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Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time [Paperback]

Bonnie Taub-Dix

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Aug. 31 2010
A nationally recognized nutrition expert tells shoppers exactly what should be going into their carts.

The whole foods movement explained how to shop healthfully at the farmers market, but how can families shop smart at Wal-Mart? There is a wealth of information on labels, but most people have no idea that products labeled "trans-fat free" can contain trans-fats or that "all natural" is a meaningless phrase. Readers can bring this handy guide to the supermarket to help them interpret labels like a pro. How much sodium is too much? Are all carbs the kiss of death? And what does "organic" really mean? Renowned nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix clears up the confusion by showing readers how to make sense of the labels and sidestep tricky marketing ploys. She walks them through a typical grocery store and points out the best food choices to make in every aisle.

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Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix is a specialist in behavior and lifestyle modification, nutritional therapy, obesity and weight management with thirty years of experience. She lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great supermarket guide! Aug. 31 2010
By Elisa Zied - Published on
Read It Before You Eat It is an indispensable guide for anyone perplexed, confused, and downright frustrated by what they see and read on today's food labels. As a registered dietitian and author/writer myself (not to mention a mother of two), I always emphasize to consumers and to my own family that whole and minimally processed foods should be the cornerstone of a healthful, balanced, calorie-appropriate, but still enjoyable (and delicious) diet. Fortunately, amidst all the unhealthy, high calorie, high sugar, high sodium, nutrient-poor foods and beverages that line grocery store shelves, there are many healthful ones that come in boxes, containers, bags, cans, and bottles. But knowing what to choose and what terms on labels mean isn't always a piece of cake!! If you truly want to make more mindful and healthful food and beverage selections the next time you buy food to feed yourself and/or your family, this reader-friendly and informative book should be your first stop. I highly recommend it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read Read It Before You Eat It and Eat Healthier Dec 13 2010
By Hope Warshaw - Published on
In Read It Before You Eat It, (just love this title for which Bonnie gives full credit to her son), written by seasoned dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN, (link) you'll find everything you need to know about the reading the food label front, back and sides. Among the topics Taub-Dix covers is: the nutrition facts label and related regulations, the meaning of many nutrition claims and health claims. But the most hands-on practical assistance is in Part Two - Navigating the Aisles: How to Shop for the Best Food (I would have called them...the Healthiest Foods). And that's Bonnie's goal: "to help people become label reading experts to shop quicker and healthier."
No doubt, shopping the multiplying and widening supermarket aisles can be overwhelming and downright confusing. I often look at people facing the orange juices, milks, yogurts, salad dressings, etc., and observe their eyes glazed over with all the options. It reminds of my mother's comment that buying milk used to be simple...there was one type of milk. (I often want to come to peoples' rescue and sometimes do noting my profession!)

If you read Read It Before You Eat It your glazed over look will disappear, you'll zero in on the healthiest choices and emerge with a cart-full of delicious and healthy foods quicker and with less brain-drain.

Bonnie teaches how to not be de-railed by front-of-package advertising hype and the how to's of interpreting the complicated nutrition facts label. Yes, you'll finally figure out how to apply those DV (daily values) to you! She answers the questions: Is organic worth it?, how to make sense of the ingredient list, and the front-of-package nutrition ranking programs which are proliferating (such as NuVal and Guiding Stars and others which have already seen better days). A valuable resource list linking you to reliable health and nutrition concludes the book.

You'll be able to read through this fun and easy read in a couple of hours or keep it on your bookshelf (better yet, keep it with your reusable shopping bags). Thanks Bonnie for writing Read It Before You Eat It. Follow Bonnie's tweets about her book on twitter at #readitb4ueatit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read a book; change your life! Nov. 17 2010
By Gloria Rosenthal - Published on
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Read it before you eat it

How often does a book change your life? I'm not referring to "reading for pleasure" for some books, fact or fiction, can make an impression. I am talking about a real life-changing book that is also a pleasure to read. Bonnie Taub-Dix takes what has been, until now, a dull, scientific way of teaching us to watch what we eat and you've probably tossed aside magazine articles telling you to read labels. Now she hands us an easy to follow, easy to understand, down-to-earth method of doing what we hate doing, and in just a few chapters she has us doing it with spirit! Her introduction to each segment tells us what to expect and her Fast Facts helps us remember what we should not forget. All right, I had one negative reaction (stay with me on this). I finally substituted sorbet for my much-loved Ben & Jerry's. But wait! That negative turned into a real positive when my doctor was delighted with my "numbers." If you've been putting off making the necessary changes in your eating habits, please READ IT BEFORE YOU EAT IT and come along with me on an easy trip to better health, with a weight-loss bonus.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, excellent resource Dec 16 2010
By Michelle Dudash, RD - Published on
As a freelance writer, spokesperson, and recipe developer, I spend many hours alone. In my office. Working. Many times, I like to bounce ideas off of other colleagues to see what their take is. Bonnie (the author) gave me a copy of this when I was writing an article on label reading and I still refer to it again and again. "Read It Before You Eat It" provides me with instant answers to my questions, which is why I keep it within an arms reach of my computer, for questions like "Are cage free eggs really better?" or "What is the word these days on high fructose corn syrup?"

I would recommend this book to: consumers who are totally confused by label reading or just want to learn a little more, dietitians, chefs, nutrition teachers, and anyone else who is responsible for spreading sound, scientific-based nutrition information.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Oct. 5 2010
By Patti Chadwick - Published on
If you are new to good nutrition and need help reading labels and figuring out what it all means, this book is for you. The author is a registered dietitian and offers great advice on how to better feed yourself and your family. Best of all, it is a fun read, which makes it much easier to learn! Lots of information and answers to almost every question you can think of. If you are looking to make a change in your diet, get this book! Very user-friendly.

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