What to Eat
An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating
by Marion Nestle
Marion Nestle's What to Eat is sure to be the food shopper's bible. Drawing from
her investigative reporting in her previous books Food Politics and Safe Food,
Nestle brings readers all the skinny on foods at their local supermarkets, aisle by aisle.
She tells readers where foods come from, how they are made, and what happens to them in
processing, packaging, and distribution. All of this detailed information is geared to
help us make informed food decisions.
In the excerpt from her book that was sent for review, Nestle gives readers a tour of
the dairy aisle. She delves deeply into lobbying by the dairy industry and how its influence
has shaped even the USDA's dietary guidelines. For example, in 2004, the recommended number
of servings of dairy products was increased from two to three, based on pressure by dairy
lobbyists. Nestle cites research sponsored by the dairy industry to back up claims for
prevention of osteoporosis, bone health, and now weight loss. Independent research has
indicated that the majority of human adults around the world can't tolerate cow's milk
nor do they really benefit from added calcium through dairy alone. Nestle also blows holes
in the claims of long life from eating yogurt, though she does recognize that plain yogurt
is a healthy food.
This little taste of Nestle's 624 page tome really made me want to read about other foods
in my supermarket's aisles. What to Eat should be eye-opening for any shopper and
anyone interested in the politics of food lobbying.
NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!, Relaxation
Techniques for Children, Relaxation Techniques for Adults; Co-author of The
Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book. Coming
Soon: The Ultimate Wedding Workbook, Get Rich on Love, and Sacred Breath
(a sound recording of relaxation meditations).