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."
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:
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