Summary of Pandora’s Lunchbox

How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

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Pandora’s Lunchbox book summary
Food journalist Melanie Warner examines the history, pros and cons of processed foods.


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Food journalist Melanie Warner discusses the shockingly hazardous content of many foods you may consume every day. Using illuminating stories, she provides a well-researched history of popular processed foods, vitamins and additives. She delves into the methods manufacturers use to accommodate the public’s hunger for different food products. Warner describes how food producers add manufactured substances to products to earn more profit and extend shelf life, and she explains why these unhealthy additives remain in your food supply. getAbstract recommends her comprehensive report to anyone running a food-related business, to all health-conscious consumers and especially to parents.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why unhealthy ingredients appear in many foods sold today,
  • How the American food safety assessment process evolved and
  • How you can eat more healthfully.


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Each summer, New Orleans’ Morial Convention Center fills with 15,000 people attending the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, which displays the “latest advances in food science.” An assortment of familiar and unfamiliar ingredients dominates the ...
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About the Author

Freelance business journalist Melanie Warner writes about the food industry for a variety of media, including The New York Times, and

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