From Kirkus Reviews:

A nutritionist defends the fast-food industry.

In her nonfiction debut, registered dietician Johansen offers the uncommon argument that fast food is not inherently unhealthful compared with other food options. Although Johansen openly discloses her former employment at McDonald’s and her continuing admiration for that company, she also presents a thoroughly researched work, citing many recent studies. She asserts… Read on!

From ForeWord Clarion Reviews:

In recent years, fast food has been blamed for the unhealthy diets of Americans. Lisa Tillinger Johansen adopts a different perspective in her provocative book…  Read on!

From Evilcyclist’s Blog

Lisa Tillinger Johansen’s book Fast Food Vindication seeks to put fast food in better place than Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me. Johansen is a former McDonald’s corporate employee who left the company to earn a Masters in Science in nutritional science and works as a registered dietitian. To be fair…  Read on!

From Citrus Sunshine:

I am probably like many other Americans, busy! Yes in an ideal world I or my husband would go shopping for fresh ingredients for dinner every night. Except there are days when I have meetings until 5 and then he has a meeting at 6 and dinner needs to happen somewhere in there. There are days, like Sunday and Wednesday, when dinner doesn’t seem to fit in before church and after church it is too late to cook something. The solution is often fast food..  Read on!

From The Baking Bookworm:

My devoted blog followers know that normally I’m not an avid reader of non-fiction.  It’s not that I don’t care for the genre but if I’m going to read a non-fiction book I have to really be interested in the topic.

When I saw this book on NetGalley with its giant burger on the front it definitely got my attention.  Sure, I do love me a good burger but this book’s unique take on fast food piqued my interest for other reasons…  Read on!

From Comfort Bites:

Obesity, kids eating more salt, portion sizes getting bigger. You only have to open the pages of a national newspaper to see that our fast food companies are generally held up to blame for all of this. But author Lisa Tillinger Johansen argues that fast food companies are actually doing a number of good things and shouldn’t be solely held to account for our obesity epidemic. And she’s also a nutritionist… Read on!

From The Mary Reader:

This was a first for me, the verdict is still out. This goes against everything we were ever told growing up!
Is it worth the read?  Yes!  It has a lot of really good info…  Read on!

From Joan Nienhuis Reviews:

Obesity is feared to become an epidemic. Over 50 percent of Americans eat fast food. Is fast food the culprit or a scapegoat? Can you eat healthy fast food meals?  Lisa argues that yes, you can eat healthy fast food meals. There is much misinformation out there and she aims to change that.  Read on!

From My Posse Book Blog:

Thanks to my friends at NetGalley I was able to obtain a publisher’s copy of this book for my nook. The theory intrigued me as I am on a weight loss journey of my own and my husband and kids seem to be a little more than obsessed with McDonalds and Pizza Ranch so I bumped this read up in line and I’m glad that I did.  Read on!

From The World of Gord:

As it is the new year, of course, the mind turns to becoming healthy again.

Instead of turning to an everyday, “clean up your life” book, I instead turned to Fast Food Vindication written by a dietition Lisa Tillinger Johansen. The book is a quick read and when I first picked it up wondered how a dietitian could defend the fast food industry given all the blame other dietitians and nutritionists heap on the industry. The author…  Read on!

From YUM:

For many years the fast food industry, headed by McDonald’s, has been the whipping boy de jour for many, receiving criticism for everything from poor working terms and conditions to their effects on modern-day diets. True or false? Maybe like most things it is something in-between.  Here is a book that takes a bit of a contrary view… Read on!

From Andrea Kurian:

So, this isn’t your usual weekend read but it is a discussion that deserves some attention. Seeing that the writer is qualified in her field, she presents her arguments well and you are able to understand her point well. But I have my reservations. How does one book go against years, and years of research? What am I missing? Or is this an argument that offers middle-term solutions? Obviously, I still have many questions after reading the book and might just reread for this sake.

Overall, the book was well-written and all sections flowed smoothly…  Read on!

From Literarily Speaking:

The fast-food industry has long been the whipping boy for all sorts  of health ills. Obesity in children and adults? Blame it on fast food.  Heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol? Fast food is the culprit.

Not so, says Lisa Tillinger Johansen in her new book, FAST FOOD  VINDICATION. Johansen, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian, takes  the bold position that “fast food is not the enemy, and it can be  incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.” In fact…  Read on!

From Splashes of Joy:

Here in this book, Lisa Johansen shows readers that Fast Food is not the reason for so many overweight people in our world. It is what we choose to eat that does that. Food shouldn’t me our enemy, we can learn to eat the foods that are good for us, even at fast food establishments.

I was surprised at all of the information in FAST FOOD VINDICATION. The author did a great job of gathering information and organizing into this wonderful book. Being a registered dietitian…  Read on!

From Bookpleasures:

Have fast food restaurants being unfairly signaled out as the bad guys when it comes to serving unhealthy meals? How would you compare them to sit-down restaurants or even eating at home? Do you believe if we totally abandoned fast food that we would solve most of society’s nutritional problems?

Lisa Tillinger Johansen, author of Fast Food Vindication believes that there is a great deal of negative misinformation…  Read on!

From Create With Joy:

Fast Food Vindication – The Story You Haven’t Been Told is probably the most provocative book that I have read all year. In this book, former fast food insider turned dietician Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD takes the unusual stance that fast food restaurants are not responsible for the many ills of society often attributed to them…  Read on!

From Blooming with Books:

The Story You Haven’t Been Told…

It is possible to eat healthy at fast food restaurants, it depends on you and what you choose. We need to develop healthy eating habits, but food is not the only factor in the expanding waistlines.  Read on!

From MDT Reviews:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am so glad there is a book like this in print. Honestly! I am like the majority of Americans–I love fast food. My daughter used to drag me to McDonald’s at least once a week. And when I was overweight (and obese–Yikes!), I didn’t think twice about eating all the unhealthy calories. But then I began my healthy eating plan…  Read on!

From Garden of Book Reviews:

The fast-food industry has long been the whipping boy for all sorts of health ills. Obesity in children and adults? Blame it on fast food. Heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol? Fast food is the culprit.

Not so, says Lisa Tillinger Johansen in her new book, FAST FOOD VINDICATION.   Read on!

From Bookviews:

Fast Food Vindication by Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD, a registered dietician, ($9.99, J, Murray Press, softcover) dispels the widespread belief that Americans are getting fat because of the fast-food outlets throughout the nation. In a clear, easy-to-understand text she offers the reasons why there is an epidemic of obesity in America and, indeed, in many other nations. People are just eating too much, not getting enough exercise, and snack too often. She notes that sit-down restaurants, more often than not, offer too much food on the plate and fill up the bread tray, thus providing more food than you need to eat at a sitting, as opposed to fast-food outlets that now commonly offer alternatives to a juicy, delicious hamburger or other food choice. And it comes down to choices and moderation. One thing is for sure, it is not the government’s job to intervene in what your child eats in school or what you eat. That’s your job.

From Midwest Book Review:

Former McDonald’s Corporation real estate manager and registered dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen presents Fast Food Vindication, a counterpoint to the endless pop culture attacks on the fast food industry. Fast Food Vindication reminds readers of the positive side…Read on!

From Food & Nutrition Magazine:

Fast Food Vindication by Los Angeles certified dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen debunks myths that all fast food is bad for you and aims to educate and show the public what kinds of quick meals—from turkey burgers to salads to apple slices—are healthy eating choices when dining out at McDonalds, Carl’s Jr. and other fast food outlets.

“The book refutes the notion…  Read on!

Teena in Toronto – From GoodReads:

Like most, I have some pounds that I’d like to lose. And like most, I do eat fast food (pizza is my favourite!) … so I thought this would be an interesting book.

Unlike most books, the author isn’t against fast food restaurants. In fact, before she went back to school in her 40s to become a dietitian, she worked for McDonalds and still has lots of good things to say about them.

Fast food restaurants get such a bad wrap. Her points about them are valid. In the first place, you don’t have to go to one … Read on!

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Americans, You’re Fat – From the Canadian Free Press

Does it strike you as ironic that, along with all the advertisements for programs and pills that allegedly can help you lose weight, that there are also just as many urging you to eat all manner of tempting foods or dine out at America’s fast-food chains and restaurants?

In Lisa Tillinger Johansen’s new book, “Fast Food Vindication”, the dietician-author says, “Recently, several overweight/obese people have sued fast food chains for damages related to their weight gains, These people held the restaurants, not themselves, responsible for their excess pounds,” noting that “Congress eventually passed legislation to prevent frivolous lawsuits of this type from clogging the judicial system.”



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Welcome to Fast Food Vindication, may I take your order please?  In this book, Lisa Tillinger Johansen talks straight about what foods to eat and what to avoid.  Just as your mouth is the gateway to your digestive system and your eyes are located above the entry point for your brain to observe what is being consumed, it is you…your responsibility to decide your dietary destiny.  Not the marketing of the fast food industry.

Fast food Vindication is fast read for the insatiable appetite of the mind hungering for answers as to how best to care for its body.  It is a contemporary correlation of facts, calories, nutrition, marketing and motivation all spun around the fast food industry.  Recent controversies such as Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on sugary sodas in excess of 16 ounces are written about along with equal time for contradictory opinions.  Factoid presentations on the startup iconic fast food entrepreneurs such as Carl Karcher, Glen Bell, Harlan Sanders, Dave Thomas and of course McDonald’s founder Ray Croc are “saluted” with respect, not vilified. What it boils down to is moderation.

As a dietitian, Lisa Tillinger Johansen knows what she is talking about!  Her book is a savory combo of tantalizing super-sized information presented in various forms such as bullet pointers, tables, charts, excerpts, antidotes and personal observations.  What is undeniable is her ability to keep on subject, circling back to your personal choices which determine your health; not the proximity of the local drive-thru.  Exercise, or rather lack of, along with diet are the two culprits in determining the risk factors for heart disease and hypertension, diabetes and some forms of cancer.  But all of this stems from your personal responsibility.  The fast food industry can be viewed as an inexpensive method to enhance your diet, if of course used wisely.  For example, you can order a grilled chicken breast, without mayo, along with a salad and low fat parfait and walk away better off than when you arrived.  These choices do exist.  Even an occasional cheeseburger and fries are OK, if eaten in moderation – and never doubled up!

Fast food is a culture and a way of life.  In Johansen’s “Story you haven’t been told,” she brings to the reader’s attention more than what simply meets the eye of the consumer.  For example, McDonalds is not just a burger joint.  About 1 out of 8 people at one time have been employed by them.  In 2001, McDonalds was responsible for 90% of the new jobs in America, as they hire about one million workers every year.  They buy more chicken, beef, pork, apples and potatoes than any other U.S. company and have more area for children to play than any other private entity.  And finally, the golden arches ranks as one of the largest toy distributors.

Fast Food Vindication is as important for people to understand as an urban survival guide or financial planning advice.  Personal choices of calories and exercise run paramount with good health; both physically and mentally.  Let’s face it, with all the bad press deep-fried, greasy fat laden food gets – this book still portrays that stuff as killers, but it goes on to say there are choices at these restaurants which are healthy alternatives.  The fast food industry is changing with the times and providing consumers with more choices today than ever before.  Most of the fast food restaurants have a “light and lean” menu for people who are watching their calorie intake.   It’s not just you are what your eat, but first and more importantly you become what you decide to eat!