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Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know about Fast Food

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Pull open the glass door and feel the rush of cool air. Step inside. Look at the backlit color pictures of food above the counter, look at the cardboard ads for the latest Disney movie, get in line, and place your order. Hand over some money. Put the change back in your pocket. Watch teenagers in blue-and- gold uniforms busy working in the kitchen. Moments later, grab the plastic tray with your food, find an empty table, and sit down. Unwrap the burger, squirt ketchup on the fries, stick the plastic straw through the hole in the lid of your drink. Pick up the burger and dig in.

The whole experience of eating at a fast-food restaurant has become so familiar, so routine, that we take it for granted. It has become just another habit, like brushing your teeth before bed. We do it without even thinking about it—and thats the problem.

Every day about one out of fourteen Americans eats at a McDonalds. Every month about nine out of ten American children visit one. McDonalds has become the most popular fast-food chain in the world—and by far the most powerful. In 1968 there were about 1,000 McDonalds restaurants, all of them in the United States. Now there are more than 31,000 McDonalds, selling Happy Meals in 120 countries, from Istanbul, Turkey, to Papeete, Tahiti. In the United States, McDonalds buys more processed beef, chicken, pork, apples, and potatoes than any other company. It spends more money on advertising and marketing than any other company that sells food. As a result, it is Americas most famous food brand. The impact of McDonalds on the way we live today is truly mind-boggling. The Golden Arches are now more widely recognized than the Christian cross.

Despite McDonalds fame and all the money it spends on advertising, every day the vast majority of its customers dont plan to eat there. Most fast-food visits are impulsive. The decision to buy fast food is usually made at the last minute, without much thought. People generally dont leave the house in the morning saying, “Im going to make sure to eat some fast food today.” Most of the time, theyre just walking down the sidewalk or driving down the road, not thinking about anything in particular. Maybe theyre hungry; maybe theyre not. Maybe theyre in a hurry and dont have time to cook. And then they see a great big fast-food sign—the Golden Arches, the red-and-blue of a Dominos pizza box, the picture of Colonel Sanders—and they suddenly think, “Hey, I want some of that.” So they stop to eat fast food. They do it because they feel like it. They just cant resist the impulse.

The point of this book is to take that strong impulse we all feel— our hunger for sweet, salty, fatty fast foods—and make you think about it. Chew On This will tell you where fast food comes from, who makes it, whats in it, and what happens when you eat it. This is a book about fast food and the world it has made.

Food is one of the most important things youll ever buy. And yet most people never bother to think about their food and where it comes from. People spend a lot more time worrying about what kind of blue jeans to wear, what kind of video games to play, what kind of computers to buy. They compare the different models and styles, they talk to friends about the various options, they read as much as they can before making a choice. But those purchases dont really matter. When you get tired of old blue jeans, video games, and computers, you can just give them away or throw them out.

The food you eat enters your body and literally becomes part of you. It helps determine whether youll be short or tall, weak or strong, thin or fat. It helps determine whether you will enjoy a long, healthy life or die young. Food is of fundamental importance. So why is it that most people dont think about fast food and dont know much about it?

The simple answer is this: the companies that sell fast food dont want you to think about it. They dont want you to know where it comes from and how its made. They just want you to buy it.

Have you ever seen a fast-food ad that shows the factories where French fries are made? Ever seen a fast-food ad that shows the slaughterhouses where cattle are turned into ground beef? Ever seen an ad that tells you whats really in your fast-food milk shake and why some strange-sounding chemicals make it taste so good? Ever seen an ad that shows overweight, unhealthy kids stuffing their faces with greasy fries at a fast-food restaurant? You probably havent. But youve probably seen a lot of fast-food commercials that show thin, happy children having a lot of fun.

People have been eating since the beginning of time. But theyve only been eating Chicken McNuggets since 1983. Fast food is a recent invention. During the past thirty years, fast food has spread from the United States to every corner of the globe. A busssssiness that began with a handful of little hot dog and hamburger stands in southern California now sells the all- American meal—a hamburger, French fries, and soda—just about everywhere. Fast food is now sold at restaurants and drive-throughs, at baseball stadiums, high schools, elementary schools, and universities, on cruise ships, trains, and airplanes, at Kmarts, Wal-Marts, and even the cafeterias of childrens hospitals. In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2005, they spent about $134 billion on fast food. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on college education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, and recorded music— combined.

Fast food may look like the sort of food people have always eaten, but its different. Its not the kind of food you can make in your kitchen from scratch. Fast food is something radically new. Indeed, the food we eat has changed more during the past thirty years than during the previous thirty thousand years.

In the pages that follow, youll learn how the fast-food business got started. Youll learn how the fast-food chains try to get kids into their restaurants, how they treat kids working in their kitchens, how they make their food. And youll learn what can happen when you eat too much of it. These are things you really need to know. Why? Because fast food is heavily advertised to kids and often prepared by workers who are kids themselves. This is an industry that both feeds and feeds off the young.

For the most part, fast food tastes pretty good. Thats one of the main reasons people like to eat it. Fast food has been carefully designed to taste good. Its also inexpensive and convenient. But the Happy Meals, two- for-one deals, and free refills of soda give a false sense of how much fast food actually costs. The real price never appears on the menu.

Hundreds of millions of people eat fast food every day without giving it much thought. They just unwrap their hamburgers and dig in. An hour or so later, when the burgers all gone and the wrappers been tossed into the garbage, the whole meal has already been forgotten. Chew on this: people should know what lies beneath the shiny, happy surface of every fast-food restaurant. They should know what really lurks between those sesame seed buns. As the old saying goes: you are what you eat.

CHEW ON THIS: EVERYTHING YOU DONT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT FAST FOOD by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. Copyright (c) 2006 by Eric Schlosser. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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Lorelei, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Lorelei)
Chew on this by Eric Schlosser, is filled with entertaining fast food stories and facts. Some of the topics are, What will happen to your body if you eat to much fast food, is what your eating really what you think it is? Why was spinach lasagna more popular than the hamburger? You will also meet the people who made the fast food business, and who invented the Hamburger. Learn about these fascinating subjects in Chew on This!!!!

If you are overweight or want a non-fiction book to read, you should definitely read Chew on this. When I read this book it changed my view from, fast food is just fat, to fast food is the grossest food you could possibly eat. If it is hard for you to keep your diet on schedule then read Chew on This and I guarantee you that it will be much easier to lose weight and gain the muscle you’ve always wanted.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618593941
Author:
Schlosser, Eric
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Wilson, Charles
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Juvenile Nonfiction
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Diet & Nutrition
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Fast food restaurants
Subject:
Food industry and trade
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Health-Diet and Nutrition
Subject:
Health - Diet & Nutrition
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white photographs
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.28x5.53x.85 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by , Kids love fast food. And the fast food industry definitely loves kids. It couldnt survive without them. Did you know that the biggest toy company in the world is McDonalds? Its true. In fact, one out of every three toys given to a child in the United States each year is from a fast food restaurant.

Not only has fast food reached into the toy industry, its moving into our schools. One out of every five public schools in the United States now serves brand name fast food. But do kids know what theyre eating? Where do fast food hamburgers come from? And what makes those fries taste so good?

When Eric Schlossers best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, was published for adults in 2001, many called for his groundbreaking insight to be shared with young people. Now Schlosser, along with co-writer Charles Wilson, has investigated the subject further, uncovering new facts children need to know.

In Chew On This, they share with kids the fascinating and sometimes frightening truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken ‘nugget really is, and how the fast food industry has been feeding off children for generations.

Featuring cover art by M. Wartella.

"Synopsis" by , In this "New York Times" bestseller, Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation") and Wilson unwrap the fast-food industry, offering a behind-the-scenes look at a business that both feeds and feeds off the young. This paperback edition includes a discussion guide, a new Afterword, and supplemental information with healthy eating resources for kids.
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