Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks is a book by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer with Lisa Tsakos. You can read about the book, find links to where you can buy it, learn about the authors and more at http://www.naturallysavvy.com/book/unjunk-your-junk-food
Since doing my elimination diet to check for food intolerances and reactions, I have become much more aware of ingredient labels on my food. That is only one step because it is still hard to know what to look for or avoid. With current trends in the food industry, it is also hard to know what brands or products to trust. Just because a product says it is natural or healthy, doesn't mean it actually is. This handy dandy little book will help with that.
Some great features of this book:
- The book is small. It is about 6"x6" and less than an inch thick. It should fit in your bag or be easily stored for access to refer to it when you need to or when you are grocery shopping.
- It has a list of the worst ingredients and ingredients to be aware of on a page you can cut out of the book to keep with you or you can go to their site and register to get a copy of the list you can print.
- There is good easy to follow information about ingredients, food choices and more. It makes it really comfortable to read. The layout keeps your eyes moving around and you don't have to love reading to enjoy the book.
- It is chock full of side by side comparisons of different types of junk foods with a bad choice on the left page and a good naturally savvy approved food on the right page. If you find a food you tend to buy on the bad side, don't worry, just look to the right of it for a great suggested food that is a healthier choice.
- I loaned my copy to a friend and she said her boyfriend loves the book and keeps asking where he can find the alternatives to his favorite junk foods! She said this book helped her finally get through to him about all the processed food he eats. I don't know about you but my boyfriend doesn't like being told his favorite foods are bad for him. This book is a good one for them to look over on their own and make their own decision.
- The book covers a variety of junk food groups. You can find sections on Chips, Dips, & Party Food, Ice Cream & Other Treats, Cookies, Chocolate, Cakes & Other Desserts, Granola Bars & Other On-The-Go Snacks, Candy, Soda & Other Drinks
- There is a glossary so if you aren't sure what something is, go look in the back of the book for an explanation.
- They also include a full listing of brands they have pre-approved for you. You don't have to do all the work on your own. It is great to find trusted brands and stick with them. This has really helped me a lot.
- HFCS: High-Fructose Corn Syrup (AKA glucose-fructose in Canada)
- TRANS-FATS: Anything listed as 'partially hydrogenated' or 'hydrogenated' (includes vegetable shortening)
- 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)
Foods I kicked to the curb:
- Regular Potato Chips of most varieties
- OREOs (this was a dairy free guilty pleasure since it was safe for my lactose intolerance but not so safe overall)
- Pre-made refrigerated dough products from Tollhouse & Pillsbury
- Packaged Doughnuts
- Cake & Brownie Mixes from Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker & Pillsbury (Some of these were a quick easy to grab way to bake dairy free cake but they are way too processed)
- Canned Frosting from those same brands
- Mainstream brand chewing gums
- Name Brand Soda
- Most BBQ Sauces
- Yummy Earth Lollipops (I now keep these in my desk at work)
- Glee Gum (the ONLY gum I will chew)
- Back to Nature Cookies & Crackers
- Kettle Brand Potato Chips
- Simply Organic Herbs, Seasonings and Mixes (I especially like their Basil Pesto mix)
- Kinnikinnik Doughnuts & breads
- Dr. Oetket cake & brownie mixes
- Late July Crackers & Cookies
- Dinosaur BBQ Sauces
Biggest shocker from all this for me, especially since it is something I really need to look out for...CORN SYRUP! Holy cow, this stuff was all over my kitchen. I have cleared out majority of it.
We already avoid artificial sweeteners so paying more attention to artificial flavors and colors is the next step.
The hardest one to spot, in my opinion, when checking labels on your own is preservatives. This is a list I need to keep on hand to help me review ingredient lists.
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