• Title: The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry is Ruining Our Children's Minds
  • Author: Carol N. Simontacchi
  • ISBN: 9781585420353
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Crazy Makers How the Food Industry is Ruining Our Children s Minds In this unprecedented look at American food manufacturing a clinical nutritionist and radio talk show host draws on new research to show how the pseudo foods being promoted today from infant formulas
    In this unprecedented look at American food manufacturing, a clinical nutritionist and radio talk show host draws on new research to show how the pseudo foods being promoted today from infant formulas to pre packaged meals are actually physically eroding our brains.

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    1. Are you one of those people who figures diet soda and "light" yogurt are good alternatives to the stuff with REAL sugar in them? Are you, like my mom, convinced that a Kudos bar is a "healthy" snack?Well, here's some news: foods that are processed in a big plant on an assembly line and are injected with lab created chemicals are not all that great for you. (Sure, those pills in your cupboard are lab created chemicals. I know, I know.)In this book, the author calls out companies who have a blatan [...]

    2. My relationship with this book is a little complex - On the one hand I completely agree with the author that, generally speaking, Western eating habits are horrible and extremely lacking in nutrition. And her thesis, that this poor nutrition is affecting our minds, and especially brain development, makes complete sense. However, she presents a lot of speculation as concrete evidence, at least on an emotional level, trying to manipulate her reader into agreeing with her without the hard science t [...]

    3. This book covers the effects of nutrition on brain development throughout life. Chapters start with prenatal nutrition and continue through adulthood. I would strongly advise parents skip directly to whatever stage their child is at now. Simontacchi is very alarmist and while many of her claims may be true, not all people react the same way to foods. Some people are far more affected by less than optimal nutrition than others. Reading about stages your child has already passed through is only go [...]

    4. This book falls somewhere in between three and four stars. I think that the information presented is important information. The author sometimes contradicts herself. I think this is because she is passionate about her subject and wants to make sure people hear her. I disagree with a previous rater who said that the author is trying to blame all the ills of the world on food. I think she's saying "Have we questioned what impact our food may have?" I think anyone who is considering having children [...]

    5. The Crazy Makers by Carol Simontacchi is a non- fiction book about how all types of food are potentially damaging to all ages. The book discusses why certain groupings of food are bad for humans, the history of how those groupings came to be, the harmful chemicals within those groupings, and the consequences of lacking vitamins/chemicals that the brain uses to function. Simontacchi explains why we turn to things such as coffee, sugar as well as other food groups, and the effect it has on our bra [...]

    6. Some of my reasons for not liking this book may have to do with the fact that it's kind of dated - it was written in 2000, and nutritional science has come a long way since then. I agree with what she says generally - that eating a lot of processed food isn't good for us, that breastfeeding is better than formula, and that we should eat better for a variety of reasons. But I'm not sure I agree with her reasons completely - like I don't think that additives like MSG literally make us crazy. I thi [...]

    7. Nonfiction 1This was an interesting perspective that our diet directly affects our mood. I liked that it walked through the requirements of the brain through each age (infant, child, teen, adult). It was interesting to note that as child eat more and more sugary foods, attention spans have decreased and test scores have dropped.However, I feel that this book places too much of the blame on our diet and the 'perpetrators' of the Standard American Diet and not enough blame on the individuals thems [...]

    8. I actually would give this 3.5 stars. The information was good, but since it was originally published in 2000, I already knew much of the material. It would definitely be beneficial to someone who didn't follow food and nutrition books regularly. The fact is, people are paying to poison themselves and their kids. Food is already so lacking in nutrients due to industrial farming (corn fed cows living in lots rather than open grass, depleted soils due to pesticides, herbicides, GMO's etc.) then wh [...]

    9. Thankfully, I am ahead of the curve on this stuff. I am not a vegetarian or vegan, and do have the occasional Big Mac, but what I read in this book I realized a long, long time ago, and began making changes to my own and my family's diet. No dies, chemicals, hormones, barely any processed food. I grind our wheat, bake our bread, have a food dehydrator, and dry, can or freeze the fruit and vegetables we eat. Those fruits and vegetables come from a local farm; our milk, butter, cheese, etc comes f [...]

    10. This book was interesting because it taught me that there are many chemicals including carcinogens in our food while lacking nutrients, especially processed food and junk food. It was shocking to me that babies who were fed formula milk instead of breast milk were less healthy and had weaker immune systems. It is very sad that companies put toxic chemicals in kid and baby food too! This book also described how what we eat affects how our brains and bodies develop. Basically, you are what you eat [...]

    11. Brilliant! This is a look at the huge impact that nutritious food can have on a child's life. The author is a dietitian, I believe, and she offers great research about how better nutrition is a relatively simple and achievable route to helping each child fulfill his/her potential. For example, children who receive a healthy breakfast shake have better test scores and better behavior! That's all it takes. Healthy food is a wonderful benefit to a child's development, but so many parents are not aw [...]

    12. This book made me crazy. It had such promise. Then the author just lost her brain some where while she was writing. She talks about how insulin makes you sick. Then she recommends cereal in the morning. You can't demonize cereal and then turn around and say "well, some of it is ok." NO! *exasperated sigh* Then to say that saturated fat is bad - well, that's just laughable. She isn't helping the problem, she's helping create it. Ugh. I agree that anything processed is bad for you. That's pretty m [...]

    13. An interesting view on how the mass produced processed food that we all guzzle is starving our bodies and brains. What I couldn't understand is that the recipes in the book included a lot of dairy, which the author cited as part of the problem. But overall not a bad read and had a lot of well documented facts.

    14. I had high hopes for this book, and overall I was on board, learning some new things, gasping at others. But then I got to the section about breastfeeding and was completely turned off. I hate people who wax poetic about breastfeeding and go on and on basically about how horrible women are who don't breastfeed their children. After that, I skimmed the rest of the book just to be done with it.

    15. Good info if you can get past the poor editing. Redundancies, grammar errors, etc. Overall a good read for parents (current or future).Favorite Quote: Many of us think of people who lobby for pure water and pure food as food faddists or health nuts. We call a section in our local supermarket the "Health Food Section." What is the rest of the store called, the "Death and Disease Section"?

    16. Although I am still reading this book, I am enjoying it quite a bit. I am on a new health kick and it is amazing what we are letting happen to our food supply. I'll update my comment once I have finished the book.

    17. In this book, the author attempts to explain what she believes is causing the ADHD/autism/depression epidemic affecting children these days. I think the book is very similar to Last Child in the Woods, just with the causes switched. An interesting argument

    18. I learned to read labels on foods better. I learned to question what exactly am I eating here. I also learned that if my grandmother would not have recognized this as a food in her day, then I probably shouldn't be eating it.

    19. I didn't finish this book. Just wasn't feeling it It's been on my nightstand for weeks. I guess it's time to put it back on the shelf and see if it wins my interest again later on.

    20. Fairly straight forward when sugar leads to steroid release and steroids damage the hormone factory in the brain; the hypothalamus Could be a good place to hide if you actually are crazy!

    21. OMG!! The intro to this book is amazing! I got it from the library but I think I may have to go buy it for my collection!!

    22. loved it up until she started providing recipes. that's like those ties that are included with the shirts you buy.

    23. Best book out there why you should eat only homemade food and what all those chemicals are doing to you and your kiddos!

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