to support positions. I also read the Fast Food Nation which I found interesting and maybe a little better format for some. I appreciate the academic world of Dr. Nestle.

Posted on May 7, 2012 12:53:30 PM PDT
You are absolutely right and this is the best review of this book I have found. This book WAS TERRIBLY BORING AND THE AUTHOR DOES INDEED WRITE LIKE A LOGISTICIAN RATHER THAN A WRITER. However, the message and the information the book provides--and the reams and reams of facts and stats--are needed.
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