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What’s Inside Pandora’s Lunchbox? | Interview

 

Former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner's book Pandora's Lunchbox blew my mind. I thought I knew a lot about our food and what happens in the process of turning whole food into cheap, processed, convenient snacks and meals, but Melanie reveals tricks of the trade that I hadn't even considered. This is well worth a listen for you and your kids, too!

In this interview, we discuss:

  • The mysterious non-food ingredient in her store-bought guacamole.
  • The food processing conference where everything is made from altered starch.
  • Melanie's trip to the plant where they turn soy into filler for meat and veg burgers.
  • How air-popped cereal is made.
  • How this food fits into our healthy eating goals.

How soy beans become "meat"? Interview with @Melanie_Warner via @MeghanTelpner #Podcast

Join The Conversation

What are some of the most shocking or surprising things you have discovered about how our food is processed? What other books would you recommend along this theme?

5 Responses to “What’s Inside Pandora’s Lunchbox? | Interview”

  1. Jane said…
    What a great interview! I must admit, while listening I went and started looking through my cupboards. Scary stuff and I thought I was doing well. Thanks Meghan for always helping us get to the next level!
  2. Meghan Telpner said…
    Thanks Jane!
  3. melissa Rogers said…
    This is terrific!!! I am ready to throw everything out. Even though I know this stuff is crap, you get sucked in again over time so I am so glad I am feeling refreshed and motivated about food. Thank you!!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      You can do it!
  4. Jen said…
    I read this book when it first came out, just after I read Sugar, Salt, Fat. I can stomach reading this stuff because we'd already cut out 97% of processed foods at home in the last couple years. Otherwise, it's truly disturbing the crap that people put into their bodies on purpose – just as disturbing are the products that companies can sell as edible food. Mind you, my children don't always see it the same way, but it's something I don't mind continually talking with them about. Even at 3 and 8, I know they hear me.

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