Instaread Summary of Real Food/ Fake Food Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It by Larry Olmsted
Five out of five stars
It has been well known for some time that the makers of food products are as dishonest as they can get away with when they are labeling and describing their products. The current controversy of the labeling of GMO food products is just the next round in that lengthy battle over the truth. As is mentioned in this summary, the consequences can be significant and even potentially deadly. The inclusion of peanut material into a food product without labeling it as such can be deadly to someone with a severe peanut allergy.
This summary is a description of a book by food journalist Larry Olmstead, a reporter that has covered food for decades. Several of the common uses of borderline illegal poetic license used by food manufacturers in describing food products are given. While some are not that significant, others are. Certain words or phrases, such as Kobe beef, conjure up specific thoughts of quality that justify added expense. Consumers spend an enormous amount of extra money annually in the mistaken belief that they are getting the “good stuff.”
From this summary, the reader receives a brief, yet significant education on the levels of fraud that are perpetrated by the food industry. I ended my reading with a desire to read the complete book.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.