Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time Paperback – Aug 31 2010
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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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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.
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.
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.
The information is not the type of book with all the "high tech" language that will make you want to "shoot" it; trust me you will love this little book