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Pandora's Lunchbox

This is a very insightful book helping you to understand what has happened to our food.  By understanding what is happing to our food it will empower you to make better healthier choices for yourself and your family.

What happens when a former New York Times reporter starts asking questions about food expiration dates? She publishes a book exposing the rather unappetizing science of the food industry, of course. Author Melanie Warner spikes a conversational tone with a dose of humor to weave shocking stories from both the past and present about one of America's most powerful yet covert industries.

The book opens with a quote from the first head of the Food and Drug Administration, pure-food activist Dr. Harvey Wiley, who proclaimed, "I have always stood for food that is food." Warner details Wiley's never-ending battle with both the food industry and the U.S. government in his crusade to ensure real, safe food for the American public, a crusade that speaks to the heart of Pandora's Lunchbox: Is what we’re eating today food or something else?

Warner's bookcovers the gamut of food additives, with chapters such as "The Quest for Eternal Cheese," "Extended Meat," and "Why Chicken Needs Chicken Flavor." Warner shows us the bizarre transformation of food as it goes from farm to factory to plate in a book that will make you take a closer look at what's in your lunchbox.  

Parents, this information will fortify your efforts to teach your children the difference between whole food and unwholesome food. Practitioners, here is information your patients need to understand why you promote whole food diets.