Do you know what’s in your junk food? While you probably know junk food is not so good for you, do you really have any idea just how bad it is? I’m not just talking about extra calories, fats, or sugars that add to the waistline, but also the plethora of chemicals and food additives that are harming your health. Yeah I know it’s kind of scary, but we all want to and should indulge in a treat every now and then, so why not make that treat just a little bit better for our health (trust me your body will thank you in the long run).
When I received the book Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives To Conventional Snacks from the creators Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer over at NaturallySavy.com I was rather excited. For the past few years, I’ve been making an effort to read labels on anything and everything I bring into my house. It’s not easy to do and can get rather confusing, so that’s where this book is a huge help. This book is packed full of helpful tips about cutting the junk out of your food, what exactly all that junk is, what to look out for, and gives plenty of healthier alternatives to your favorite snacks such as Doritos, Chips Ahoy, Snickers, Duncan Hines, Pop Tarts, Twizzlers, and Coke.
So what exactly is considered “junk”? Good question. The book does a great job of breaking down and describing these toxic ingredients which include:
- High fructose corn syrup
- Trans fats
- Artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners
- Preservatives such as sodium benzoate, or sulfur dioxide
In addition, the book also lays out some more questionable ingredients that are probably a good idea to stay away from as well. These include:
- Emulsifiers such as carrageenan, propylene glycol, and sodium caseinate
- Flavor enhancers such as autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, and yeast extract
This is some pretty nasty stuff! Even the names sound a bit scary…
Although I’d never tell you to eliminate all junk food from your diet (although limiting it to only a few times a week is a good idea), I will encourage you to select options that are purer and much better for your health. You’ll be surprised at how often these unhealthy ingredients are found in your favorite foods, so make sure you are always reading those labels. This book is a great resource to give you those healthy alternatives but also to teach you how to be smart about reading labels on your own. The more you know about what’s in the foods you buy, the better the choices you can make for your health and your waistline.
Be sure to pick up your copy of Unjunk Your Junk Food at Amazon.com.
What toxic foods could you eliminate out of your cupboard?