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Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution Paperback – Dec 30 2008


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (Dec 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605298387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605298382
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 7 2009
Format: Paperback
Food and beverage marketers focus on what causes you to buy more. If you are like me, you are attracted to labels that tout things like "low fat," "natural," "multi grain," and "light." Let the buyer beware. Those labels often cover up for high calorie, high sugar, high salt, high trans fat, and high glycemic items that aren't good for your health or your waist line.

In simple terms, David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding point out the advantages of getting rid of extra calories, sugar, salt, trans fat, and high glycemic ingredients where you can have a healthy, tasty alternative (almost always).

After the general introduction, the book dives into a specific look at how to evaluate foods and beverages at the supermarket, produce, meat, fish, refrigerated foods, pantry staples, snacks, sweets, frozen items, beverages, and ways to spend less. In those sections, you get an explanation of what to look for and what to avoid. Then, one page of "better" items is compared to one page of "worse" items. The differences in content are pretty large in some cases, and not so large in others. This gives you a sense of where to pick your fights. The book ends up with some recipe and meal ideas.

It also made me realize that I need to find stores that stock these healthier (and yes, they are often more expensive) items. Many of the "better" choices are ones that I don't remember seeing a store.

Like all brief books, this one has weaknesses. It doesn't mention carcinogens, for instance. Some "natural" foods like alfalfa sprouts have natural carcinogens in them while some "not so natural" foods like baked bread have anti-carcinogens in them through the preservatives used.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn on Feb. 8 2009
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There's a couple of books in this series and this one is meant for what to buy and not to buy at the grocery market. Although there's no such thing as an exercises-less diet this book helps you find the foods you LOVE by showing you the calories for one product (ie. McCain Pizza vs digiorno pizza). Which one has less calories. It is very detailed and very descriptive. Covers all grocery store isles. One complaint? It doesn't cover store brand names from stores like Superstore, Safeway, Coop, Sobeys, etc. but find the best product to buy and then physically compare to store name brand if you want to save more money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a reader on Jan. 17 2009
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In this book, it's all about being a discerning consumer when you are in the grocery store. It's about knowing what to look out for and what to avoid. The author of this book has complied an excellent array of good tasting but not high calorie foods that anyone who wishes to lose weight can eat without worrying. It's a great addition to any weight loss program. I also would recommend Fatass No More! How I Lost Weight and Still Ate Cheeseburgers and Fries.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enqirery Mind on March 25 2009
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This is an excellent book which I find extremly useful. I use it as a referrence when I shop and has finally learned to make healthy choices for myself and my family.
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Received my book in perfect shape! Thanks! I was flipping through it and noticed that some of the foods that they suggest you eat instead of other foods, are higher in salt. They may be lower in fat and calories than the other products, but the salt content is higher. Otherwise, I think there is some great information. ONLY MAJOR PROBLEM I have with this, is that this book was based on American supermarkets..and as a Canadian, we don't have most of the brands that U.S does. Some brands we do have..Kellog's..Campbell's..etc..but not all..so that makes it kind of difficult to follow..but I guess we can figure out what the Canadian equivalent is pretty easily just based on the product info on the nutrition facts. Anyway, overall, I think it's a good book, and I am glad I purchased it. Definitely helps you be aware of what these big supermarket chains are putting into our food and not telling us.

P.S - WINDSOR (and I'm sure other brands of) SALT HAS SUGAR IN IT..(It's in the ingredients, but NOT on the nutrition facts)..
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When I think about grocery shopping in the United States (or in Canada for that matter), I cannot help but recall the scene in the old movie Moscow on the Hudsonwhen Robin Williams character is instructed to go shop for coffee in the local market. Having been used to rationing in the Soviet Union he has not been exposed to the variety of food product available to him in the United States. Overwhelmed he keeps saying "Coffee, coffee, coffee" then passes out not being able to make what appears to him a most complex decision at the time.
It is not too much unlike that grocery shopping in the United States today. You come into a supermarket bulging with products all very colorfully marketed making sometimes unfounded claims as to their health benefits. It is wise, therefore, to come armed with the knowledge that what one buys IS really healthy for them not something a marketer told them to get them to buy their goods. This IS the proverbial SUPERMARKET SURVIVAL GUIDE one should read before entering a store and keeping handy while still in the store.
The book starts with Chapter 1 "Getting to Know and Love the Supermarket." Within that chapter the author lists 11 Secrets the Food Industry Doesn't Want You to Know and the 20 Worst Packaged Foods in America. It is helpful to know, for starters, what kind of food one should consider junk before going on to food shopping for healthy products. Chapter 2 "The Produce Aisle" is simply lovely.
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