Unjunk your junk food review

Book Review: Unjunk Your Junk Food—Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks

Unjunk your junk food
Sometimes we all need a little help choosing the right things to eat. Whether its for our kids, our family or us – do we really know what we’re eating and putting into our bodies?

Due to food allergies, I have to be more proactive about the food I eat and the products in them. I’ve read up on how they make some of the food additives -and honestly some of it makes you want to never eat again. But we all know that’s not an option, so how do you still eat, still indulge without adding chemicals to your diet that are not only harmful to your body – but you don’t want to know how they make them!

I’ve seen similar books that tell you what you should eat as an alternative but Unjunk Your Junk Food doesn’t just tell you what to avoid but it tells you why!

Unjunk Your Junk Food was written by Andrea Donsky (Co-Founder of NaturallySavvy.com), Randy Boyer and Lisa Tsakos. The goal of the book other than to find out what chemicals you’re really eating, to make sure you know the importance of what is in your food. Several of the chemicals in your food can be linked to heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.

The book even includes a list of “The Scary Seven” – 7 of the worst additives that could be in your food including:

  • 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).

Reading the book was not only interesting, but it made me go into the kitchen and open up the snack cupboard. We don’t have a standard pantry in our kitchen, so the majority of our food is in our basement on shelves. But all of our snacks are in a couple small cupboards in the kitchen. We have several varieties of snacks, his, mine – random things in case that craving strikes. It doesn’t matter if they’re a major brand or even gluten free – the majority had at least 1 of the Scary Seven ingredients in them.

I was actually shocked at the amount of the bad ingredients in items that were suppose to be gluten free and “better” for me. Was it necessary for them to add them all to make it “taste” more real? I was able to cook items from scratch without those ingredients. Like you – I don’t have a big vat of MSG just sitting around to add to meals.

After reading the book, I pay more attention to that pesky ingredient list on the side of all our food. Now I’m not only looking to make sure I can eat it without getting sick, but I’m also making sure my snacks don’t have more added ingredients than we need. Why add all the chemicals to our food if they’re only going to hurt our bodies!?

You can find Unjunk Your Junk Food at Barnes and Noble or you can purchase it Online on Amazon Here

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Unjunk Your Junk Food—Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks

  1. It’s good to see a book that tells you what is bad for you and WHY it’s bad for you. I didn’t know there were so many foods that could lead to serious health problems, like cancer!
    Great review btw.

  2. Moderation moderation moderation… those are the 3 key things to always remember. We don’t want to deprive ourselves of ‘junk’ but we all should learn that it’s OK to have a little bit of ‘junk’ …we only have one life to live and I choose chocolate 😀

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