Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review ~ Unjunk Your Junk Food

I was recently given a copy of 'Unjunk Your Junk Food - Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snack' to review.  The book was provided to me free to review from Naturally Savvy.  I am not one that normally has junk food in the house.  It's junk food and I have no will power to not just plow through a bag, box or what ever the container is.  My solution it to keep in in the house on a very limited basis, or for special occasions.  When this review opportunity popped up I was intrigued and decided to go ahead and check it out.

Unjunk Your Junk Food is a quick an easy to read guide that looks at nutritional panels in a whole new way.  It does not focus so much on the fat and calories, but instead looks first at the ingredients to help choose treats that do not contain any chemical additives that the authors have dubbed as "The Scary Seven"

The Scary Seven 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).

With the book in my claws I ran to my kitchen to see what junk food I happen to have on hand to do some comparisons.

Popcorn ~ My all time go-to "healthy" junk food.  Total fail.  My FAVORITE brand of Popcorn has TBHQ and artificial flavoring.  I guess that is why it has the extra buttery taste that I love so much.

Powdered Drink Mix ~ Again an epic fail with artificial sweeteners and artificial colors.

Cake Mix ~ While I never though of cake mix as healthy, I never bothered to look at the ingredients list.  The box I pulled out of the cupboard had partially hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors. 

While going through this book and checking out different things in my kitchen, I've learned to look at more than just the calories and fat content.  I am now looking at food labels more closely and making a more informed decision about the foods that I buy.  I have also increased the number of treats that I make at home from scratch instead of going out and buying them.

Unjunk Your Junk Food is available at

Celebrities like Maria Shriver and Alan Arkin have endorsed the book. To view their testimonials, CLICK HERE.