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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Reviews: Unjunk Your Junk Food Book Review

Unjunk Your Junk Food - Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks is written by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer (creators of NaturallySavvy.com) with Lisa Tsakos. The purpose of the book is to provide people with better options in the junk food that they eat. The book has a different approach to figuring out which products to buy. Instead of reading the Nutrition Facts panel the book focuses on reading the ingredients and then looking at the Nutrition Facts panel.

Unjunk Your Junk Food has a chart called 'The Scary Seven'.
They are as follows: 
- 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)

Unjunk You Junk Food is smaller than what I thought it would be.  The book measures 6 X 6 so it's a good size to fit in your purse as you take it to the grocery store as a reference.  The book has very colorful glossy pages which I found very attractive of it.  The book has 232 pages (not including a place to write notes in the back and a short introduction in the front) and 11 chapters.  The chapters are where each category of junk food is discussed.  On the left page is where the Bad Choice is located and on the right page is where the Naturally Savvy Approved Choice is located (see picture below as an example).


I looked through each junk food they presented in the book and found some rather interesting products that contain The Scary Seven.  I knew the Reese's was bad for me but now I know why it is bad for me and what options are better for me.  I was surprised to find that Skinny Cow Low-Fat Ice Cream Cookies 'N Cream was listed as a Bad Choice since it contains ingredients from The Scary Seven.  I always thought Skinny Cow products were good for me.  Now I know that they are not (at least the product stated above is not).  However, I was impressed that Capri Sun Sunrise Orange Wake Up was listed as a Naturally Savvy Approved product.  I didn't really think Capri Sun was all that good for me.  Now I know that they are (at least the product stated above is as mentioned in the book).

I enjoyed going through the book and learning what contained The Scary Seven and what was the better alternative choice.  This book will continue to be helpful to me when I go to the grocery store to decide what junk food I would want to buy.

If you are interested in purchasing this book you can find it at Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon and other online retailers.

To learn more about Naturally Savvy, you can visit their website, "like" them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received this book to help me right this review.  All the opinions above are mine and where not influenced in any way.  Your experience may be different than mine.

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