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In Defense of Processed Food

It’s Not Nearly as Bad as You Think

Authors: Shewfelt, Robert L

  • This book presents a more nuanced view of the benefits and limitations of food processing, often blamed for the American obesity epidemic and many other health-related problems
  • The author exposes some of the tricks both Big Food and its critics use to manipulate the public to adopt their point of view
  • By devoting time to examining both the sophisticated marketing tools of Big Food and the ideological appeals and gut feelings of self-appointed food gurus who have little or no background in nutrition, the book encourages readers to make informed food choices based on credible information
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About this book

It has become popular to blame the American obesity epidemic and many other health-related problems on processed food. Many of these criticisms are valid for some processed-food items, but many statements are overgeneralizations that unfairly target a wide range products that contribute to our health and well-being. In addition, many of the proposed dangers allegedly posed by eating processed food are exaggerations based on highly selective views of experimental studies. We crave simple answers to our questions about food, but the science behind the proclamations of food pundits is not nearly as clear as they would have you believe. This book presents a more nuanced view of the benefits and limitations of food processing and exposes some of the tricks both Big Food and its critics use to manipulate us to adopt their point of view. Food is a source of enjoyment, a part of our cultural heritage, a vital ingredient in maintaining health, and an expression of personal choice. We need to make those choices based on credible information and not be beguiled by the sophisticated marketing tools of Big Food nor the ideological appeals and gut feelings of self-appointed food gurus who have little or no background in nutrition.

Reviews

“According to this thought-provoking book, the goals of food processing are to extend products’ shelf life, thereby preventing incidences of food poisoning … and also to help decrease the enormous amount of food wasted due to spoilage. … The work contains extensive notes that are organized by page number, and a helpful topical index. Summing Up: Recommended.” (A. P. Boyar, Choice, Vol. 55 (2), October, 2017)

“Robert (Rob) Shewfelt … draws on a wealth of knowledge, resources, and insights ‘to counter the idea that processed foods are a hazard to our health and responsible for most of the problems associated with the American diet.’ … He shares in plain language an extensive knowledge of foods, food science, and the food system, as well as some interesting personal and career anecdotes. I believe the book will indeed inform and aid further conversation about our food supply.” (Rosetta Newsome, foodtechnology, April, 2017)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Why Is America So Fat?

    Shewfelt, Robert L.

    Pages 1-15

  • Why Does Processed Food Have Such a Bad Reputation?

    Shewfelt, Robert L.

    Pages 17-34

  • Why Can’t We Find More Locally Produced and Fresher Food in Our Supermarkets and Restaurants?

    Shewfelt, Robert L.

    Pages 35-51

  • How Widespread Is Food Addiction in Our Culture?

    Shewfelt, Robert L.

    Pages 53-67

  • Why Are There So Many Chemicals in Our Food?

    Shewfelt, Robert L.

    Pages 69-87

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45394-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45392-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In Defense of Processed Food
Book Subtitle
It’s Not Nearly as Bad as You Think
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45394-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45394-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-45392-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 273
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
Topics