I am so excited to share with you today one of the most helpful, most interesting and most well-written books I have read lately - Unjunk Your Junk Food by by Andrea Donsky, Randy Boyer, and Lisa Tsakos. Unjunk Your Junk Food is a fun, handy, supermarket-friendly guide to the best-tasting, best-for-you junk food made with natural ingredients.
Let me be honest for a second...I LIKE junk food. I have tried going without my sweets, treats and salty snacks, but I like to snack and I LOVE my sweets! What I love about this book is that they aren't saying you can't have them, you just have to be careful which brands and kinds you buy! It REALLY makes a difference!! You don’t have to give up the foods you love, just give up the toxic ingredients. Take the junk out of your junk food!
I absolutely LOVE how much info they pack into this book! The book includes:
- Side-by-side comparisons of popular conventional brands and their natural alternatives
- Healthy ingredients to look for and dangerous additives to avoid
- A handy cut-out chart of the worst ingredients to look out for when grocery shopping
- Tips for recognizing the misleading marketing tools used to confuse you when reading food labels
- Healthier choices for the snack foods you already buy
They are as follows:
· HFCS: High-Fructose Corn Syrup (AKA glucose-fructose in Canada);
· TRANS-FATS: Anything listed as ‘partially hydrogenated’ or ‘hydrogenated’ (includes
· MSG: Monosodium glutamate;
· ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS: Any artificial flavoring;
· ARTIFICIAL COLORS: Any type of artificial dyes;
· ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: Chemical sweeteners including Aspartame, Splenda
(sucralose), Ace-K (Acesulfame Potassium), Saccharine, etc.
· PRESERVATIVES: Polysorbate 60, 65 & 80, TBHQ, Sodium Benzoate, BHA, BHT,
Sulfur Dioxide (sulfites).
Sadly, many of the chips, chocolates, and treats we enjoy had these icky ingredients in them - Candy bars (such as Snickers, Reeses, etc), Chips (Doritos, Cheetos, etc), and some of our other favorite treats had them in them. I usually buy all organic products, but sometimes I slack on buying organic snacks and treats and I was so sad to see these 'Scary Seven' in them! I will definitely be thinking twice about buying these brands again - I hate that they don't care about our health enough to make products without harmful ingredients!
I can't wait to try some of the other alternatives that the book recommends! I really want to support companies that care about what they are putting in their food!
If want to try eliminating the 'Scary Seven' and other harmful ingredients from your food without giving up the foods you love, here’s how:
The Edible (R)evolution is a 4 step process:
Step 1: Take the ‘Worst Ingredients’ chart along with your shopping list on your next trip to the grocery store
Step 2: Before you blindly toss a food product into your cart, read its entire list of ingredients (even before you read the nutrition panel)
Step 3: Refer to the ‘Worst Ingredients’ chart as well as the glossary in Unjunk Your Junk Food to make sure you understand the meaning of EVERY single ingredient listed on the label
Step 4: Decide whether or not the ingredients in the product you’re holding are what you want to purchase and put into your body. If not, use Unjunk Your Junk Food to help guide you to comparable products with cleaner ingredients
Repeat steps 1 to 4.
This book is so good that celebrities like Maria Shriver and Alan Arkin have endorsed the book. To view their testimonials, click here: http://bit.ly/zRZAqc.
If you want to educate yourself about what icky ingredients companies are hurting your body with, make sure to check out Unjunk Your Junk Food! I promise you your eyes will be opened and you will definitely think twice about buying that bag of Doritos, Snickers bar, or Cheetos bag next time! But best of all, you will be able to identify the companies and products that are SAFE to eat and still delicious!!
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Buy It: You can purchase Unjunk Your Junk Food for $12.23 on Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble (both in stores and online)
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