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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 11:49 AM

'Unjunk Your Junk Food' is an eye-opening experience

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"Unjunk Your Junk Food" by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer is available in bookstores everywhere.

 

by Maggie Young
magy_74@hotmail.com

 

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If you are what you eat that would make me… monosodium glutamate and partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil? Those are just some of the ingredients found in Doritos. Or did you know that Milk Chocolate M&M’s has no fewer than ten different artificial colours. And make sure your kids enjoy SunnyD, the orange punch that contains Neotame, the sweetest chemical sweetener ever made.

These are just a few of the examples used in Unjunk Your Junk Food to get the reader aware of all the unnatural ingredients people consume regularly. Written by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer, they co-founded a website called Naturally Savvy, a site dedicated to the basics of natural health. They were also helped by nutrition expert Lisa Tsakos.

The book is written as a grocery guidebook. It is compact enough to store in a purse and easy to flip open when shopping down the aisles.

The reoccurring theme in the book is to understand what you’re eating. Also, if you don’t know what a listed ingredient is then don’t buy the product. The number of chemicals put into commonly used products is actually shocking. The reader will be checking ingredient lists after reading this book, but of course, that is the point.

Donsky and Boyer make it clear that they are not suggesting banning junk food from your diet because they know it is unrealistic. They are only trying to bring to light the dangers of eating heavily processed foods and showing readers the alternative choices to these products.

Each chapter is designed to focus on a specific category of junk food: chips and dips, ice cream, cookies, chocolate, candy, etc. On the left page, they have the unhealthy product and on the right, they give the Naturally Savvy Approved suggestion (the healthier option). The healthier suggestion isn’t an obscure product either. Most of the products given can be easily found at your local grocery store if you take the time search for them.

It is worth noting that the healthier choices given don’t necessarily mean fewer calories either. They factor in the ingredient list, the amount of sodium, and whether it is hiding trans-fat. Companies are not required to list their trans-fats if they are under a specific amount and they are often hidden in ingredients described as “partially hydrogenated.”

With every product there is an ingredient list. Ingredients are highlighted in Red: Worst Ingredients and Yellow: Also Beware Of. By the end of your reading, these harmful ingredients will be stuck in your memory and you’ll be throwing products back on their grocery shelves after taking a closer look.

Along with all this information, the authors give facts and tips to health information. The one flaw in this book is that there are few sources listed to back up their data. They have likely done their homework and their website is filled with credible contributors, but the reader is solely relying on their leadership. There are no footnotes seen at the bottom of the pages.

Overall, Unjunk Your Junk Food is an eye-opening experience for the reader. Not only does it promote awareness, but it also has companies re-evaluating their products. They note that there has been success in changing companies of name brand products to more natural ingredients. Donsky and Boyer explain it is okay to eat junk in moderation, but just know what you are consuming.

Look for Unjunk Your Junk Food at bookstores everywhere.

ISBN# 978-1451616569 / Gallery Books / (December 27, 2011) / Paperback: 256 pages

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An excerpt from "Unjunk Your Junk Food."

 

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