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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141026014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141026015
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't remember when a book made me more angry. Lawrence's book should be compulsory reading . . . nothing is what it says on the packet (Allison Pearson, on Not on the Label Evening Standard)

Challenges each and every one of us to think again about what we eat. It's almost like uncovering a secret state within the state (Andrew Marr, BBC Radio 4's Start the Week)

I can't remember when a book made me more angry. Lawrence's book should be compulsory reading (Allison Pearson, on Not on the Label Evening Standard)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lester on 26 Aug. 2008
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I found this book informative, revelatory and utterly compelling. You should definitely read it if you'd like to know more about how our food is adulterated beyond belief by the handful of faceless transnational corporations who control a vast amount of our food chain. The corollary of their unceasing quest to increase the "value added" to their products is that our food is nutrient-depleted to such an extent that we'd be better off eating the packaging their expensive, processed junk comes in.

I too found this a better read than "Not On The Label" in that it explained more thoroughly the health implications of moving away from a diet that has evolved naturally over several thousand years to one that was artificially manufactured in the second half of the last century - seemingly not in the best interests of consumers but rather to line the pockets of agribusiness and to further the geo-political aims of successive American and European governments. There's plenty of "and now the science bit" but, whilst being quite detailed, I never found it difficult to follow.

Before reading "Eat Your Heart Out" I felt a growing uneasiness about the direction our over-processed, convenience-led food supply was taking us. Now I feel much more informed about the damage that is being done to our health and society.

This book will open your eyes and may even radicalize you a little. It really is breathtaking what has happened to our diets in the course of just a few decades. Thankfully, the author remains (just) optomistic that we've not passed the point of no return, and that a deal of the damage can be undone. But that's gonna have to start with individuals changing their buying habits and modifying their lifestyles. "Eat Your Heart Out" explains exactly why you should start today.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jan. 2009
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Some reviewers have commented that this book is not as good as Felicity Lawrence's 'Not On The Label'. I would recommend both - they complement each other well, dealing with all manner of issues surrounding food production and consumption. Eat Your Heart Out is, of course, more up to date, but it's fair to say that little has really changed since Not On The Label was published and they cover differest aspects of a very big subject.

This book ties in so many aspects of a system that we should all know and care about, not least because it depends so heavily on exploitation, messes up the environment, is unsustainable and serves up a food that is simply not very good for us (despite the way it's advertised). If that all sounds a bit left-wing and radical-veggy, then I would add that one of the most shocking apsects is how tax-payers on both sides of the Atlantic are having to fork out for massive (and damaging) subsidies that don't actually seem to help those who really need it.

Felicity Lawrence does a great job of tying together the complex issues in a very readable way. Highly recommended - this really will change the way you think about food.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HJ Haugland on 9 Aug. 2012
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A very readable account of the current state of the food business. Even after four years of publication, the contents is very relevant to stories we read in the media today, providing a background for why the UK dairy farmers are not getting paid fairly for their milk, and what it can mean to the world population that the US corn production has been affected so severely by drought. Although most of the information builds on information readily available in the news, the chapter on fats brought with it some surprising facts. I must admit I had never considered what kind of fat replaced trans fats, I just assumed that the replacement fat was somehow better. Little did I know that trans fat was replaced with something called interesterified vegetable oil which, after a little research on the net, even food scientists admit "is not metabolized easily". One study revealed that "people's glucose went up to prediabetic levels and insulin went down.". So the verdict is still clearly out on fats used in food processing, and as long as government is unwilling to regulate the food industry, we need journalists like Felicity Lawrence to help us know what is good for us as consumers and to keep the food business on its toes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DG on 31 Mar. 2011
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Borrowed this from the library after reading some reviews and it made interesting if a bit depressing reading although it did confirm quite a few of my suspicions over the years about Western expansionism in the name of free trade and scandal of huge subsidies and reimbursements from our own pockets. The book serves as a commendable eye-opener to the dangers of modern industrialised life and I'm not surprised that people often go to doctors with symptoms which leave the medical profession scratching their heads. Food related "illnesses" are here to stay as long as people continue to eat the dangerous concoctions dished out by the food industry. The pharmaceutical industry is also in the act of inventing new drugs to counter the food industry's inventions and governments collude with them.

I was also impressed by the connection between economic migration to the West from countries that had been ravaged by cheap imports from the West. What goes around comes around.

I can now also see the obvious connection between lifestyle causing obesity and its modern treatment, namely bariatric surgery, which does nothing to the underlying problem but acts as a quick fix solution (people continue to gain weight after surgery). Contrastingly, governments pay only lip-service at best to improving affordability of naturally available seasonal food and promoting regular exercise from an early age in order to prevent obesity in the first place: where would all the revenue come from then?
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