TLN Bookshelf: Food, Inc.

Whether you choose to eat fast food or not--and I hope you don't--do yourself a favor and get the lowdown on mass-produced beef, poultry, corn and soybeans.

Food, Inc. does not use tactics such as trying to repulse you with images of livestock being slaughtered. Yeah, it's in there, but only in short bursts.

You'll be more shocked when you learn what's being done by big time food manufacturers to keep up with demand, the not-so-glamorous life of the American farmer, and how our very own government enables unethical manufacturing practices to slide through the cracks.

Your nutrition takeaway from Food, Inc. should be quite clear: Avoid fast food and other grocery items that contain mass-produced meat, corn and soybeans. This includes ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, texturized vegetable protein (TVP), and mono- and diglycerides.

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