The Omnivore’s Dilemma

“That each of us ordered something different is the hallmark of the industrial food chain, which breaks the family down into its carious demographics and markets separately to each one: Together we would be eating alone, together, and therefore probably eating more.”

I agree with what Pollan is saying here, that fast food chains have the ability to specifically single out an individual and cater directly to their likes and dislikes. Fast food restaurants allow each individual in a family to eat something different, while still sharing a meal with the family. It’s strange, really, to think that you’re eating a meal by yourself, during a time where you’re surrounded by others.


“But though Judith’s Cobb salad did present a challenge from front-seat dining, eating it at fifty-five miles per hour seemed like the thing to do, since the corn was the theme of this meal: the car was eating corn too, being fueled in part by ethanol.” The claim here is that we’re always on the move, while using corn as basically a giant substance for transportation. I agree, since the entire world is run on corn. I never realized until reading this book how much we really do rely on it. You can drive corn while eating corn! Surprising! It’s almost scary how reliant we are on a single product. One might wonder what would happen if it completely disappeared…


“If where you stand is on one of the lower rungs of America’s economic ladder, our cornified food chain offers real advantages: not cheap food exactly (for the consumer ultimately pays the added cost of processing), but cheap calories in a variety of attractive forms. In the long run, however, the eater pays a high price for these cheap calories: obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease.” Pollan is saying that if you don’t have the financial advantages some people do, have no fear, corn is here! My stance on his claim is complicated. I believe that even if you don’t have enough money to go around, there are always alternatives to feeding you and your children fast food. Yes, it’s not as costly monetary-wise, but Pollan makes the point that you pay for it later on, in health. Once in a while it’s ok to indulge in a Big Mac, we all do, but to use McDonalds as your source of nutrients is a huge and avoidable mistake.


“The marketers have a term for what a salad or veggie burger does for a fast-food chain: “denying the denier.”” Pollan is saying here that those searching for a healthier alternative at a fast-food chain will purchase a salad or veggie burger, which is still high in calories. I agree with him. If you’re looking for healthy foods you shouldn’t turn to the McDonald’s menu. There’s no doubt that some foods are healthier than others on their menu, but if you’re going to eat at McDonalds, you might as well splurge for the day (the day, not the week) and indulge in some fries and a burger. Those who choose the salad are denying themselves real nutritional foods, and the restaurant is providing unhealthy “healthy” foods for a cheap price, racking in all the suckers who think they’ll get away with eating a salad at McDonalds.

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