I recently joined the review team for Naturally Savvy.
Admittedly, I am not a “crunchy” mama. I know am not green enough, natural enough, or organic enough to be considered crunchy. I am, however, migrating my family toward healthier lifestyles, and I like the Naturally Savvy website. So, when I had a chance to join their team of reviewers, I signed up. Naturally.
As a reviewer for Naturally Savvy, I recently received a copy of the new book Unjunk Your Junk Food, coauthored by Andrea Donsky, Randy Boyer, and Lisa Tsakos.
As a parent of a child with a food allergy, I am a label reader. By necessity, I always read the ingredient labels first, because I am looking for the allergen. Coupled with this, as a family, we have become more conscious of other things in our foods, as well. And we want better options.
Several months ago, I declared that we were doing away with boxed foods altogether. I failed. Miserably. Because, let’s face it, boxes are more convenient and often easier. Not to mention CHEAPER. That’s where the Unjunk Your Junk Food guide comes in handy. The point of the book is to help you avoid the junk (i.e. chemical additives, colors, etc) in your food.
The book lists The Scary Seven, or seven things you DON’T want to see in your foods. What are The Scary Seven?
- 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).
You’d be surprised by how few items in most pantries escape without at least ONE of the seven in them. I know I was. Even my “healthy” nutrition bars have some of the scary stuff in them. Bleh. While my cupboard isn’t quite there yet (I do use Splenda), it is moving in the right direction! The healthiest packaged food in my cupboard? WOWBUTTER.
The NaturallySavvy.com team has started an ‘edible (R)evolutionTM and I plan to join in. Check it out, you may decide to join, too! While your at it, Like Naturally Savvy on Facebook.
Unjunk Your Junk Food is available wherever books are sold, including on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.