Monday, April 23, 2012

WIN THIS: Unjunk Your Junk Food

Such is the goal of the edible (R)evolution, which was started by Naturally Savvy co-creators Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer as a supplement to their new book, Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks. If this book sounds familiar to you, it's because I've already told you how much I love it. And I'm not alone. Famous faces like Maria Shriver and Alan Alda love it, too. Probably because it's chock full of information meant to help us navigate the confusing aisles at the grocery store.

There are so many delicious foods out there that promise to be healthy—but are they? On page 25 of the book, you'll find a "Worst Ingredients" chart that helps you navigate food labels. Because really, we should all be reading food labels. The chart is divided into seven categories that represent the most offensive ingredients: high-fructose corn syrup, trans-fats, MSG, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives.

You might be surprised (as I was) to find some or all of these in your favorite foods. For example, I buy 100% whole wheat bread "made with only the very best ingredients."

Except that it's made with high fructose corn syrup. And I confess to knowing this as I drop it into my grocery cart. We're very aware of how much money we spend at the grocery store, so I have to pick and choose my battles. And since this bread is so cheap, I pick it to leave room for more fresh fruits and veggies. And turkey sausage for tonight's pasta dish, even though...

...they've got some preservatives. I love how they say "added for flavor protection" as if that's supposed to make it better.

While I can say with certainty that we generally try to buy the best version of everything out there, whenever we do buy foods with the seven offensive ingredients, we usually do so knowingly. And that's where this book comes in handy. It's a good versus bad anthology, meant to to be carried through the store alongside your grocery list. To read it is to familiarize yourself with healthier alternatives, Unjunked junk food, if you will. According to the edible (R)evolution, this really is a four-step process:

If you're interested in getting your hands on a copy of Unjunk Your Junk Food, visit Barnes & Noble or Amazon and order yourself a copy. Or you could enter below for a chance to win a copy. Naturally Savvy sent me a free copy, but since I've already got one, I figured it be best to pass it along to one of you, my dear and loyal readers.
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10 comments:

Susan Bedsworth said...

I decided to try a new yogurt, which I ended up really enjoying. However at some point I decided to read the label and their was high fructose corn syrup in it. I was really disappointed!

adailydoseoffit said...

Ugh, sneaky HFCS!

Roni Yager said...

I bought some corn tortillas today at the store that of course have preservatives in them...it's so hard to find foods without preservatives or artificial colors!

sarah @ sarah learns said...

we're similar in our shopping habits. i try to do the best i can at the supermarket, but there are some things i buy, like my husband's english muffins, that i know aren't the best. 

Emilyecrews said...

The grocery store is always a battle for me so I would love a copy :)!

Diedonceborntwice said...

Cremora!!

adailydoseoffit said...

The way I see it, as long as I'm doing my best to eat/buy healthy as often as I can, then I'm doing something right. Right?! :-)

adailydoseoffit said...

Tortillas are so hard to buy! I wish I knew how to make my own because I love me some Mexican food.

Diane Vander Hyde Moser said...

I just heard about this book & would love to win it, Im feeling lucky! thanks

Rachelle said...

I would love to win this book as I am a dietetic student and love to read a variety of books on foods. 

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