Unjunk Your Junk Food – Book Review

The folks at NaturallySavvy recently sent me the book Unjunk Your Junk Food – Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks to review and talk to you about.  NaturallySavvy is a website dedicated to natural, organic and green living and this book fits in perfectly with the topics they discuss there.

First I will tell you what this book is not about.  It is not another diet, exercise or calorie counting book.  Surprisingly enough it isn’t even a book to warn us of the dangers of eating junk food.  Instead it is a book devoted to teaching us about making better choices.  Let’s face it, nearly all of us eat some type of junk food and authors of this book (Andrea Donsky, Randy Boyer and Lisa Tsakos) realize that too.  They would just like to teach us just how to take the “junk” out of our “junk food”.

The book outlines the “Scary Seven Ingredients” to stay away from – ingredients like High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Trans-Fats, MSG and a variety of Artificial Flavors, Colors and Preservatives, just to name a few.  It  teaches us the meaning of why these ingredients are bad f and the overall effect they have on our health.  There is a whole chapter dedicated to understanding the terms used in food labeling and the hidden meaning behind some of them.  Terms like “no sugar added” and why that may not necessarily be as healthy as you think.  It turns out that some products may be naturally sweet already or worse, they may contain artificial sweeteners.  The book teaches us that just because a product says it is “Natural” or “Good for You”, doesn’t mean it really is.

The purpose of Unjunk Your Junk food is to show us what these ingredients are, how identify them on the food label and how to avoid them without giving up our junk food fix all together.  It is full of side by side comparisons of common snack food products laid out against healthier and similarly tasting alternatives.  What surprised me in most of these examples was that the calorie and sugar content is often very similar.  The point is geared more to the chemical make up of the actual ingredients.  The authors of this book do a good job in finding healthy and similar tasting alternatives to products like Oreos, Coca Cola, Cheetos… the list is long.  They sought out products that would be easy to find at the store and that are often located right next to their “junkier” counterparts.

I went through our kitchen to see what snacks we have containing any of the “scary ingredients” and was happy to find that we aren’t doing too bad.  Our ice cream is Bryer’s Natural, which is NatuallySavvy approved.  I did discover that my snack crackers contained partially hydrogenated soybean oil though and that is on the “bad list”.  Surprisingly enough, this product is marked as healthy and an “excellent source of fiber”.  Just the sort of thing the authors are trying to point out to us – look deeper and see what else is in there!

I found Unjunk Your Junk Food easy to read and to understand.  I learned a lot from it and didn’t go away feeling confused or guilty because I like eating snacks!  I did go away thinking to myself that not every cookie is created equal.  It felt good to know that by choosing wisely I can still enjoy a few treats without filling my body full of toxic chemicals that will send me back to my Oncologist.

Unjunk Your Junk Food is available at most major book sellers, including Amazon.com where it currently sells for $12.23 and is eligible for free shipping.  Be sure to ‘Like’ Naturally Savvy on Facebook and ‘fan’ them on Twitter for your chance to win great prizes.

Naturally Savvy sent me “unjunk your junk food” to read for this review. No Monetary compensation was received and these opinions are my own.









Posted by: on April 20, 2012 under Product Reviews & Giveaways

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