Did Fast Food Nation change the way you eat?Wondering if, after reading the book, you changed how/what/where you eat? Why?

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Scott Locklear | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Oh, indeed. To the point where I'm pretty much starving now. Before I read FFN, my diet was built on the four holy pillars of fast food: Taco Bell, Burger King, Carl's Jr., and McDonald's. But now...now I can barely walk by those places without throwing up into my shoes.

The problem is not so much the poor-quality, poorly prepared food, but the harmfulness of the fast food industry itself. The author exposes behind-the-scenes corruption, shocking health violations, and unforgivable labor abuses. Get just 30 pages into the book, and a cheeseburger will never taste the same way again.

...So if anyone could recommend a nice, easy-to-follow vegetarian cookbook....

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Well before I read that book I had quit eating at McDonald's and became much more choosy about the choices I made...it began when I was pregnant with my first son and walked into Mickey D's for breakfast with my husband.  Immediately after walking in I began retching at the overwhelming aroma of grease.  We only eat out about once every other month, but we definitely think twice about where we eat...reminds me a bit of Sinclair's THE JUNGLE.  UGH!

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Though I am still appalled at and disgusted by nearly every aspect of the food production industry, a person has still got to eat. I just don't support fast-food industries and eat very little meat. It's always a good thing that people are doing such research; however, if we read all of it about everything we would probably eat nothing but what we grow ourselves. That ain't such a bad thing, I'm thinkin.'

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Yes and it made me so sad. I completely quit eating some things that I love because just thinking about it made me think how hard I would have to work that day in the gym. Now when someone asks me if I want to know the nutritional value of something I love I tell them emphatically, "NO!" I know if I find out and it's bad enough I'll never eat it again. :(

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

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One thing I definitely took away from the book is how "wrong" the system of delivering meat to big restaurants is. The entire process is cruel, and unsafe. It's not just fast food that uses these slaughterhouses, it's many markets and other restaurants as well. I have tried to cut back the amount of meat I eat per week because of this.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Well, ya gotta die of somethin'! I haven't read the book yet, but I'm just about to swear off beef because of all the recalls. I can't wait until somebody does an expose on the megasupermarkets, like Walmart. Now there's something to be scared of! Where do they get their meat???

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aliccie | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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yea mcdonalds is pretty retarded. i was eating a big mac one day with my family and i bit into a piece of plastic stuck in between the lettuce and the pickle. i have never eaten anything from mcdonalds since.