Who can watch a late night B-movie without snacks? Doritos, Fritos, Ruffles with French Onion dip, or even the old stand-bys of pizza or popcorn. So with that in mind, I thought it would not be too far off theme to share a recent non-fiction book review about nutrition and modern food processing techniques that I've posted on Amazon, LibraryThing.com, and GoodReads:
"In The Dorito Effect Mark Schatzker
details the cause of the health crisis today, including obesity and
other preventable diseases, as being a direct result of what we as a
society (and ultimately world economy) have done to our food. In
simplest terms, the link between nutrition and true flavor, and how
modern food is grown and processed may increase yield rates, but
decreases a food's inherent flavor and nutritional value. In response,
we have increased the use of artificial flavors disguised as "natural
flavors" to satisfy our biological cravings for the real flavor and
nutrition, therefore creating a cycle wherein we, as human beings,
continue to eat these "faux" flavored foods in a futile attempt to
satisfy our bodies' needs.
He explains that "natural flavors"
aren't so natural, or on the off chance that these "natural flavors"
really do come from natural sources, these flavors are used and placed
within foods that they don't really belong, therefore fooling our
tongues with manufactured deliciousness and creating "the snack
equivalent of crystal meth." And not only is more manufactured flavor
added to our food everyday, the number of availability of those foods is
increasing simply due to cost reduction business decision where yield
is more important than flavor because it is something that can actually
I was a little disappointed in the ending narrative
when he details a dinner he planned based on a particular strain of
tomatoes. It was cliched, not compelling, and predictable. Thankfully it
only lasted about ten pages.
The Dorito Effect, quite simply, is
what happens when food gets blander, flavor technology gets better, and
its consequences to our health."
Note for my Cheesy Readers: The comment below does not appear on my posted review.
Despite all the informative and eye-opening information I read in this book, don't think for one minute that I'm going to stop eating these late night bags of goodness. In fact, I think I hear a bag or two calling to me from the local convenience store down the street.
Until Next Time...