Erica (Chicago IL)
Stuffed: Who's (Really) Making America Fat
"Stuffed" was well-written and researched, engaging and informative. Although I have been well aware of the manipulation of the public by the food industry, I had thought of it only in terms of advertising. Cardello makes it clear that advertising is only the tip of the iceberg. But I particularly appreciated the fact that he did not just indict the food industry. He discussed solutions that are in the market or in development as well as coming up with viable, logical solutions for the problems they had created which did not rely strictly on the consumer exercising greater self-discipline and address the bottom line for the participants in the industry.
Nancy (Denver NC)
...and who STUFFS us?
When I first picked up this book, I felt I knew who was "stuffing" us. We are stuffing ourselves. Of course, we are, but it's not that simple and we shouldn't take on all the guilt.
Naturally, if something doesn't taste good, we're not tempted to eat it. But what makes it taste good? Usually FAT and sugar. Comfort food almost always contains one or both of these culprits. But how can food manufacturing companies make a product taste good and also be good for us? They really are trying to do just that. This is the premise of this informative and easily readable book.
Not by banning "bad" foods, but by making them more healthy. I was relieved to know there are successful companies who are researching our obesity problem just as some energy companies are researching viable alternative energy sources. If you want to read about some good news for a change, this will fit the bill.
Darra (Walnut Creek CA)
I wavered between a 3 and 4 rating for this book. Although I didn't feel it lived up to the promotional hype comparing it to the Jeffrey Wigand/tobacco industry expose, there is lots of "food" for thought and discussion. While the first part, which focuses on the failings of the food industry, seems kind of "old news," the remainder is devoted to potential--some rather innovative--solutions.
Patti (Livingston TX)
An education about our food marketing system
This book will change the way you shop for food and you will definitely think twice when you stop for fast food. It is very well-written and easy to read. Really keeps your interest. A lot of us have been duped into thinking organic products are really worth paying a little extra. Read this book and you won't be so sure about that. It seems as usual that it's all about profit and making the rules work for the benefit of the corporations. Anyone who is interested in their health and thinks they are educated about nutrition needs to read this book.